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Native American

Definitions of Native American
  1. adjective
    of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages
    Native American religions”
    synonyms: Amerind, Amerindic, Indian
  2. noun
    any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
    synonyms: Amerindian
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    Makataimeshekiakiak
    Sauk leader who in 1832 led Fox and Sauk warriors against the United States (1767-1838)
    Cochise
    Apache leader of the resistance to United States troops in Arizona (1812-1874)
    Tashunca-Uitco
    a chief of the Sioux who resisted the invasion of the Black Hills and joined Sitting Bull in the defeat of General Custer at Little Bighorn (1849-1877)
    Geronimo
    Apache chieftain who raided the white settlers in the Southwest as resistance to being confined to a reservation (1829-1909)
    Hiawatha
    a Native American chieftain who argued for peace with the European settlers (16th century)
    Keokuk
    Sauk leader who aided the United States against Black Hawk (1790-1848)
    Massasoit
    Wampanoag leader who aided the Pilgrims (1580-1661)
    Rebecca Rolfe
    a Powhatan woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617)
    Pontiac
    famous chief of the Ottawa who led an unsuccessful rebellion against the British (1715-1769)
    Wahunsonacock
    Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern Virginia; father of Pocahontas (1550?-1618)
    Rain-in-the-Face
    a chief of the Sioux; he was with Sitting Bull and others at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876) when General Custer's troops were massacred (1835-1905)
    Sacagawea
    the Shoshone guide and interpreter who guided the Lewis and Clark expedition part of the way
    George Guess
    Cherokee who created a notation for writing the Cherokee language (1770-1843)
    Tecumseh
    a famous chief of the Shawnee who tried to unite Indian tribes against the increasing white settlement (1768-1813)
    Chief Joseph
    leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
    Red Cloud
    leader of the Oglala who resisted the development of a trail through Wyoming and Montana by the United States government (1822-1909)
    Sitting Bull
    a chief of the Sioux; took up arms against settlers in the northern Great Plains and against United States Army troops; he was present at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876) when the Sioux massacred General Custer's troops (1831-1890)
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    American Indian, Indian, Red Indian
    a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
    South American Indian
    a member of a native Indian group in South America
    Carib, Carib Indian
    a member of an American Indian peoples of northeastern South America and the Lesser Antilles
    Arawak, Arawakan
    a member of a widespread group of Amerindians living in northeastern South America
    Algonquian, Algonquin
    a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
    Anasazi
    a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings
    Athabascan, Athabaskan, Athapascan, Athapaskan
    a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska
    Maya, Mayan
    a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy
    Nahuatl
    a member of any of various Indian peoples of central Mexico
    Olmec
    a member of an early Mesoamerican civilization centered around Veracruz that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC
    Zapotec, Zapotecan
    a member of a large tribe of Mesoamericans living in southern Mexico whose civilization flourished around 300 to 900
    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
    Chickasaw
    a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in northern Mississippi
    Coeur d'Alene
    a member of an Amerindian people living in northern Idaho around Coeur d'Alene Lake
    Creek
    any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
    Haida
    a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians who lived on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and southwestern Alaska
    Hoka, Hokan
    a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Hokan languages
    Iroquois
    any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution
    Muskhogean, Muskogean
    a member of any of the peoples formerly living in southeastern United States and speaking Muskhogean languages
    Penutian
    a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
    Pueblo
    a member of any of about two dozen Native American peoples called `Pueblos' by the Spanish because they live in pueblos (villages built of adobe and rock)
    Salish
    a member of a group of North American Indians speaking a Salishan language and living on the northwest coast of North America
    Shoshone, Shoshoni
    a member of the North American Indian people (related to the Aztecs) of the southwestern United States
    Taracahitian
    a member of a group of peoples of Mexico
    Tlingit
    a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians living in southern Alaska
    Wakashan
    a member of one of the peoples in British Columbia and Washington who speak the Wakashan language
    Tupi
    a member of the South American Indian people living in Brazil and Paraguay
    Guarani
    a member of the South American people living in Paraguay and Bolivia
    Maraco
    a member of the South American people living in Argentina and Bolivia and Paraguay
    Kechua, Quechua
    a member of a South American Indian people in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Inca empire
    Aleut, Aleutian
    a member of the people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
    Eskimo, Esquimau, Inuit
    a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')
    Paleo-American, Paleo-Amerind, Paleo-Indian
    a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch
    sannup
    a married male American Indian
    squaw
    an American Indian woman
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
    person of color, person of colour
    (formal) any non-European non-white person
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