The Kanza, Kaw, or Kansa language was spoken at the time of contact along the Kansas River in present day Kansas. The Kansa language is a member of the Dhegiha branch of the Siouan-Catawban language family. Related languages include Osage, Omaha-Ponca, and Quapaw.
Selected Language Information
Dorsey, James Owen. 1885. On the Comparative Phonology of Four Siouan Languages. Smithsonian Institution Annual Report for 1883. 919-929.
Kaw Nation. 2010. Kaáⁿze Wéyaje- Kanza Reader. Kaw City, Oklahoma.
Sample Archival Materials in the Native American Languages Collection
English to Kansa Language Online Dictionary
Kanza Vocabulary (Talking Dictionary)
Catalogue of Endangered Languages