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Quiripi (Quinnipiac, Unquachog, Wampano, Naugatuck, Mattabesic)

Language: The language of the Quiripi tribes of Western Connecticut and southern Long Island has been extinct for more than two centuries, and we have only four recorded samples of the language remaining. Because those samples are small and erratically spelled, it is difficult to tell whether the languages of the Quinnipiac, Wampano, Unquachog, and Naugatuck tribes were identical to each other, related but distinct languages, or dialects of a single language. Most linguists believe they were dialects of a single language, which they refer to as Wampano, Quiripi-Naugatuck-Unquachog, or just Quiripi. The Quiripi language was certainly Algonkian and seems to have been closely related to the Mohican dialects.



People: The Native American tribes of Connecticut--the Mohican and Mohegan tribes, the Nipmuc, and the Quiripi-speaking tribes like the Quinnipiack, Wampano, Unkechaug, Naugatuck, Mattabesic, Schaghticoke, and Paugussett--were devastated by smallpox and other European diseases. Some Wampano villages suffered more than 90% casualties. Like other Native Americans of New England, the survivors merged together, and many original tribal distinctions were lost. This has caused trouble for their descendents who are trying to seek tribal recognition today; though Schaghticoke, Unkechuag, and Paugusset tribes still exist today, and though no one doubts their Native New England ancestry, they cannot prove a continuous cultural tradition to the federal government because the different bands merged together so much after their heavy population losses.



Quiripi Language Resources

Quiripi language samples, articles, and indexed links.

Quiripi Culture and History Directory

Related links about the Quiripi tribe past and present.


Quiripi Language Resources

Quiripi Vocabulary:
     List of vocabulary words in the Quiripi language, with comparison to words in other Algonquian languages.
Quiripi Lord's Prayer:
     Translation of a Christian prayer into the Quiripi language.
Resurrecting Wampano (Quiripi) from the Dead:
     Abstract of a linguistics paper about the phonological reconstruction of the Wampano language.
Jefferson's Lost Legacy:
     Article on Thomas Jefferson's thwarted attempts to record the Unquachog language.
Quiripi Language:
     Brief Wikipedia article.
Some Helps For The Indians:
     A Christian catechism written in the Quiripi language.

Quiripi Culture and History Links

Official homepages of modern New England tribes whose ancestors spoke the Quiripi/Wampano language:
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation

Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation

Quinnipiac Tribal Council

Poospatuck Unkechaug Indian Nation


Southern New England:
    Maps of early Quiripi and Unkechaug lands.
Connecticut Indian Map * New York Indian Map:
    Tribal maps showing the original territory of the Quiripi Indians and their neighbors.
Mattabesic History:
     History of the Mattabesic tribe from the First Nations Histories.
The Quinnipiacs:
     Article on the history of the Quinnipiac tribe of Connecticut and their interactions with Europeans.
Quinnipiack: * Scaticook Tribe:
     Encyclopedia articles on the Quinnipiack and Schaghticoke tribes.
The Poospatuck Reservation:
     Brief history of the Poospatuck Unkechaug tribe of Long Island.




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