West Virginia Mingo
This site is dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of
the language of the West Virginia Mingo. Mingo is an Iroquoian
language native to the areas of western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and
West Virginia. It is a seriously
endangered language, with very
few native speakers remaining. However, in recent years, there
has been increasing
interest in the language among Mingo descendants, both in the traditional
homeland areas, as well as across the country.
The Mingo Alphabet
Throughout its history, Mingo was primarily an oral language.
It is only in the last few years that a standardized alphabet has been
adopted for the language. These pages explain how the alphabet works,
and provide audio links so that you can hear how the letters are pronounced
Like all languages, Mingo has a huge inventory of words. This
dictionary reflects only a small portion of all the words in Mingo.
It is perpetually being updated and re-edited.
Current Number of Mingo Entries: 2823
The online Mingo Text Archive provides a wealth of original texts composed
by Thomas McElwain. These texts are presented both in the original
Mingo and with corresponding English translations. Several of the
texts are also accompanied by sound files.
The grammar of Mingo is quite different from that of English and other
European languages. The pages here provide an introduction to the
language for beginning students.
Language Learning Materials
Over the past few years, a variety of instructional materials have been
produced to help people learn to speak, read and write in Mingo.
Fun and Games
Learning Mingo might be tough, but it can also be a lot of fun!
Getting in Touch
While most Mingo descendants still live in the Ohio Valley region, many
have moved away, and can now be found all across the country (and beyond!).
Note: This is currently under development, both in its lexical
databases and in the search engines.
ThomasGMcElwain@gmail.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org