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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.
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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The territory was not terra nullius (territory belonging to no one; unoccupied land), (1) because Tainos (referred in much of the earlier literature as Arawaks) already lived on the island.
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).
Four Amerindian nations were exempted from slavery in Guyana--the Arawaks, Caribs, Warao and Akawaio --and Amerindian slavery was formally abolished in 1793 (Whitehead 1988).
Moreau (see Krahe) than any area ever populated by actual Arawaks or Guaranis.
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.
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.