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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Wampanoag/Massachusett Words

Welcome to our Wampanoag vocabulary page! Wampanoag is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Lenape and Ojibway. We have included twenty basic Wampanoag words here, enough to provide a simple 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 Wampanoag 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 Wampanoag language site for more free resources.

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Wampanoag Word Set

The Wampanoag language has no native speakers today, so these vocabulary words come from 18th- and 19th-century sources and their pronunciation is uncertain.

English (Français) Wampanoag words
One (Un) Aquit
Two (Deux) Nees
Three (Trois) Nis
Four (Quatre) Yoaw
Five (Cinq) Abbona
Man (Homme) Sannup
Woman (Femme) Squaw
Dog (Chien) Aunum
Sun (Soleil) Cone
Moon (Lune) Appause
Water (Eau) Nippe
White (Blanc) Wompey
Red (Rouge) Squi
House (Maison) Wigwam
Mother (Mère) Nitka
Father (Père) Noeshow
Bone (Os) Muskana
Head (Tete) Boquoquo
Hand (Main) Nitchicke

Click here to see these vocabulary words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Wampanoag Picture Dictionaries

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

*Wampanoag animal words

Additional Resources

   Massachusetts Indian languages
   Native American Indian dictionaries
   American Indian names
   Indian numbering systems
   Algonquian Indians



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