" (UA) refers to a family of languages found in Western North American and Mexico.
(8) The story I tell for Los Angeles in "Ab urbe condita" focuses on the Uto-Aztecans
(called Gabrielino by the Spanish and Tongva by themselves), who, as the name implies, were one migratory branch of a group that also migrated southward and ruled Mesoamerica from Tenochtitlan when Cortes arrived in 1519.
Chapter titles reflect the book's temporal linearity, proceeding from "Conquest" to "Collapse." "Conquest" introduces the reader to bands of Uto-Aztecan
Shoshone who drifted southward from the Black Hills and literally became Comanche when they reached the Arkansas River, and Spanish notice, circa 1706.
There is one illustration on each page, with the opposite page showing the word for the symbol in English, Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan
language), and Spanish, providing opportunities to explore similarities among some words.
Jason Haugen, in his article about Uto-Aztecan
reduplication, analyzes grammaticalized reduplicative operations in order to reconstruct the productive reduplication mechanisms of the Proto-language of the Uto-Aztecan
In presenting a history of the dating techniques applied to rock-art in America and Europe, Pearson demonstrates the applicability of ethnographic data to the interpretation of Numic (Uto-Aztecan
) rock-art of the Coso Range of the western Great Basin of North America.
Many of these words are derived from Uto-Aztecan
languages spoken by the Yoemem (Mayo and Yaqui) and the O'odham (Papago and Pima Bajo), but there are just as many others that fell off the tongues of the Cucupa, Opata, and Guarijio.
To the Spanish traders and frontiersmen at Santa Fe, Komatcha became Comanche, and these Uto-Aztecan
people absorbed the insult-as-identity as surely and as quickly as they adapted to the horse.