Culture | History | Language Groups

Groups of people that share the same language are known as language groups. There are many different Native American language groups and you can learn about some of them in this section.

Algonquian

Algonquian

The Algonquian language group includes includes tribes that resided along the Eastern coast of the United States. Tribes such as the Powhatans are included in this group and you can learn about them here. See more »

Athapascan

Athapascan

The Athapascan Native American language group is one of the largest language groups in North America. This language group includes tribes from the middle region of the American continent. You can learn about this language group in this section. See more »

Early Native Americans

Early Native Americans

The Early Native Americans section explores the history of the first people that settled North America. In this section, you can learn about groups such as the mound builders who settled the United States many years before the first Europeans arrived. See more »

Iroquoian

Iroquoian

The Mowhawk and Cherokee Native Americans spoke languages that are part of the Iroquoian language group. In this section, you can learn about the Cherokees and other groups that spoke these languages. See more »

Muskhogean

Muskhogean

Native Americans living along the Gulf Coast of the United States spoke languages that are part of the Muskhogean language group. You can learn about these Native Americans and the languages in this section. See more »

Other Language Groups

Other Language Groups

Smaller groups of Native American languages are found in our Other Native American Language Groups section. Here you can learn about some of these languages and the groups of people that used them. See more »

Shapwailutan

Shapwailutan

The Shapwailutan language group includes languages that were used by people in the Washington region of the United States. You can learn about these languages and the people who spoke them in this section. See more »

Shoshonean

Shoshonean

A wide range of groups and tribes spoke languages that were part of the Soshonean language family. Here you can learn about some of these groups and the languages that make up this language group. See more »

Siouan

Siouan

The Siouan language group includes languages spoken by tribes, such as the Monacan Native Americans. Here you can explore the history of these languages and the people that used them. See more »