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 (kī′ə-wô′-tä′nō-ən, -wä′, -wā′)
An American Indian language family of New Mexico, northeast Arizona, and the southern Great Plains.

[Kiowa + Spanish Tano, name for the Southern Tewas of New Mexico (from Tewa) + -an.]

Ki′-o·wa-Ta′no·an adj.
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The Kiowas, Kiowa-Tanoan speakers who were forced out of their Black Hills homelands by the Sioux, migrated south in the early 1800s and initially were enemies of the Comanches.
Within this vast region are two subregions, the High Plains and the Prairies, which were home to American Indian tribal groups from six language families - Siouan, Caddoan, Algonquian, Athapascan, Uto-Aztecan, and Kiowa-Tanoan - plus the language isolate, Tonkawa.
The Arizona Tewa speak a variety of Tewa, which is a member of the Kiowa-Tanoan language family.