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A family of North American Indian languages spoken formerly in the Dakotas, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana and presently in North Dakota and Oklahoma.
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(Languages) a family of Native American languages, including Pawnee, formerly spoken in a wide area of the Midwest, and probably distantly related to Siouan
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(ˈkæd oʊ ən)

a family of American Indian languages, including Arikara, Pawnee, and Caddo, spoken or formerly spoken in the Great Plains and adjacent areas of Arkansas and Louisiana.
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Noun1.Caddoan - a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Aricara, Arikara - the Caddoan language spoken by the Arikara
Pawnee - the Caddoan language spoken by the Pawnee
Wichita - the Caddoan language spoken by the Wichita
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His answer is that the acquisition of horses was not the primary motive for Comanche migration; rather, it was an elaborate and expanding kinship network with Utes, New Mexicans, various Pueblo Indians, and eventually Caddoans who brought them there.
Northeastern Texas at one time supported a large population of Caddoans. Village sites were common along the Sulphur and Sabine rivers and on the south side of the Red River for a distance of 120 to 150 kilometers upstream from Texarkana (Clark, 1937; Swanton, 1946).
Perttula argues that mound-building southern Caddoans, whom he has identified as those people collectively known by the nineteenth century as belonging to the Kadohadacho, Hasinal, and Natchitoches confederacies, occupied a geographic area including southwestern Missouri, western Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas and northwestern Louisiana.
Billy Day, a Tunica/Biloxi, recently described the significance of the sun for Caddoan people.