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.
Thanks for your interest in Native American languages!
Wampanoag Word Set
The Wampanoag language has not been natively spoken by the community in many years,
so these vocabulary words come from 18th- and 19th-century sources
and their pronunciation is uncertain. Some of the Wampanoag tribal groups in Massachusetts
are working on reviving their language with a new orthography (writing system) similar
to the ones used by other Algonquian-speaking tribes. They haven't yet published a dictionary
or language learning book but once they do, we'll be sure to link to it here to help with