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Wetumpka is an Alabama tribal name, referring to both a traditional Alabama Indian village and the band of people who lived there. Although the villagers were Alabama Indians, "Wetumpka" was not their own word for themselves-- it was the name given to the village by the neighboring Creek tribe. Wetumhka (also spelled Wetumka, Wetumhkv, We-wau-tum-cau, and a variety of other ways) means "tumbling water" in Creek, and refers to a waterfall near the village site.

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

 Alabama people
 Alabama-Coushatta Indians
 Alabama History for Kids
 Alabama legends
 Alabama words

Here are a few good books about the Wetumpkas:
 Journey to the West
 Alabama Indian dictionary
 Myths and Folktales of the Alabama-Coushatta

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