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Pre-contact distribution of Wintun peoples


Wintun (also Wintuan, Wintoon) is the name generally given to a group of related Native American tribes who live in Northern California, including the Wintu, Nomlaki, Patwin and Southern Patwin tribes. Their range is from approximately present-day Lake Shastamarker to San Francisco Baymarker, along the western side of the Sacramento River to the Coast Range. Each of these tribes speak one of the Wintuan languages.

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Further reading

  • Goddard, Ives. 1996. "The Classification of the Native Languages of North America." In Languages, Ives Goddard, ed., pp. 290-324. Handbook of North American Indians Vol. 17, W. C. Sturtevant, general ed. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-048774-9.
  • Liedtke, Stefan. 2007. The Relationship of Wintuan to Plateau Penutian. LINCOM studies in Native American linguistics, 55. Muenchen: Lincom Europa. ISBN 9783895863578
  • Shipley, William F. 1978. "Native Languages of California." In California, Robert F. Heizer, ed., pp. 80-90. Handbook of North American Indians Vol. 8, W. C. Sturtevant, general ed. Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution. ISBN 0-16-048774-9.
  • Washington, F. B. 1989. Notes on the Northern Wintun Indians. Berkeley, CA: California Indian Library Collections Project [distributor].
  • Whistler, Kenneth W. 1977. "Wintun Prehistory: An Interpretation based on Linguistic Reconstruction of Plant and Animal Nomenclature." Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 19-21. pp. 157-174. Berkeley.


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