Frequently Asked Questions
Provided by Dept. of Anthropology & Genealogy Seminole Tribe of Florida.
What language do the Seminoles speak?
Q: What language do the Seminoles speak?A: There is no such thing as a "Seminole" language. Today, the members of the Seminole tribe speak one or both of two languages: Maskókî and Mikisúkî. These are the only two left from among the dozens of dialects that were spoken by their ancestors here in the Southeast. Maskókî, erroneously called "Creek" by English speakers, is the core language. Mikisúkî is a dialect of Hitchiti, which was itself a dialect of the core language, Maskókî. Although Maskokî is spoken in Oklahoma as well as in Florida, Mikisukî is spoken in only one place on earth: in South Florida, by the members of the Seminole and Miccosukee Tribes.