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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Mohawk Words

Welcome to our Mohawk vocabulary page! Mohawk, also known as Kanien'keha, is an Iroquoian language, related to other languages like Seneca and Oneida. We have included twenty basic Mohawk words here, enough to provide a basic comparison with related American Indian languages. All the nouns are singular and all the verbs are 3rd person singular ("he or she sings") because many indigenous languages don't have a separate infinitive ("to sing") the way English and French do.

You can find a broader selection of Mohawk Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you would like to know a word that is not included in any of these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Mohawk language site for more free resources.

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Mohawk Word Set

(Click here for Mohawk pronunciation guide)

English (Franšais) Mohawk words
One (Un) Enhskat
Two (Deux) Tekeni
Three (Trois) Ahsen
Four (Quatre) Kaye:ri
Five (Cinq) Wisk
Man (Homme) Ron:kwe
Woman (Femme) Yakon:kwe
Dog (Chien) Erhar
Sun (Soleil) Karahkwa
Moon (Lune) Ehnita
Water (Eau) Ohne:ka
White (Blanc) Kenra:ken
Yellow (Jaune) Otsinekwar
Red (Rouge) Onekwenhtara
Black (Noir) Kah˛n:tsi
Eat (Manger) Raeks
See (Voir) Ratkahthos
Hear (Entendre) Rahron:kas
Sing (Chanter) Raterennotha'
Leave (Partir) Rahtentyes

Click here to see Mohawk words compared to words in related Iroquoian languages: Iroquoian Indian Words

Mohawk Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Mohawk word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Mohawk animal words
*Mohawk color words

Additional Resources

   New York Indian languages
   Native American mythology
   Native American names
   Iroquoian languages



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