A Dakota-English Dictionary, Volume 7

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1892 - Dakota language - 665 pages
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Page 508 - Mysterious ; incomprehensible ; in a peculiar state, which, from not being understood, it is dangerous to meddle with; hence the application of this word to women at the menstrual period...
Page v - Knowledge," a grammar and copious dictionary of the Dacotah language. For this new and interesting addition to philological literature, science is indebted to the missionary enterprise among the Sioux Indians. The preparation of the volume, says the editor, (Rev. SR Riggs,) "may be regarded as one of the contributions to science made by the great missionary enterprise of the present age. It was not premeditated, but has been a result altogether incidental to our work. Our object was to preach the...
Page 2 - Ч denotes a nasal sound similar to the French n in bon, or the English n in drink. As there are only comparatively very few cases where a full n is used at the end of a syllable, no distinctive mark has boen found necessary.
Page 2 - ... s, has the surd sound of English s, as in say. s, is an aspirated s, having the sound of English sh, as in shine. Formerly represented by x. t, is the same as in English with a little more volume of voice. t, is an emphatic, bearing the same relation to t that ' <J ' does to
Page 570 - Cubit, a measure of length equal to the distance from the elbow to the end of the middle finger.
Page 509 - Creator of all things, and the god of war. wa-kar)'-wa-ci-pi, n. the sacred dance. This is the name of a secret society among the Dakotas which purports to be the depository of their sacred mysteries. The medicine-sack is the badge of membership. With the claws or beads contained in this they pretend to shoot mysteriously, and cause death. The making of a sacred dance is a great occasion. The high priests of the ceremonies spend the night previous in heating stones, in sweating and singing, and holding...
Page 563 - ... WAYZATA, a village in sections 5 and 6, Minnetonka, lying on the north side of Wayzata bay, was platted in 1854, and was incorporated in 1884. This name was formed by slight change from Waziyata, a Dakota (Sioux) word, meaning "at the pines, the north." Wazi is defined as "a pine, pines" ; and Waziya, "the northern god, or god of the north ; a fabled giant who lives at the north and blows cold out of his mouth. He draws near in winter and recedes in summer.
Page 1 - The vowels are five in number, and have each one uniform sound, except when followed by the nasal 'n,' which somewhat modifies them. a, has the sound of English a in father. e, has the sound of English e in they, or of a \nface.
Page 145 - ... weather, when the mercury congeals, these gods seek some prominence on the prairie, where they put up bushes to shield themselves as they swelter with heat. . . . They feel perfect confidence when beset with dangers, and quake with fear when safe. In his Dakota Dictionary, Riggs (under Heyo'ka) says: "Heyoka is represented as a little old man with a cocked hat on his head, a bow and arrows in his hands, and a quiver on his back. In winter he goes naked, and in summer he wraps his buffalo-robe...
Page 1 - ... somewhat modifies it. a has the sound of English a in father. e has the sound of English e in they, or of a in face. i has the sound of i in marine, or of e in me. 0 has the sound of English o in go, note. u has the sound of u in rule,, or of oo in food. CONSONANTS The consonants are 23 in number. b has its common English sound. 6 is an aspirate with the sound of English ch, as in chin.

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