Pawnee Language

At the time of contact, the Pawnee language was spoken around the Platte River in present day Nebraska. The two major dialects of Pawnee are Skiri and South Band. Pawnee is a member of the northern branch of the Caddoan language family. Related languages include Arikara, Kitsai, and Wichita.

Selected Language Information

Hayden, Ferdinand. 1869. Brief Notes on the Pawnee, Winnebago, and Omaha Languages. Proceedings from the American Philosophical Society.

Parks, Douglas R. 1976. A Grammar of Pawnee. New York: Garland.

Parks, Douglas. 1977. Pawnee Texts: Skiri and South Band. International Journal of American Linguistics- Native American Texts Series Vol. 2.1: 65-90.

Parks, Douglas R. and Lula Nora Pratt. 2008. A Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee. Lincoln: University of Nebraska in Cooperation with the American Indian Studies Research Institute, Indiana University.

Weltfish, Gene. 1936. The Vision Story of Fox-Boy: A South Band Pawnee Text. International Journal of American Linguistics Vol. 9. 44-75.

Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection


Pawnee Language Program

Catalogue of Endangered Languages