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Nottoway Indian Language (Cheroenhaka)

Nottoway is an extinct Iroquoian language of Virginia, related to Tuscarora. There are still Nottoway Indians living today, not only in Virginia but also in Wisconsin and Canada where some of their ancestors fled in the 18th century; the language, however, has been almost entirely lost, known only from a few scanty wordlists jotted down 200 years ago.

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Nottoway Language Resources

Nottoway Vocabulary
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Nottoway language, with comparison to words in other Iroquoian languages.
Nottoway Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Nottoway Indian language.
Affinities of the Nottoway Languages with the Iroquoian Dialects
    Scanned-in copy of a comparative vocabulary list by Thomas Jefferson.
Cheroenhaka Tribe
    Two Nottoway wordlists, as well as a little genealogical information.
Ethnologue: Nottoway:
    Demographic information about the Nottoway language.
Nottoway Language Tree:
    Theories about Meherrin and Nottoway language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Nottoway Culture and History Links

Cheroenhaka Nottoway Indian Tribe
    Homepage of the Nottoway tribe of Virginia.
Nottoway Indian Tribe History
    Brief history of the Nottoway tribe.
Return of the Natives in Southampton County
    Article on Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) descendents in Virginia and their quest to reclaim their heritage.

Additional Resources, Links, and References

   Lengua Nottoway:
   Information about the Nottoway language in Spanish.
   Four Directions: Nottoway:
   Nottoway links pages.

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