Forty Narratives in the Wyandot Language

By (author) John L. Steckley
Categories: Non-classifiable
Series: McGill-Queen's Indigenous and Northern Studies
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Paperback : 9780228003625, 672 pages, December 2020

A rare collection of stories as told by some of the last Wyandot speakers.


In 1911–1912, French-Canadian anthropologist Marius Barbeau spent a year recording forty texts in the Wyandot language as spoken by native speakers in Oklahoma. Though he intended to return and complete his linguistic study, he never did. More than a century later Forty Narratives in the Wyandot Language continues Barbeau’s work. John Steckley provides an engaging analysis and fresh translation of the texts in order to preserve the traditional language and cultural heritage of the Wyandot or Wendat people.


  • Short-listed, Prose Awards in the category of Language & Linguistics 2021


"Forty Narratives in the Wyandot Language is very significant as a literary record of a people and a language, and makes a major contribution to the study of Indigenous language in North America. " David Kanatawakhon-Maracle, Western University, Ontario