How many different languages did Native Americans in California speak?

California Indians (Native Americans) spoke about 90 languages.

But even peoples who used the same one often spoke very different dialects (regional variations in a language). Two villages’ dialects could be as different as English and German. These dialects first grew up because villages had fairly little contact with one another.

Once they were well established, these differences in language helped to keep these peoples apart.

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