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We don't know for sure. At the time she was discovered, linguists could not identify her language. In the fictional book Dear Miss Karana, the main character contacts the spirit of Karana and realizes she speaks a language similar to Chamteela, the tongue of an India reservation in Southern California, 150 miles away from where Karana was found, San Nicolas Island. Some now believe that could've been the closest language to what she was speaking. But as Karana is dead now, we cannot confirm. It will most likely remain a mystery.

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Although the book (Island of the Blue Dolphins) was written in English, the author achknowledged she spoke a different laguage. In real life we're not sure. (Read above)
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Karana, the main character in "Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell, spoke the language of her tribe, the Ghalas-at people. It is not explicitly stated in the book what language they spoke, but it is implied to be a Native American language that was spoken in the Channel Islands off the coast of California.

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When Juana Maria (the name given to her by Santa Barbara missionaries) was discovered in 1853, it was written that "She cannot speak any known language" in a Sacramento newspaper article. She was utterly unable to communicate with anyone including any Native Americans. A song and a few words were recorded and although a Cruzeño Indian claimed to have translated the lyrics of the song, her accuracy is very speculative.

We can infer that she probably spoke the native Nicoleñolanguage of San Nicolas Island. She was the last known Survivor of the Nicoleño Native American tribe which makes it very unlikely that any other person would speak her dialect. However, there are no other examples of the Nicoleño language to compare with, and because of the failure of local natives to decipher the language it is probable that the language she spoke was Nicoleño influenced by the language of the people who would hunt and trade on San Nicolas such as Aluet.

In short, we don't really know. However the only direct, truly primary source evidence we have (the recording) suggests that the language was most similar to the Tongva language spoken on Santa Catalina Island of which there is documentation.

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south african?

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It was written in engliish but was spoken differently

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