Monday, February 20, 2012

Rumsen Ohlone

Rumsen is a member of the Costanoan, or Ohlonean, language family. Recognized as a distinct language family by the linguist Albert Gatschet in 1877, the Costanoan
languages are considered part of the broad Penutian family, which also includes Miwok.

Rumsen, now dormant, was one of eight distinct but related Costanoan languages spoken in north-central California in the region of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas.
Rumsen was spoken in the Monterey-Carmel region down the coast to Big Sur in the south and Soledad in the east. The last known native speaker of Rumsen, Isabelle Meadows, died in 1939.

From: Some Observations of Rumsen Ohlone Grammar

Picture of Rumsen Indian mortar hole from: tsallam's photostream

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