List of Illustrations; Preface; 1. Investigating the Calusa; 2. The European Period History of the Calusa; 3. Records of Calusa Culture; 4. The Source of the Calusa Language; 5. The Nature of the Calusa Language; 6. Tracing the Calusa Migration; 7. The Calusa and the Weeden Island Gulf Tradition; 8. The Language and Culture of Mid-Florida; 9. A Final Assessment; References; Index.
The linguistic origins of Native American cultures and the connections between these cultures as traced through language in prehistory remain vexing questions for scholars across multiple disciplines and interests. Native American linguist Julian Granberry defines the Calusa language, formerly spoken in southwestern coastal Florida, and traces its connections to the Tunica language of northeast Louisiana. Archaeologists, ethnologists, and linguists have long assumed that the Calusa language of southwest Florida was unrelated to any other Native American language. Linguistic data can off.
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