Preserving the Cheyenne and Arapaho Language

"It has to be saved if we want to keep any kind of identity. If we are going to do Arapaho ceremonies, our God, he doesn't hear English".
—Alonzo Moss Sr., co-chairman of the Northern Arapaho Language and Culture Commission

"The Arapaho gave definitions to Colorado landmarks, and the plants and animals that inhabited it: Pikes Peak is the "long broad mountain"; Boulder was known as the place ‘where the Buffalo grazed on the mountain top'; and the bald eagle was "white-headed old man."
—Dr. Andrew Cowell, Associate Linguistics Professor, CU

"Language is considered the fifth element."
—N. Scott Momaday, Poet and Novelist

"Our Cheyenne Language defines our identity and that's how we pass on our culture"
Steve Brady

Cheyenne and Arapaho are two separate languages in the Algonquian language family. Today the Cheyenne and Arapaho are working to keep their language alive.