spoken by Idaho's Native Peoples are of great importance. To name the
plants used in cordage. To describe the production of the cordage. To
have language to teach the next generation how to gather and produce
cordage. Language has always been a survival tool for Idaho's Native
were almost lost. The young people learned English, and the Tribal Elders,
who knew the tribal languages, were growing old and dying. The languages
were not being passed on to new generations.
today Idaho's Native Peoples are learning their languages and passing
them on to new generations.
the words for the plants, materials and tools involved in cordage. Look
closely at the the words. Do you see any that are alike? Do you see
words that are different?
and the Bannock speak languages belonging to the Numic Language Family.
The Nez Perce speak a language belonging to the Sahaptian Language Family.
The Coeur d' Alene speak a language belonging to the Salish Language