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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Another Brief Reference Regarding the Siwanoy "Tribe"

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Yesterday I published to the Historic Pelham Blog brief information from an 1872 book entitled "Indian Tribes of Hudson's River; Their Origin, Manners and Custons; Tribal and Sub-Tribal Organizations; Wars, Treaties, Etc., Etc.". See

Monday, January 22, 2007: Information About Siwanoy Native Americans Published in 1872.

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting brief information about the Siwanoys taken from the "Handbook of American Indians North America edited by Frederick Webb Hodge published in 1910. The text of the excerpt appears immediately below, followed by a full citation to its source.

"Siwanoy (from their having been a seacoast people, their name may be a corruption of Siuanak, 'salt people,' a dialectic form of Sueanak, a name applied by the Delawares to the English. -- Gerard). One of the principal tribes of the Wappinger confederacy, formerly living along the N. shore of Long Island sd. from New York to Norwalk, Conn., and inland as far at least as White Plains. They were one of the seven tribes of the seacoast and had a number of villages, the principal one in 1640 being Poningo. (J. M.)"

Source: Hodge, Frederick Webb, Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico in Two Parts, Part Two, p. 585 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Gov't Printing Office 1910) (Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 30).

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