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Archived Kaw Words

ánmanche ‘next' | Listen | Puzzle Ex:  Hánba wakándagi ánmanche shídohinga wíta agítonbeci ble ta minkhé. ‘I will go to see my son next week.’

onnha ‘almost, nearly, close' Ex:  Míonba onnha dázhabe égobe ao.  ‘The moon is nearly round (full).’ | Listen

sagí ‘hard, firm, tight, tough, strong, muscular Ex:  Ta khe sagí akhá.  ‘That meat is tough.’ | Listen | Puzzle

inyi ‘end, conclusion’ Ex:  Ínyi angáhibe ao.  ‘We have reached the end.’ | Listen | Puzzle

xáya ‘back to the beginning, starting point’ Ex:  Tánman yinkhé ble moshcé wáli dan, xáya alín e.  ‘I walked to town but it was too hot and I turned around and came home.’ (female speaking) | Listen | Puzzle

lezáza ‘striped here and there, many stripes’ Ex:  Hin zíhi, mánge lezáza, sháshabe.  ‘Its hair is yellow, breast is striped, black here and there.’  (Description of a wildcat, perhaps a lynx.) | Listen | Puzzle

washkán (gághe) ‘try, do one’s best, make an effort’ Ex:  Washkán angághabe.  ‘We tried our best.’ |  Listen | Puzzle

nanstáje ‘step lightly, quietly’ Ex:  Ta abá nanstástadabe.  ‘That deer stepped along lightly, quietly.’ |  ListenPuzzle

íeshtan ‘great talker, one who likes to talk’ Ex:  Íeshtan wáli hninkhé.  ‘You talk too much.’ |  ListenPuzzle

wabín ‘blood, to bleed’ Ex: Nanbé wítakha wabín akhá.  ‘My finger (hand) is bleeding.’  |  Listen

céga ‘new, first time, again’ Ex: Céga Níkazhuje é-hnan íyabe ao.  ‘They were the first Indians that they had seen in that region.’ |  Listen  |   Puzzle

zhélan ‘bake’ Ex: Wak’ó abá wabóski zhélan abá.  ‘That woman is baking bread.’ |  Listen  |  Puzzle

xpéga ‘weak, weakened’ Ex: Anxpéga minkhé.  ‘I’m feeling poorly (while or after being sick).’ |  Listen  |  Puzzle

nkale ‘saddle’ Ex: Shónge tánga nánkale záni gághabe ao.  ‘…and put the saddles on the horses.’ |  Listen 

blan ‘smell, emit an odor’ Ex:nga blan pízhi akhá.  ‘Skunks smell bad.’ |  Listen  |  Puzzle

ne ‘have an ache or pain, hurt’ Ex: Wéxli anné minkhé.  ‘I have a headache.’ |  Listen  |  Puzzle

gakóge ‘hit, beat (as a drum)’ Ex: Ákoge.  ‘I beat on that (drum, etc.)’  |  Listen  |  Puzzle

nanónba ‘pipe (for smoking)’ Ex: Gayó gá nanónba yékhe yashódaba dan, wadá abá eyaó.  ‘And then, when he smoked this pipe, he used to make petitions.’ |  Listen  |  Puzzle

yushúbe  ‘open (as a door or sacred bundle)’  Ex: Cizhébe hnúshuwe óha, tajésage achí ta akhá.  ‘If you open the door the wind will come in.’|  Listen  |  Puzzle 

tabé ‘ball’Ex: Tabé khe anánsta ta minkhé.  ‘I will kick the ball.’   | Listen  | Puzzle

wekoje[we-ko-ce] n mile Ex: Wekoce sataⁿ hi oyaha Shayani gahige wataⁿga khe ts'eyabe ao. After they had gone five miles, the principal Cheyenne chief was killed.  | Puzzle

wagághe ‘credit’ Ex: Wagághe hnúze?  ‘Did you get credit?’ | Listen

wáxpele ‘prayer, vow to the sun’ Ex: Wáxpele gáshon gághabe che, hánin chéji.  ‘They performed the ceremony of wáxpele at night.’ | Listen  | Puzzle

íbalu ‘strip, cut off (with an instrument)’ Ex: Hába khe mánhin íbalu ao.  ‘Cut the corn off (the cob) with a knife.’ | Listen | Puzzle

huyoⁿ [hu-yoⁿ] to bind up, to wrap up Ex: Gayo waxobe huyoⁿbe ta akha ao. And they were about to wrap up the sacred objects which they were to take.  | Listen  | Puzzle

owé ‘lunch, snack, food carried in bags for travel’ Ex: Owé oyáshtabe.  ‘I saved you some of my lunch.’ Originally referred to corn and squashes carried in bags by warriors. | Listen

páze ‘evening, late afternoon’ Ex:nman yinkhéji páze dan, ble hnan.  ‘I always go to town in the evening.’ | Listen | Puzzle

nángheska ‘wise, to be wise’ (lit. ‘ice-clear’) Ex: Nángheska wálibe ao. ‘She is very wise.’ | Listen | Puzzle

honbéxci ‘moccasins’ (lit. ‘real shoes’) Ex: Honbéxci pághe ta minkhé. ‘I’m going to make moccasins.’ | Listen | Puzzle

ojé ‘look for’ Ex: Mann abá ojé abá. ‘He’s walking (around) looking for it.’ | Listen | Puzzle

shónshonwe ‘always’ Ex: Ejíkhan zhánminje khe níka zhúje ayín shonshónwabe ao. ‘From that time, the Indians have always had bows.’ | Listen

óshkan ‘act’ ‘deed’ ‘custom’ Ex:  Mánhinnga óshkan itá angághabe ao.  ‘We have adopted the ways of the Americans.’ Mánhinnga = ‘Big Knife’ American. ao = male declarative; indicates that a man is speaking. | Listen

shkáje ‘play (game)’ Ex: Tanank’á annshkaje ta che. ‘Let’s play cards.’ | Listen | Puzzle And Word Search

xlúzhi ‘slow'  Ex: Sínjesta abá xlúzhi manyín abá. ‘The possum walks slowly.’ (sínje-sta lit. ‘tail bare/bald’ = possum) | Listen

wayúta ‘work’ Ex:: Wayúta huwáali ablín minkhé.  ‘I have a lot of work to do.’ | Listen

nonba ‘sun’ (or ‘moon’) Ex: Andákaje ao, mínonba yinkhé.  ‘The sun is hot (or warm) on me.’ | Listen

jégheyin ‘drum’  Ex: Gashón dodán alíbe dan, jégheyin gághe-hnanbe skan.  ‘When they returned from war, they used to make drums.’ | Listen

skan ‘melt’ (ice, snow, etc.) Ex: Ni akhá skánbe ao.  ‘The water has melted (after being frozen).’  | Listen

abata 'fence' - Ex: Céska abá batáyabe khe ao, ábata khe. Oxen have pushed the fence apart. | Listen

tajé ‘wind’ - Ex: Hánbaye tajé huwáli akhá.  ‘Today it’s very windy.’ | Listen

hníce ‘be cold’ (person or animal) - Ex: Nónbe akhá, wíta akhá hníce akhá.  ‘My hands are cold.’ | Listen

mokásábe ‘coffee’ (lit. ‘black medicine’) - Ex: Mokán sábe (akhá) dákaje akhá.  ‘The coffee’s hot.’ | Listen

wayáje ‘word’ - Ex: Pánka wayáje mínxci bláje minkhé dan, Kaanze égo Kaánze wayáje che hnáje kónbla minkhé.  ‘When I pronounce a Ponca word, I would like you to pronounce (or say) the corresponding Kanza word. | Listen

bahéshta ‘hill’ - Ex: Bahéshta akhá scéje akhá.  ‘That (round) hill is high.’ | Listen

yuzhá ‘wash something’ - Ex: Dodán níkashinga zaní ni k’úbe go, gagó zaní yuzhábe ao.  ‘They gave water to all the warriors, who (then) washed.’ | Listen

binánge ‘car’ - Ex: Binánge wíta akhá zhúje akhá.  ‘My car is red.’ | Listen

ba: (noun) snow. - Ex. Hánbaye bahúye.  Today it’s snowing. | Listen