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Coahuiltecan Language

The Coahuiltecan language is considered extinct because less than 1,000 people now speak this language.  The Institute is dedicated to the study and revival of the Coahuiltecan language, through ceremonial songs and lessons that provide easy access to learning.

For a Coahuiltecan language dictionary and other relevant information published by the Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, visit the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

 

SONGS FROM CD WITH TRANSLATIONS
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1. Water Spirit Song
(Opening song)


Yana yana,Yawana yo
Yana yana, Yawana yo
Yana yana, Yawana yo
Yana yana, Yawana yo
Yan eya na ei nei
Yana yana, Yawana yo
Yanaywana Yawana yo
Yana eya na ei nei yowey.

“Water Spirit, that’s all there is.  
That’s the way it is.”

 

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3. Water is Everything 
(Opening Song)


Yana yana yo Yana yo yo yo
Yana yana yo Yana yo yo yo
(change tone-down)
Yana yana yo Yana yo yo yo
(change tone-down)
Yana yana yo Yana yo yo yo
Yana wana yo Yana yohui no
Eya na ei nei yowey.

“Water is life, it is everything,
everything, everything.
Water Spirit forms living things. 
That’s the way it is.”

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2. Water Spirit Song
(Opening song)


Mahām e yana yana wana yo
Mahām e yana yana wana yo
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Eya na ei nei
Maham e yana yana wana yo
Eya na ei nei yowey.

“Have you partaken of Spirit, Water
Spirit, that is in all (Earth Life).”

 

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4. Road Chief
(Opening Song)


Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wei ney neyo, iya xa we nayo
Yana wana iya xa we ney,eya na ei nei yowey.

“Moved by the life of water we sing and
dance to everything. Water Spirit we
sing and dance, that is what is.”

These four songs are performed by
Carlos Aceves.

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The Institute released its Coahuiltecan Traditional Ceremonial Songs CD and accompanying manual. This manual is made available to members of the Coahuiltecan community and people who follow an indigenous, ceremonial path.  For more information please contact the Institute through the contact page on this website.