Siouan


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Siou·an

 (so͞o′ən)
n.
1. A large North American Indian language family spoken from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains and southward to Arkansas as well as in South Carolina.
2. A member of a Siouan-speaking people.


Siou′an adj.

Siouan

(ˈsuːən)
n
(Languages) a family of North American Indian languages including Sioux, probably related to Iroquoian
adj
(Peoples) of or relating to the Sioux peoples or languages

Siou•an

(ˈsu ən)

n.
a family of American Indian languages, including Dakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Crow, Winnebago, Osage, and Catawba, spoken or formerly spoken by peoples dispersed over a large area of central and SE North America.
[1880–85, Amer.]
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Noun1.Siouan - a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky MountainsSiouan - a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains
Buffalo Indian, Plains Indian - a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
Biloxi - a member of the Siouan people of southeastern Mississippi
Catawba - a member of the Siouan people formerly living in the Carolinas
Crow - a member of the Siouan people formerly living in eastern Montana
Dakota - a member of the Siouan people of the northern Mississippi valley; commonly called the Sioux
Dhegiha - any member of a Siouan people speaking one of the Dhegiha languages
Gros Ventre, Hidatsa - a member of the Sioux people formerly inhabiting an area along the Missouri river in western North Dakota
Iowa, Ioway - a member of the Siouan people formerly living in Iowa and Minnesota and Missouri
Missouri - a member of the Siouan people formerly inhabiting the valley of the Missouri river in Missouri
Ofo - a member of the Siouan people living in the Yazoo river valley in Mississippi
Oto, Otoe - a member of the Siouan people inhabiting the valleys of the Platte and Missouri rivers in Nebraska
Eastern Sioux, Santee, Santee Dakota, Santee Sioux - a member of the eastern branch of the Sioux
Lakota, Teton, Teton Dakota, Teton Sioux - a member of the large western branch of Sioux people which was made up of several groups that lived on the plains
Tutelo - a member of the Siouan people of Virginia and North Carolina
Winnebago - a member of the Siouan-speaking people formerly living in eastern Wisconsin south of Green Bay; ally of the Menomini and enemy of the Fox and Sauk people
2.Siouan - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Biloxi - the Siouan language spoken by the Biloxi
Catawba - the Siouan language spoken by the Catawba
Chiwere - the Siouan language spoken by the Iowa and Oto and Missouri
Crow - a Siouan language spoken by the Crow
Dakota - the Siouan language spoken by the Dakota
Dhegiha - a branch of the Siouan languages
Gros Ventre, Hidatsa - a Siouan language spoken by the Hidatsa
Hunkpapa - a Siouan language spoken by the Hunkpapa
Ofo - a Siouan language spoken by the Ofo
Ogalala, Oglala - a Siouan language spoken by the Oglala
Santee - the Siouan language spoken by the Santee
Tutelo - the Siouan language spoken by the Tutelo
Winnebago - the Siouan language spoken by the Winnebago
Adj.1.Siouan - of or relating to the Sioux people or their language and culture
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awk Turned or done UMW the wrong way Kaw A Siouan people UMW of the Kansas river valley, Kansas Kwa A branch of the UMW Niger-Congo language family that is spoken along the coast and a short distance inland from Liberia to Nigeria wak Moist, damp OED (obsolete) Akwa Akwa Point is a TIG place in awak A variant spelling OED of 'awake', used in a c1500 quotation at 'lover' (noun, 2) "Awak!
Traditionally, Otoes spoke Chiwere, part of the Siouan language family, all of whom in early times were located in the Great Lakes region.
As descendants of the great Sioux nations, Stoney tribal members prefer to conduct their conversation and tribal business in the Siouan mother tongue.
He learned some Stoney, a Siouan language, totally different from Ojibwe and Cree, but did not become fluent." (10) No problem as the Rocky Mountain or Woodland Crees (11) and the Stoney were close allies and many Stoney could converse in, or at least functionally understand, spoken Cree, (12) Many could read the Methodist books printed in Cree syllabics.
Four distinct indigenous languages--Algic, Iroquoian, Siouan, and Salishan--span the continent from east to west.
(18) More specifically: Afro-Asiatic, Arawakan, Australian, Austronesian, Aymaran, Dravidian, Japanese, Kartvelian, Khoisan, Matacoan, Mayan, Indo-European, Niger-Congo, Sino-Tibetan, Siouan and Uralic.
The first chapter offers an excellent discussion of Central Algonquians and Siouan peoples' practices of enslavement.
Still, in certain Amerindian languages like the Siouan group purely abstract terms are rather common.
Specifically, internal conflict between Virginia Algonquians themselves combined with the external threats of Siouan and Iroquoian invaders to create a precontact Virginia characterized by warfare, uneasy truces, and shifting alliances.
This was despite the fact that all of the items on view in these cases were stunning examples of design and workmanship, especially a Siouan breechcloth embellished with the head of a bison and an Escher-inspired horn spoon inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Dakotas, like their close cousins in other Siouan groups, perceived a "power that circulates everywhere that is visibly concentrated in transient forms." They called the general form of this power wakan and believed it could be manifest in many forms, both human and nonhuman.