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Besawunena (Beesowuunenno', Beesoowuuyeitiit)

"Besawunena" is the name of one of the important historical divisions of the Arapaho tribe, and also the name of the Arapaho dialect they spoke. There were Besawunena villages included in both the Northern Arapaho and Southern Arapaho groupings, and people of Besawunena descent live in both Arapaho tribes today. Besawunena is generally considered to have been a dialect of Northern Arapaho, though some linguists prefer to think of it as a closely related but distinct Arapahoan language. The Besawunena dialect is no longer spoken today.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Besawunena tribe and language:

 Arapaho language
 Cheyenne-Arapaho
 Arapaho pronunciation
 Arapaho words
 Algonkian language
 Plains Indians culture

Here are a few good books about the Besawunenas:
 Tell Me, Grandmother: Traditions, Stories, and Cultures of Arapaho People
 Arapaho Journeys
 The Arapaho Language



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