Shawnee Language


Vowels:

i as in weed
a as in papa
o as in boat
e as in may
'--a glottal stop. This is the sound that occurs in the middle of the English expression "huh-uh"

Phrases:

Hello--Bezon
Good day--Way-se-gi-se-gi
I am very well--Ni wes hela shamamo
I am Shawnee--Lenawe nilla
You are Shawnee--Sawanwa nilla
We are Shawnee--Sawanwa killa
I speak Shawnee--Ni-sawanwa-towe
I know how to speak english--Ni-wakota ys'asi tekosi-w-aatoweeya
It is quiet--Nooleewi-lo
Be quiet!--Nooleewi-a
Be Strong!--Oui-shi-cat-to-oui!
I am very well--Ni howesi la-suh muh-muh ulami
I live there--Niila hoci-lenawe
Thank you--Neahw
Take Care--Paselo
Great Warrior--Psai-wi ne-noth-tu
Beautiful woman--Ulethi equi'wa
Your hair is lovely--Ulethi oui'thai-ah
You are my wife--Ni haw-ku-nah-ga
You are my husband--Ni wahsiu
You are my enemy--Matchele ne tha-tha
Follow!--Pe-e-wah
Throw it away!--Puck-e-ton!

Names:

The Panther Passing Across--Tecumseh Shooting Star--Tecumapese
He Makes a Loud Noise--Lalawethika The Open Door--Tenskwatawa
A Door Opened--Sauwaseekau A Cat that Flies in the Air--Kumskaka
Gives Light as He Walks--Wapameepto Turtle Laying Its Eggs--Methoataske
Changing Feathers--Penagashea White Hawk--Waupee
Stand Firm--Wasabogoa Red Pole--Misquacoonaw
Flying Clouds--Payakootha Cornstalk--Hokolesqua
Black Fish--Chiungalla Black Hoof--Catahecassa
Blue Jacket--Wehyahpiherhnwah Long Shanks--Waytheah
Big Turtle--Sheltowee Big Horn--Spemica Lawba
Black Beard--Wesecahnay Black Snake--Shementeo
Blanket Man--Aquewelene Child in a Blanket--Aquewa Apetotha
Yellow Hawk--Outhowwa Shokka Duck Eggs--Sheshepukwawala
Bad Spirit--Matchemenetoo Little Sun--Matchsquathi Kisathoi
Little Moon--Matchsquathi Tebethto Black Stump--Chiuxca
Tame Hawk--Kekewapilethy Great White Wolf--Psaiwiwuhkernekah Ptweowa
Wild Cat--Peshewa Cold Water--Wepe-nipe
Fireheart--Skootekitehi

Numbers

One--Negate
Two--Neshwa
Three--Nithese
Four--Newe
Five--Nialinwe
Six--Negotewathe
Seven--Neshwathe
Eight--Sashekswa
Nine--Chakatswa
Ten--Metathwe

Family Relationships

My father--no'tha
Your father--ko'tha
My mother--neegah
Mother--nik-yah
My brother--ni-je-ni-nuh
(blood)Brother--jai-nai-nah
My son--ni-kwith-ehi
My sister--ni-t-kweem-a
My daughter--ni-da-ne-thuh
Daughter--Dah-nai-tha
My husband--ni-da-ne-thuh
My wife--ni-wa
Your wife--Keewa
My grandmother--no'kom'tha
Grandmother--Cocumtha
My grandfather--ni-me'soom'tha
"My Friend"--ne-kah-noh

Animals

Wolf--m'weowa Wolves--petweowas Bear--muga
Beaver--amaghqua Bird--wiskilo'tha Buffalo--m'thoothwa
Buffalo (female)--m'thotho Cat--Posetha Deer--peshikthe
Dog--wi'si Duck--si'sipa Eagle--pele'thi
Elk--waapitti Fish--name'tha Fissher--hocaka
Fox--waakoce'thi Frog--toti Goose--lika or nika
Horse--m'seewa Mink--chaquiweshe Moose--moswa
Muskrat--oshasqua Otter--kitati Owl--miyathwe
Panther--msipesi Porcupine--kakwa Rabbit--petakine'thi
Raccoon--etepate Rattlesnake--msithwe Skunk--sekakwa
Squirrel--haniwa or anequoi Swan--waapehti Turkey--pelewa
Water Turtle--ka'skotelawe Land Turtle--skotelawe Wildcat--peshewa
Woodpecker--kwakwath Vultures--sholees

The Four Directions

East--wa'ta'pethekwi
North--wecipepooki
South--yelaawa'kweki
West--ta'paksimoci

The Four Seasons

Spring--Me-loh-cak-me
Summer--Ni-pai-n'oui
Autumn--Pahcotai
Winter--Paipoun'oui

Rivers In Ohio

Auglaize--Kathinakithiipi Great Miami--msimiyamithiipi
Hocking--wi'thakakkwathiipi Hog Creek--koskothiipi
Little Miami--cakimiyamithiipi Mad--hathennithiipi
Muamee--hotaawathiipi Muskingum--wakatamothiipi
Ohio--pelewathiipi or spelewathiipi Sandusky--potakihiipi
Scioto--scioto St. Mary's--kokothikithiipi

Kenawa--meaning having whirlpools, or swallowing up. It was believed that an evil spirit lived in the water,
which drew substances and/or people to the bottom of the river.

Objects

Apples--meshemenake Beans--miscoochethake Bed--tthani
Boat or Canoe--holakeesi Belt or sash--mskwa'thapiya Blanket--aquewa
Bone--ho'kani Bow--hilena'kwi Bracelet--kinkepethoowe
Bread--takhwa Breechcloth--hokote Broach--thakhowe
Bullet--petekwalwi Firewood--potawe Cabin--cakiwiikiwa
Camp--kesi Coat--piitenika Corn--tame
Creek--thiipowe'thi Cup--tephica or tiphicah Dirt--hasiski
Feather--mikona Field--kitika Fire--skote
Flint--sakoka Forest/Woods--metequeghke Fort--wakahowe
Gold--hothaawimoni Gun--m'tekwa Hat--petakhowe
Hide or Skin--ha'thaya Hole--waasaalakwi Horn--wiiwiila
House--wiikiwa or wiigiiwa Iron or Metal--m'kopelekwi Island--mene'thi
Kettle--h'ko'kwa or achqua Knife--maanethi Lake--mskekwi
Leggings(buckskins)--matetawawa Log--hote'kwi Man--elene
Mirror--waapatawi Moccasins--m'ki-thai-nah Moon--tepe'kikiisthwa
Mountain--we'setekwi Needle--saponika Paddle--coomati
Paint--holamo Path--miyeewi Pipe Stem--pootacika
Post--wa'lim'tekwi Powder--m'kota Ribbon--picika
Rifle--pemkwam'tekwa River--thiipii Rock--sikona
Rope--pisaka Salt--nepipemi Saddle--apapewe
Scalp--wiil'tekwi Shirt--piitenika Smoke--liwate
Silver--moni Skillet--thathikacika Skirt--kota
Snow--koona Soap--kithinika Soup--hapikamite
Spear--cithhika Spoon--hemkwa Spring or April--tkikami
Stump--ho'ki'kwi Sun--kiisthwa or kesathwa Tobacco--latheema
Tomahawk--tekhaaka or cheketacaca Town--hotewe Tree--m'tekwi
Valley--ki-kah-ka-mi-ka-tui War club--pokkesi Warrior--ne-noth'tu
Wheat--cawasque White men--Shemanese

Misc. Words

aghqueloge--the state of being sick ake--the earth alagwa--the stars and planets
alwameke--good fertile ground aquetteta--warm atchmoloh--speak;given as an order
chobeka--medicine cone--snow cut-ta-ho-tha--any man condemned to death
e-no-ke-kah-she-ki-ki--today e-shi-que-chi--face; expression gimewane or keawa--rain
hahhah--yes h'kah-nih--bone h'tow-wa-ca--ear
kesathwa--the sun ki-be-tar-leh--tooth ki-luh--thou
ki-kah-ka-mi-ka-tui--valley ki-lar-ni--tongue ki-leh-chi--hand or fingers or both
ki-neh-ki--arm ki-pat-te-nui--ice ki-te-hi--heart
ki-tor-ni--mouth ki-tschar-si--nose kit-te--over; above
lah-oui-ki-leh--forehead la-nah--that la-neh-ke--they
la-yah-mah--this lenawawe--alive or living mai-ah--young
maketchenelu--near, close by match-squa-thi--small, little matethi-i-thi--ugly
mat-ou-oui-sah--bad mat-tah--no memequiluh--run
meneluh--drink meniedeluh--dance menquotwe--the sky
mes-quet-wee--cloudy day metchi--many or much misheolagashe--a ship
miskekopke--swamp miskeque--pond nacamoloh--sing; chant
naquaga--trap ne-pah-loh--sleep nepaka--bury
nepepimma--salt nepwa--dead nethowwe--who?
Ni (Ne)--my, mine,myself Ni-i-yah--body; physical being Ni-la--I, me
Ni-la-weh--we, us Nilu famu--sacred tobacco Nineemeh--see, look, observe
Nipe--water Nithichi--foot Nithitahlish--toes
Okema--Chief, leader Olagashe--canoe Openeake--turnips
Oua-oui--egg Oui-i-si--head Oui-or-thi--meat, flesh
Oui-sah--good Ouiske-lo-tha--any bird Oui-thai-quuc-quoi--bottle, flask
Oui-thai-ah--hair (on the head) Oui-then-eluh--eat Oulagequi--bark of a tree
Ou-te-ou-wel--town Ou-thow-o-qu-quah--copper, red metal Pacan--nut
Pai-bai-ke-char--darkness Pakesemou--twilight, dusk Pamtheloh--walk
Papapanawe--lightning Pashetitha--old man Pasquawke--clouds; storm clouds
P'catewah--black Pe-e-wah--come, follow Piaitahcouthamou--morning
Pockvano-madee-way--gossip about people, a very serious crime, for which death is the penalty Ps'qui--blood Quaghcunnega--the rainbow
Quinilu-narolih--beard Qui-si-qui--day Saketonebetcheka--bridle
Scoote--fire Shekagosheke--onions Shemagana--soldier
Shequomur--stone or rock Shumaghtee--a paddle or oar Skemotah--large net
Skillewaythetha--boy Squithetha--girl S'shequoi--pine tree
Tawaskote--prairie Te-beth-ki--night Te-bethto-kish-thoe--the moon
Takuwah-nepi--breadwater Tecaca--ax Te-qui--tree
T'karchi--leg Tota--Frenchman Tscha-yah-ki--all; everything
Tsi or Tschi--kill Ulaoco--yesterday Ulethi--handsome
Usketomake--melons Utequi--wood; wooden Wahbah-comeshi--oak tree
Wahpahkeh--tomorrow Wahsiu--husband Washekee sheke--a fine day
Wehpetheh--go; leave; depart Wishekuanwe--wind Wuhkernekah--tomorrow
Yah-ma--he Ya-la-ku-qua-kumi-gigi--the universe

My grandmother used to say... when things just happened...that it was ka-tet...
most translations are that ka-tet is the same as the white man's word...fate....
To the Shawnee...ka-tet..is the work of the "Good Spirit".
Everything happens for a reason.

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