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 (ăr′ə-wäk′, -wăk′)
n. pl. Arawak or Ar·a·waks
1. A member of a South American Indian people formerly inhabiting much of the Greater Antilles and now living chiefly in certain regions of Guiana.
2. The Arawakan language of the Arawak.


(ˈær əˌwɑk, -ˌwæk)

n., pl. -waks, (esp. collectively) -wak.
1. a member of an American Indian people formerly residing on the coast of Guiana and Trinidad: now living mainly in Guyana and Suriname.
2. the Arawakan language of this people.
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Noun1.Arawak - a member of a widespread group of Amerindians living in northeastern South AmericaArawak - a member of a widespread group of Amerindians living in northeastern South America
Amerindian, Native American - any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
2.Arawak - a family of South American Indian languages spoken in northeastern South America
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
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At the beginning of At the Full and Change of the Moon, it mentions the Caribs and the Arawaks who are becoming extinct after their 2,000-year trek across the Andes and up to these islands, and after their long devastation.
Although not a focus of any chapter, the Suriname Javanese and the Arawaks, and their languages (both of which are declining in use), are also given more than passing attention.
The Arawaks were not able to fight Columbus who had horses, cannons, crossbows and attack dogs "who were turned loose and immediately tore the Indians apart"(Loewen 61).
Concerns about tobacco's harmful effects began emerging soon after Christopher Columbus received its dried leaves from the Arawaks in October 1492 and its use began to spread.
This cave originally housed Amerindian Arawaks before serving as the hiding place for escaped slaves during the slave trade.
Los garifuna, conocidos inicialmente hasta bien entrado el siglo XX como caribes negros, (1) son la expresion de un proceso de mestizaje entre africanos procedentes de la trata esclavista e indigenas caribes arawaks, el cual se produce durante el periodo colonial en las Antillas menores, principalmente en la Isla de San Vicente.
Obviously, the Arawaks are aware of the spiritual nature attached to the tree--after all, they do call it the Tree of God--but Cliff leaves the search for a spiritual knowledge up to the reader.
As secondary materials, she brought along a text on historical depictions of women as well as a segment from the first chapter of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, which describes the encounter between Columbus and the native Arawaks from the perspective of the latter.
A la vez, es conveniente tener en cuenta que, en el siglo XVII grupos Arawaks y, ya tierra adentro, grupos de habla Caribe, habian reemplazado a los recolectores Warao de muchas de las areas del litoral.
This archeological model overlooked the fact that there were other groups prior to the Arawaks.
Arawaks from South America had settled in Jamaica prior to Christopher Columbus' first arrival at the island in 1494.
Columbus noted that "Canibes" (later modified to "Caribs") regularly ate human flesh and had all but extirpated the native Arawaks (later Taino) from the islands by the time he arrived on the scene, the old excuse ("He was dead when I got there, Inspector").