Frequently Asked Questions (Language)


What is some basic information on the Otoe-Missouria language?

The Otoe-Missouria language is part of the Jiwere language group which is part of the larger Siouan language family. The Jiwere language group consists of Otoe (Jiwere), Missouria (Nut’achi), Ioway (Baxoje), and Winnebago (Hocąk). These languages are very closely related to each other and are also closely related to the Dhegiha languages (Ponca, Omaha, Kansa, Quapaw, and Osage).


Is it true that men and women speak differently in Otoe-Missouria?

Yes. While a good portion of the language is the same for both, there are some differences between the two. The most common difference is the ending of sentences.