Numu, Eecheeshkeen, and Kiksht
with Don Addison
Welcome back to Wisdom of the Elders.
Halito! I’m Don Addision and this is Speaking Native.
Three Native languages survive on the Warm Springs Reservation today: Northern Paiute (also called Numu), Sahaptin, or Eecheeshkeen, and Wasco, known as Kiksht.
Today the reservation has a vibrant language program of fluent Native speakers in all three languages, resulting in a growing number of younger speakers. Nchi-wana, meaning “the big river,” is the name of the Columbia River. Nchi-wana.
Until next time, yakoke !