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Tuskegee Tribe

Tuskegee Indians. Many dialects were spoken anciently near the junction of the Coosa and Tallapoosa. Adair says: I am assured by a gentleman of character, who traded a long time near the late Alebahma garrison, that within six miles of it live the remains of seven Indian nations, who usually conversed with each other in their own different dialects, though they understood the Muskohge language; but being naturalized, they are bound to observe the laws and customs of the main original body.1 Some of these “nations” have already been considered. We now come to a people whose language has not been preserved to the present day, but they are known from statements made by Taitt and Hawkins to have spoken a dialect distinct from Muskogee.2 These were the Tuskegee,3 called by Taitt northern Indians. On inquiring of some of the old Tuskegee Indians in Oklahoma regarding their ancient speech I found that they claimed to know of it, and I obtained the following words, said to have been among those employed by the ancient people. Some of these are used at the present day, and the others may be nothing more than archaic Muskogee, but they perhaps have some value for future students. lutcu‛å, a mug. ki‛lås, to break. sia‛łito, I will be going; modern form, aibaatce‛. tcibūksa‛tce‛, come on and go with us! (where one person comes to a crowd of people and asks them to go with him). ili-hu‛ko-lutci, hen (-utci, little). talu‛sutci, chicken. ilisai‛dja, pot; modem form, lihai‛a łå‛ko. apa‛lå, on the other side; modem form, tåpa‛la. wilikå‛pkå, I am going on a visit; modern form,...

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