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Nehiraw-Iriniw

"Nehiraw-Iriniw" is an alternate name for the Atikamekw tribe. It comes from joining two Atikamekw words meaning "Indian" and "person." Though this is widely said by non-Native people to be the tribe's own name for themselves, none of our Atikamekw contacts has ever heard this phrase used in that way. More likely it is an anthropological term, combining the two words nehiraw and iriniw that are used to refer to a Native person in different Atikamekw communities.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Nehiraw-Iriniw tribe and language:

 Atikamekw
 Atikamekw culture
 Les atikamekw
 Algic languages
 Native American Eastern Woodlands
 Quebec First Nations

Here are links to other Internet resources about the Nehiraw-Iriniw:
 Early texts in the Nehiraw-Iriniw language continuum

And here are a few good books about the Nehiraw-Iriniws:
 Eci Mikoian
 To Please The Caribou
 Algonquian Spirit



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