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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Nottoway Words

Welcome to our Nottoway vocabulary page! Nottoway is an Iroquoian language, related to other languages like Tuscarora and Mohawk. We have included twenty basic Nottoway words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Nottoway Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Nottoway language site for more free resources.

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Nottoway Word Set

The Nottoway language has not been spoken in centuries, so these vocabulary words come from John Wood's 1820 vocabulary and their original pronunciation is uncertain.

English (Français) Nottoway words
One (Un) Unte
Two (Deux) Dekanee
Three (Trois) Arsa
Four (Quatre) Hentag
Five (Cinq) Whisk
Man (Homme) Enihā
Woman (Femme) Ekening
Dog (Chien) Cheer
Sun (Soleil) Aheeta
Moon (Lune) Tethrāke
Water (Eau) Auwa
White (Blanc) Owheryakum
Red (Rouge) Ganuntquare
Black (Noir) Gehuntee
Eat (Manger) Untchore
See (Voir) Waskehee
Hear (Entendre) Thrahurta

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

Nottoway Picture Dictionaries

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

*Nottoway animal words

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