Mitchigamea language

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RegionArkansas in the United States
Extinct18th century?
Language codes
ISO 639-3cmm

Mitchigamea or Michigamea is a language spoken by Mitchigamea people.

In 1673, Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet used a Mitchigamea man, who only spoke Illinois poorly, as a translator between the Illinois-speaking French, and the Siouan-speaking Quapaw.[1] Jean Bernard Bossu provides two sentences from the mid-18th century which, according to John Koontz, indicate that Michigamea was a Siouan language of the Mississippi Valley branch.[2]


  1. ^ "Front Page". 11 August 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ Koontz, John E. 1995. Michigamea as a Siouan language. Paper presented at the 15th annual Siouan and Caddoan Languages Conference, University of New Mexico - Albuquerque.