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The Name Lisiwinwi
Q: Hello, I collect police patches and one I have is
from the Shawnee Tribe. On
the patch it has LI-SI-WI-NWI... Can you translate
what this means? I believe
this patch is from Oklahoma...It also has Absentee
on the patch, what does
that mean? I can send a picture if you need to see
it....Thank you very
A: Hi Don... Well, "Siwinwi" is the Shawnee word for
"Shawnee". (-: It literally means "southerner." I
assume "Lisiwinwi" is another form of the word... not
being fluent in Shawnee, that's about as far as I can
help you. Dashes are often inserted between syllables
in Indian languages when they are written in the
English alphabet so as to make them easier to read.
As for "Absentee," that is the name of one of the Shawnee tribes of Oklahoma,
the Absentee Shawnee tribe.
Hope that helps!
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