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 (sä-hăp′tĭn) also Sha·hap·tin (shä-)
n. pl. Sahaptin or Sa·hap·tins also Shahaptin or Sha·hap·tins
1. A member of any of various Native American peoples of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
2. The dialectally diverse Sahaptian language of the Sahaptin.

[Southern Interior Salish s'aptnx.]


(sɑːˈhæptɪn) ,




npl -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan or -tian
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
2. (Languages) the language of this people
Ancient name: Shahaptin


(səˈhæp tən)

n., pl. -tins, (esp. collectively) -tin for 1.
1. a member of any of a group of American Indian peoples of the Columbia River plateau in Washington and Oregon.
2. the speech of these people, often regarded as divergent dialects of a single language.
[< Southern Interior Salish sˁaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sahaptin - a member of a North American Indian people who lived in Oregon along the Columbia river and its tributaries in Washington and northern Idaho
Nez Perce - a member of a tribe of the Shahaptian people living on the pacific coast
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Sahaptin - a Penutian language spoken by the Shahaptian
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
Nez Perce - the Shahaptian language spoken by the Nez Perce
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The Gift of Knowledge / TtnAaAaAeAa*wit AaAaAeAaAaAeAeAetawish Nch'inch'imamAaAaAeAeAaAeAeAi: R on Sahaptin Ways
It is probably no accident that the grafting of earth to mother happened first among an Amerindian people from the Sahaptin language group, one of the few languages lacking grammatical gender.
This paper examines ditransitive clauses in the Yakima dialect of Sahaptin, describing three classes of underived ditransitives and two classes of derived ditransitives.
each fish in both the Sahaptin and Salish languages.
Jim's husband, Wilford Jim - who also chanted the blessing of the food in Sahaptin, one of three native languages of the Warm Springs tribes - sat nearby, smoothing the sticks with tin foil.
Trabajo orientado a probar la relacion genetica entre dos lenguas penutianas, Sahaptin y Klamath, habladas en el Pacifico noroeste de los Estados Unidos, con el Uto-Azteca.
The fellows represent languages from a number of American Indian tribes, including Akimel O'odham, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Coushatta, Ho-Chunk, Laguna-Keres, Okanagan, Oneida, Sahaptin, Southern Ute and Tohono O'odham.
Outside Eurasia ergative systems are found in Tsimshian (British Columbia), Chinook (Oregon), Sahaptin, and Nez Perce (northwest USA), in the Mayan languages of Central America, and in the Je, Arawak, Tupi-Guarani, Panoan, Tacanan, Chibchan, Maku, and Carib families of South America, plus the isolates Trumai and Jabuti (Dixon 1994: 5).
The Sahaptin group of peoples lived to the north of the Great Basin on the Columbia Plateau, occupying much of the basin of the Columbia River and the lower part of the Snake Valley as far as the Cascade Range.
Marilyn Goudy, a Yakama woman, formerly a teacher's aid, became the first Heritage student to major in Sahaptin, the Yakama language, and now integrates Yakama culture into her curriculum as a seventh and eighth-grade teacher in Toppenish schools.
His comparative studies of place naming patterns among Sahaptin and other groups have led to intriguing universalist hypotheses about what motivates and constrains human beings as place namers, including the importance of plant and animal references in place names (Hunn 1990, 1996) and the thesis that place name densities are closely correlated with population densities and may be ultimately limited by the "Magic Number 500," a hypothetical "domain-size limitation imposed by the constraints of individual human memory" (Hunn 1994:85).
Danny's increasing grasp and acceptance of traditional Northwestern native belief, in particular of his own Sahaptin inheritance, includes power in the present to put right the past and lay a better foundation for the future.