LET'S SPEAK KUMEYAAY
My name is Samuel Brown. I am reservation born and bred. I am a
resident enrolled member of Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and I look like an
Indian. Some people are Indian but you would not know unless they told you. My
parents, grandparents and so on back were Kumeyaay Indian and I am considered a
full blood 100% but I am positive there were other types of people back there
somewhere. Some males, in my family, lose the hair on the top of their heads and
I am thinning out, so? Both my parents spoke our language but they spoke different dialects. They
both came from the Capitan Grande Reservation but my late Mother came from one
village and my Father another village. Here lies a great language
debate. Which is the TRUE language. I don't really want to get
involved in this debate so I will just use what I heard growing up. Someone pointed out to me
that my late Father and I do pronounce things differently. This might be true
since I did learn from my Late Grandmother and she spoke Mesa Grande. Well, at least I am trying to
do something. My first language is English but I have picked
up bits of our language since I was a child. I can pronounce words without
an American English accent. When true native speakers hear me talk they
think I know more than I do because I sound like I do.
number of fluent speakers on each reservation can be counted on one or maybe two
hands. The phrases presented here are my attempt to preserve some of the
language. If you learn the few phrases here you know more language than
most people today. All the spelling is just my guess (including English).
I am adding stuff to this all the time.
Since the advent of the Casinos several tribes are attempting to preserve
their language. There are other language websites and book dictionaries. Am I
duplicating what others have already done? I don't care as I am just doing this
to have fun. I have better ideas on how things are done electronically and I
have shared but everyone has their own ideas.
This web site cost me $25 a year to operate. There is also time and
effort, but that is just elbow grease. Oddly I thought some other tribes
might want to do something like this for their tribe but so far no one has
contacted me or asked how I do this. So, I will just keep truck'n away.
If you have time, go to YouTube and enter howkasam, some other stuff of mine
will be there.