Narragansett / English Vocabulary of 70 words & Phrases

Compiled with assistance from the Tomaquag Memorial Indian Museum,,
and “A Key Into The Language Of America”, by Roger Williams

Narragansett English
A-chi-e-no-ná-um-wem I speak very true
A-nûk-qua-que Far, so far, Long
A-nûm Dog
As-kûg Snake
As-kut-ta-a-quomp-sín How are you?
As-kût-ta-squash Squash (A Staple Food)
At-tuck Deer
Au-pûm-in-ea-naw-saûmp Dried corn meal boiled with water (A staple food)
Aû-sup Raccoon
A-waûn-e-wó Who is that?
Co-wám-ma-unsh I love you
Co-wam-maû-nuck He loves you
Co-wám-maus You are loving
Ha-wûn-shech Fare well
Kau-kont Crow
Kau-tán-tow-wit The Great South Wind God, the giver of corn and beans, to whose home all souls go at death.
Ke-én ka ne-en You and I
Ké-e-suck Sky, Heavens
Ke-e-suck-quánd The Sun God
Koo-hoo-kho-wem Owl
Man-i-tou god, spirit
Ma-nus-qus-sé-dash Beans (A staple food)
Mat-ta Nip-pán-na-wem I lie not
M-síck-qua-tash Boiled whole corn kernels (A staple food)
Mish-án-ne-ke Squirrel
Mosq Bear
Moôs Moose
Muck-qua-shím, (-wock) Wolf, (Wolves)
Na-ne-pau-shat Moon
Nau-maûs, (-suck) Fish, (Fishes)
Ná-mitch, com-me-te-sím-mim Stay, you must eat first.
Na-ne-paû-shat The Moon God
Nay-nay-o-û-me-wot Horse
Ne-én, Ke-én, E-wó I, You, He
Nees-se Two, 2
Ne-im-paû-og Thunder
Ne-pan-na Five, 5
Ne-tom-pa-ûog Friends
Né-top Friend
Nip-paw-us Sun
Nip-pe Water
Nish Three, 3
Nooh-kas-ah-kee Mother Earth
Noosh Father
Nux Yes
N-quit One, 1
Oh-ke-om-moo-se Bee
Pau-wau Medicine Man, Healer, Priest, Consulter of Spirits, Sorcerer, Advisor to the Chief. The Pau waw was concerned with everyone in his clan about matters of Spiritual & Physical Health. He was viewed as a concerned friend, although he held great power.
Pó-top Pa-uog Whales
Pus-sough Cougar
Sa-chem Chief
Se-po-é-me-se A little rivulet
Sé-sek Rattlesnake
Squnck Skunk
Suc-kis Clam
Tau-botdan-tamock-wut-che-wame We are giving Thanks for all things.
Táu-qus-fin deep
Tu-noc-ku-quas Frog
Tu-nup-pa Turtle (This is also the symbol of Mother Earth)
Tu-nup-pa-sog Turtles, (The “sog” makes it plural
Won-kis Fox
Waum-pé-shau White Man
Wa-û-pi Wind
Wunnegin Welcome!
Wus-ke-é-suck (-quash) Eye, (Eyes)
Waû-tuck-ques Rabbit
We-é-kan Sweet
Wut-tá-him-ne-ash Strawberry
Ya-tá-a-nit The Fire God
Yoh Four (4)

Winter In The Deep Woods

By HHA Member Tom Helmer

February of 2014 has really made itself unwelcome in that portion of New England which does not depend on skiing or snow plowing for sustenance. I believe we have had 5 major storms this month, and it’s only the fifteenth. But snow is a minor inconvenience to the men and women of the Hopkinton Conservation Commission.

While much of their time has been spent in marking and mapping a major new trail system nearby, (Please see “Making The Hoxsie Trail”) they were concerned this day with flagging an interconnecting trail link on The Hopkinton Land Trust’s “Brown Homestead” property which will allow several existing trails established by HLT and several others to connect with the new Hoxsie trail due to open this summer.

When this work is completed, the forested area crossed by Hopkinton’s North Road, Old Rockville Road, Stubtown Road, Lawton Foster South, Lawton Foster North and Canonchet Road will allow hikers far more trails than can be covered in a single day’s most determined hiking pace.

And this area has spectacular topography to hike! Go mink oil your boots!



Much of the forested landscape has never been plowed, as it is too rough and rocky. As a result, there is a remarkable legacy of Colonial and Indigenous Archaeological Features waiting quietly, without signs or guide maps, for those hikers who have developed the eye to “See” the past amid the jumble of Glacial debris.

If you are planning to come out to this area of Hopkinton, I strongly urge you to spend some time on the web page “Seeing The Narragansett Presence” and “The Fisher Property’s Indigenous Presence”. These pages are designed to help you see, learn, and respect the spiritual and cultural importance of these precious examples of our common history.

These things are not in a museum. They confront you in the wild, not in a “History Zoo”. And the time you might choose to spend in educating yourself further about the Indigenous Tribes and customs which are still very much a part of today’s world will be well spent, as much of what passes for “Indian History” in our schools is myth and cartoons, not based on historic facts.

But for now, here is a photographic record of 3 hours spent under threatening skies on one of the Hopkinton Land Trust’s Public Properties, “Brown Homestead”, at the end of Lawton Foster South. You make the slide show play by hitting the VCR style Arrow in the shadow box at the picture’s bottom center. As there are large captions, this show changes pictures every 7 seconds. You can pause it, or you can manipulate the time slider to cycle faster or slower, to suit your needs.

Please note the snowshoes in the opening group picture of Marne, Mike, Irene and Harvey, with Tom behind the camera.