Alternative name(s): Zuñi, Shiwi

Language family: Penutic language

Geographical use: West Central New Mexico (USA) (bounded on the West, in Arizona, by several reservations of Apache speakers - a traditional enemy group - which prevented it from spreading into Arizona. On the North, South and East, they are bounded by vast expanses of desert)

Information: spoken by around 10,000 people, the Zuni (or Ashiwi)

It was long considered a language isolate but recently has been re-classified as a Penutic / Penutian language.

The Zuni are the only Pueblo group in New Mexico to use Kachinas ( god-effigies ) - like the Hopi of Arizona.