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"Kanenavish," also spelled "Caminanbiche," was an alternate name for the Arapaho tribe which was sometimes used in older literature, including the journals of Lewis and Clark. This was not actually a Native American word, but was apparently an English corruption of the French phrase "Gens de Vache," which means "people of the cow" (referring to buffalo, who were very important to the Arapaho culture.)

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

 The Arapaho tribe
 Arapaho pronunciation
 Arapaho words
 Indians on the Plains

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

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