Map of North American Indigenous Languages

Wikimedia Commons provides a map of North American Indigenous language families including Canada’s largely distributed Eskimo-Aleut, Na-Dene and Algic to language families across small areas such as the Haida in British Columbia and the Beothuk of Newfoundland. It also includes isolate languages such as the Ktunaxa in British Columbia, Idaho and Montana. The map is available in German, Spanish and French.

This site provides many hyperlinks to Wikipedia for further information about the map content, languages and links to maps and information about languages in Mexico, Latin America and South America.  The site also provides a link to the Aboriginal Mapping Network which is a great resource for mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

This is a great site to visit before doing research on broad or specific topics related to indigeneity.

2 thoughts on “Map of North American Indigenous Languages

  1. Nicola Einarson

    The map of the North American Indigenous language families is an a powerful visual. I realize the discrete boundaries of the geographical/language boundaries was for simplicity’s sake (complex as the patchwork is,) but the cross-cultural jargon that was required for trading is also an interesting aspect of language geography as well.

    The map was helpful for cross referencing with the list of attendees for a language revitalization conference I will be attending next month, according to the attendee list the group of 40 participants researching 27 languages!


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