SIL Mexico

Serian Family

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The Seri language (WAVCmiique Iitom) is considered a language isolate. (Some people have proposed that is part of the Hokan stock, but not much evidence has been presented to support the hypothesis.) It is spoken in two villages (El Desemboque del Río San Ignacio and Punta Chueca) on the coast of the state of Sonora, Mexico. Tiburón Island in the Gulf of California is part of the traditional Seri homeland, and it is called Tahejöc.

Map: where Seri is spoken in Mexico
Map: the Seri region

The total Seri population was less than 200 in the 1930's. Today it is at least three times larger.

The Seri people call themselves the WAVComcaac (singular: WAVCmiique). Until the middle of the twentieth century they were hunter-gatherers. Their livelihood today is based on commercial fishing and the sale of shell necklaces, ironwood carvings, and traditional baskets.

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