Map of Vanishing Native American Languages


Last Updated: 19 years

This animated map illustrates how Euro-American settlement between 1600 and today displaced Native Peoples and eradicated their languages.

Adapted from: Gerlach, Arch C., The National Atlas of the
United States of America,
Washington, D.C.: U.S.
Dept. of the Interior, Geological Survey, 1970; U.S.
Dept. of Interior, Indian Lands in the United States,
BIA Geographic Data Service Center, Dec, 1998.;Sturtevant,
William C. Early Indian Tribes, Culture Areas, and
Linguistic Stock
, Smithsonian Instituion, Washington,D.C.,
1967.; and Strutevant, William C. (Ed.) Handbook
of North American Indian,
Vol. 17, Languages, 1996.
Ives Goddard, Vol. Ed.”