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Picking Native American tribe names

Q: How did the indians pick their tribe names? ( need answer by 8-11 please!)

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A: Most tribes did not choose the names they are known by today. Europeans gave them most of those names. Since in most cases each tribe had their own language, they each referred to themselves by the word "people" in their own language (the Navajo called themselves Dineh, the Sioux called themselves Dakota, the Delaware called themselves Lenape, etc.) The names the Europeans gave the tribes come from various sources: the name of a town or river in their territory, a French or English name for them, a nickname for them that a different tribe used to call them or even an insult.

Hope that helps!
Native Languages of the Americas

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