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Semat (Sémhát)

"Semat" is an alternate name for the Plains Apache tribe. This was their name in the language of their Kiowa allies. Although the Kiowa and the Plains Apache normally had very friendly relations, hosting each other at ceremonies and even intermarrying, the word Semat means "stealers" in Kiowa. Some Apache people believe that this name may have referred to horse raiding, an activity considered to be a test of bravery among Plains Indian tribes, rather than an insult about being thieves.

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

 Semat language
 Apache culture
 Apache tribes
 Apache pronunciation
 Athabaskan
 Southwest Native

Here are a few good books about the Semats:
 Culture and Customs of the Apache Indians
 Wisdom Sits In Places
 Western Apache-English Dictionary



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