Houma Language Project

We use language reclamation as a form of cultural participation and representation.

In the 1700s, the Houma people lived on the banks of the Red River and Mississippi River, speaking a language similar to that of the Bayougoula. Presently, there are no known speakers of this language, and sparse information compiled on the language from the 1700-1800s. Through our aims, the project hopes to provide a Houma language that reflects the historical culture.


The project has three aims


Connect

Connect community to language in an accessible format, and encourage a uses of the language



Reconstruct

reconstruct language, provide descriptions through grammar, vocabulary and syntax, and create contemporary examples


Gather

gather existing information, preserve fragile content, and present it in an accessible form