Native Languages of Arizona

"Native Languages of Arizona" is an exhibit installed at the Arizona State Museum that allows museum visitors to hear digital recordings and see the written form of two native languages spoken in Arizona . This interactive PowerPoint presentation lets visitors click on basic phrases in each of the languages and hear them spoken. Also included are basic dialogs that can be heard spoken as individual words or sentences along with optional translations. So far, the exhibit includes the languages Navajo and O'odham and it is hoped others will contribute materials in additional languages with the help of interested students. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the museum, on the west end toward the rear, in the Paths of Life gallery.

This Project Is Sponsored by


  • Professor Ofelia Zepeda, University of Arizona Department of Linguistics
  • Adjunct Lecturer Geneva A. John , University of Arizona Department of Linguistics

Project Participants

  • Director: Professor Richard A. Demers, University of Arizona Department of Linguistics
  • Software Engineering and Project Management: Scott Brill
  • Multimedia Editor & Producer: Onur Senarslan
  • Audio Performers: Erick John son, Delbert M. Ortiz, Uldis Balodis , Bryan A. Kohl, Harry Neale, Anna C. Oldfield
  • Manuscript Editors: Adj. Lect. Geneva A. John , Assistant Professor Mary Willie
  • Language Consultants: Professor Ofelia Zepeda, Adj. Lect. Geneva A. John, Delbert M. Ortiz

Special Thanks To:

  • Professor Alexander Dunkel, Director, Critical Languages Program
  • Russell B. Varineau, Curator of Exhibits, Arizona State Museum
  • Thomas E. Sheridan, Curator of Ethnohistory, Arizona State Museum

We welcome your comments on the exhibit.

See the Exhibit(Requires Internet Explorer)

Native Languages of Arizona is an exhibit at the Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona, Tucson

If you have Internet Explorer 4.0 or greater and a fast Internet connection, you can interact with the Powerpoint exhibit here.

Image, audio and text files from this project may not be saved or downloaded and are to be used only for viewing purposes.

This project was created with MaxAuthor, which is available free for non-commercial use.