Tuscarora Glossary

The Tuscarora Nation is one of the few surviving Indian peoples of North America who have been able to retain their own written and spoken languages.  Linguist and scholar, Blair A. Rudes (1951-2008), of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, spent many years recording the Tuscarora language both phonetically and in a written form.  His great dictionary of the language, Tuscarora-English / English-Tuscarora Dictionary was published in 1999.  Among  Dr. Rudes associates in compiling the dictionary were Francene Patterson, Clan Mother, and language student; and Vincent Schiffert who teaches the Tuscarora language in the reservation school in New York.

Their enunciation of a number of key words in the Tuscarora language was recorded at East Carolina University in 2012 for inclusion on this website.

Spoken Words

Spoken by Vince Schiffert and Francene Patterson, Tuscarora Nation.

Battle

Chief

Chief (version 2)

Clan

Clan (version 2)

Clan Mother

Conjurer

Corn

Dance

Dance (version 2)

Enemy

Enemy (version 2)

European-Caucasians

European-Caucasians (version 2)

Family

Family (version 2)

Fort

Fort (version 2)

Friend

Friend (version 2)

Map-Chart

Neoherooka

Neoherooka (version 2)

North Carolina Homeland

Pine Tree in the Water

Village (version 2)

War
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War (version 2)

Water

Water (version 2)