Keresan Language

The Keresan language is an isolate language spoken only among the people of seven pueblos in New Mexico. The language is further divided into Eastern and Western subsets, each of which is significantly different from the other. Each pueblo also has its own dialect of Keresan but each dialect is mutually intelligible with its nearest neighbors.

Some sources say Keresan has been traced back through Chaco Canyon to the Mesa Verde area. It took a couple hundred years for all the migrating to happen but eventually, all the Keresan-speaking people settled in an area that became the middle Rio Grande Pueblos and in the area south of the Rio Puerco and west of the Rio Grande.