The Tataviam language was traditionally spoken on the upper Santa Clara River into the Sawmill and Tehachapi Mountains. Today, there are no first-language speakers (Golla 2011).

Tatativam (also called "Alliklik") is a member of the Takic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. It is related to Cahuilla, Cupeño, Gabrielino, Juaneno, Kitanemuk, Luiseño, and Serrano. The other Uto-Aztecan languages of California are Tubatulabal and the Numic languages (Chemehuevi-Southern Paiute-Ute, Comanche, Kawaiisu, Mono, Northern Paiute, Panamint, and Shoshone).

Selected archival materials at Berkeley

Further reading

  • Golla, Victor. 2011. California Indian languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.


We acknowledge with respect the Ohlone people on whose traditional, ancestral, and unceded land we work and whose historical relationships with that land continue to this day.