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Native Greetings of Oklahoma

Here are some native greetings in the tribal languages of Oklahoma:

Apache (Chiracahua): Hadnyaa? (pronounced "hah-deen-yah")
Arapaho: Hebe! (pronounced "heh-beh")
Caddo: Kua'at! (pronounced "koo-ah-aht")
Cayuga-Seneca: Skn'! (pronounced "sken-noan")
Cherokee: (pronounced "oh-see-yo")
Cheyenne: Hahe! (pronounced "hah-heh")
Chickasaw: Chokma! (pronounced "choke-mah")
Choctaw: Halito! (pronounced "hah-lih-toh")
Comanche: Maruawe! (pronounced "mah-ruh-ah-way")
Creek: Hesci! (pronounced "heese-chee")
Delaware: H! (pronounced "hay")
Iowa, Otoe and Missouri: Aho! (pronounced "ah-hoe")
Kaw: Ho! (pronounced "hoe")
Kickapoo: Ho! (pronounced "hoe")
Kiowa: Hacho! (pronounced "hah-cho")
Miami and Peoria: Aya! (pronounced "ah-yah")
Osage: (pronounced "hoh-wah")
Ottawa: Aaniin! (pronounced ah-neen)
Pawnee: Nawah! (pronounced "nah-wah")
Potawatomi: Bozho! (pronounced "bo-zho")
Quapaw: Haw! (pronounced "hah-way")
Sac and Fox: Ho! (pronounced "hoe")
Seminole: Istonko! (pronounced "iss-tone-koh")
Shawnee: Bezon! (pronounced "bay-zone")
Wichita: Aah! (pronounced "ah")
Wyandotte: Kweh! (pronounced "kway")
Yuchi: Sahn gah ley! (pronounced "san gah lay")

Did you notice that some of these greetings are questions? In some Native American languages, it is traditional to greet another person by asking how they are feeling. "Hello!" and "how are you?" have the same translation in those languages.

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