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Michif and Bungi (Bungee)

Michif and Bungi (Bungee)

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A recent article by Mark Abley from the Gazette on the Bungi and Michif languages of the Metis. bungi was often called the Red River Dialect.
A recent article by Mark Abley from the Gazette on the Bungi and Michif languages of the Metis. bungi was often called the Red River Dialect.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Jun 23, 2013
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03/13/2014

 
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