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WebKanza is the online home of the Kanza language. This is the place to come to learn how to speak Kanza, how to teach it, and how and where to find more information. We also have news and upcoming events, useful links, and a whole lot more. This is also the homepage of The Kanza Language Project.

Kanza (also known as Kaw, Kansa, Konze, or Kansas) is a member of the Dhegiha (pronounced they-GEE-hah) branch of Mississippi Valley Siouan languages. It is most closely related to the other Dhegiha languages, including Omaha, Ponca, Quapaw, and especially Osage, but is also related to the various languages of the Sioux, Ioway, and Crow tribes, just to name a few.

The Kanza Language Project is the intergenerational effort of the Kaw Nation to revitalize, enhance, and promote the use of the Kanza language through research, education, and publication. Over the course of its life, the Kanza Language Project has been made possible in part through tribal funding, grants from the Administration for Native Americans (a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services) and Endangered Language Fund, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Beginning Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 5pm family language classes will return, and will be continuing every Tuesday night for 12 weeks. This class will be our second level beginners course. The classes will be held in the conference room located next to the gymnasium in the McCauley Multi–Purpose Center.

Start Date: 1/24/2017
When: Tuesdays!
Where: Conference Room in the gym at White Plume, OK.
Time: 5:00p.m.

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Google Earth tour of Kansas rivers and streams using Kanza names

Click here to take a tour of Kansas rivers and streams labeled with their Kanza names. This was created by the Language Landscape Project. This was based on a rough sketch of the Kansas River drainage that was in the possession of the National Anthropological Archives of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Google Earth is required to enter the tour. If you do not have Google Earth, click here to download.

Kaw Words Of The Week

The Big Dipper- Wábaha

To speak saucily to- Áhesázhe

Icicle- Náⁿghe ojá

Policeman- Ákida

Bachelor- Gazháⁿsi

Burp- Dóske

Evil- Shíge

Download a crossword puzzle and word search here!

Archived words and puzzles can be found here

Kanza Speaking Videos

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