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Siouan Languages – Keyboard Layouts

Many of the Siouan languages have had several practical orthographies over the years, not to mention those systems used by Siouanist linguists. The key-layout of each language tries to accomodate all of these. The Pan-Siouan keyboard supplies all of the characters necessary for typing any Siouan language.

Each language will be provided with two keyboards, one for Windows and one for Macs. Older keyboards layouts which were available on this page in the past are always available if you contact me directly via email.

Multi-lingual keyboards typically keep the standard A–Z keys while the special characters used by the languages are mapped to punctuation keys. These keyboards allow for easy typing in both English and the Native langauge at the same time. Accents are typed after the base letter unless otherwise noted.

How The Keyboards Work

The multi-lingual keyboards place accents and special letters only on punctuation keys, so as not to interfere with letters required by English. This way borrowed words or proper names can be typed in a Native language text without switching keyboard layouts. Unless otherwise indicated, accents are typed after the letter they modify. Where a punctuation key has been altered, the original value is typed by holding down the RIGHT-ALT (on Windows) or one of the OPTION keys (on Macs) and hitting the punctuation key.

All keyboards (unless otherwise noted) on this site are designed to work with Unicode fonts, and as such, will only work with certain software (e.g. Windows XP, MS Word). See Unicode links page for Unicode friendly software.

I have included keyboards for all the languages whose orthography
I am relatively certain. However, the community’s orthographies could be modified by the local authorities in the future.

Keyboard Downloads and Maps

Specific Languages


Mac Download for all languages — Windows (see individual languages below)

Mac Installation InstructionsWindows Installation Instructions

Apsáaloke Crow Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Dakota Iapi (Mdewakanton) Dakota Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Hidatsa Hidatsa Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Hocąk Winnebago Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Kaáⁿze Íe Kanza/Kaw Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Lakota All-In-One   Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Lakot̄a White Hat   Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Lakȟóta Long-ƞ   Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Umóⁿhoⁿ Íye Omaha Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Nakoda (Ft Belknap) Assiniboine Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Nakoda / Isga Iʔabi Stoney Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows
Wazhazhe Osage Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows

Historical Orthographies

Mac Installation InstructionsWindows Installation Instructions

LaFlesche Osage, Ponca, Omaha Keymap (pdf) Download for Windows Download for Mac

Pan-Siouan Keyboard Layout (New and Improved)

Mac Installation InstructionsWindows Installation Instructions


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Last Update: October 27, 2008