Caddo Pottery

KahWinHut 9-20-2010

A while back I started trying to learn my Native language when I discovered there there are more than a couple variations in the dialect. The many bands of the 0f the Caddo developed a lot of variety in their expression. However, as the Caddo Nation struggles to retain its spoken heritage there has started to be an amalgamation of the different dialects for the benefit of preservation. Where one word is lost to a particular band, it is replaced by a word from another. I certainly subscribe to this ideaology rather than one of trying to restrict the current learners to a specific dialect while at the same time that specific dialect might be dying out. That is counterproductive and furthermore assists the destruction of the language on the whole.

I do not have the exact proper methods of describing pronunciation here, however I will try my best in the interest of getting the information out. Please feel free to contact me about the proper pronunciation. I will also be providing links to more proper and possible more comprehensive resources for the language below. I welcome any corrections or additions. One thing to note is the ʔ which is the descriptor for the Caddo glottal stop. It is a noise made in the throat much like the nosie made when you say "uh-oh."


KahWinHut 9-20-2010
Ahay Yes
Hunnah No
Nukkah I don't know
Kuhaʔahat Hello; How are you?; Are you Good?; I am good
Kuhaʔahat-shah I'm OK
Hawwih OK; Thanks
Nawwih Welcome; You're welcome
Sedokahʔ What did you say?
Hahʔahat Good
Dehyehyut Come in
Dikadah-nihahʔ What are you doing?
Kumbakihah ___ My name is ___
Sissimbukihahʔ What is your name?
Dimbukihah ___ His/her name is ___
Sidimbukihahʔ What is his/her name?
Dah-kuʔih ___ Give me the ___
Ku-kamintʔah ___ I want the ___
Saʔah-kamintʔah ___ Do you want the ___ ?
Ku-it-dahʔah ___ Where is the ___ ?
Dii Di-kut Daʔah What is this?
Nah Di-kut Daʔah What is that?
Dii ___ Daʔah This is a ___ ?
Nah ___ Daʔah That is a ___ ?
Dii this
Nah that
Dii ___ Sah-ahʔah Is this a ___ ?
Nah ___ Sahʔah Is that a ___ ?
Nah Sidawdihahʔ How do you do that?
Dawkinaʔah Hasinai Speak Hasinai (Caddo)
Taybawʔah See you
Hahʔahat Hah'Taybawʔah Good to see you
Bahʔnah They say
Dihii here
Siduntahʔ How about you?; How many?
Dam-ban Light the fire
I love you (very much) with all of my heart
Widah-niʔ Smart
Witsi One
Bit Two
Dahaw Three
Hiwii Four
Disiken Five
Dunkay Six
Bisiken Seven
Dahaw-sika Eight
Hiwii-sika Nine
Binayʔah Ten
Binayʔah Hah-yu Witsi Eleven
Binayʔah Bit Twenty
Hatidu Hot
Hahkuduʔ Cold
Hadiku Black
Hakuyu White
Hakunu Brown
Banusha Blue
Hateno Red
Hateno-shah Reddish
Ku-ku Water
Ke-ku Fire
Ditsiʔ Dog
Me-yuʔ Cat
Tah-Sha; Tay-Sha Wolf; Friend (the name of the state of Texas)
Tanaʔah Buffalo
Banit Bird
Bisu Wing
Nawtsiʔ Bear
Waakis Cow
Nuʔ Turkey
Daʔ Deer
Dut Mouse
Ku-hu Alligator
Koo-neh Fly
Bashetenumbah Dragon Fly
Bunkaduey Fire Fly
Baʔnoos Butterfly
Chaʔyah Turtle
Detumbahʔ Horse
Iwiʔ Eagle
Bahhahteno Red River
Bahʔ Arrow
Kineesee Canadian River
Kenedi Kuku Washita River
Nidah-hihʔ River
Bahhah Sahsin Mississippi (Mother River)
Cona Medicine Man
Caddi Chief
Tamma Town Crier/Assistant
Cadeh-hah Sub-chief
Cad-dah-hah Horned Serpant
Sha-ni-si Priest Chief
Tsa Mr.
Sah Mrs.
Beyoonnaʔah Hair
Bunno Gravy
Menden Teacher
Anadarko Place of the honey eaters
Inkanish White person (English)
Seminonehʔ Seminole
Kaduhadachu Sharp pain; Main Chief; Primary tribe
Kun-tsi Head
Caʔah Brain
Kun-teno Red Head
Nish Moon
Kah-ye-hoot To die
Bachukah To kill (game)
Wadut Earth; Clay
Kah-wis Earthen pot
Dush-kut Bread
-titi Suffix. Small (Bisu-titi = little wing)
Aʔah Father
Ah-kin Father's son
Inuʔ Mother
Ekah Paternal Grandmother
Kah-yo-tsi Baby
We-dish Salt; Cute
Napbaʔ night
Aʔah Hi-yo Father in Heaven (Above)
Aʔah Hayimay Big Father
Kusinah That is all
Saku Sun
Sunnah Silver; Money
Kikah Snake
Hah-tsi-naw-uh-sa ____ I like ___; I like your ___.
Dakuh-nawsayah Kiss me I love you.

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