Sahaptin is a synthetic to polysynthetic language with rich verbal morphology.
The language is severely endangered; there are only a handful of fluent Yakama elders who speak Sahaptin as their first language, all of whom also speak English.
Grammatical relations in Sahaptin are well-defined, and are morphologically indicated.
Differential object marking in Sahaptin is sensitive to animacy and topicality.
Franz Boas edited Folk-Tales of Salishan and Sahaptin
Tribes (1917), and other stories were told by Archie Phinney in Nez Perce Texts (1934).
Many of these are languages studied by members of the RHIM project (this holds for Blackfoot, Yakima Sahaptin, and Movima), but a second EuroBABEL project on Alor-Pantar languages is also represented (see the paper by Marian Klamer and Antoinette Schapper).
Joana Jansen on Yakima Sahaptin, a dialect of the Sahaptin language spoken in the Pacific Northwest of the United States
The structure of monotransitive constructions in Yakima Sahaptin is heavily dependent on referential factors.
His brother is in the Sahaptin class and also studies Chinook Wawa, a trade language.
Joana Jansen, a doctoral student who is working to comprehensively document Sahaptin grammar, hopes Beavert doesn't make good on her threat to retire anytime soon.
Jacob was born in Seattle and learned some Yakama Sahaptin from his paternal grandmother.
instead of three and five as with Sahaptin tribes) is characteristic of ritual repetition in Salish storytelling.
With the Sahaptin tribes (Nimi'ipuu, Cayuse, Yakama, and others of the Southern Plateau), winter is storytelling time.
These possible differences between Salish and Sahaptin oral traditions may have been one way for individual groups or tribes within the plateau to have maintained a bit more distinct identity within the larger culture area.
These myths are from six tribes - Ojibwa, Cree, Tsimshian, Sekani, Sahaptin
, and Hopi.