September 08, 2006

"Squaw" making a comeback?

County commissioners seek to restore 'squaw' nameCounty commissioners want to restore the name "squaw" to 14 places in Piscataquis County more than six years after a state law was passed requiring that mountains, waterways and other public places called "squaw" or "squa" be renamed.

The Piscataquis County commissioners sent a letter last month to Gov. John Baldacci asking to change the places in the county that were renamed "moose" back to their original name of "squaw."

6 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella --
Sure, if those same county comissioners can be successful in convincing the neighboring states to change their names to Vagina and West Vagina, and the famous resort to change its name to Vagina Beach, and Nevada to change the BONANZA city to Vagina City, and history books to change the name of the first white child born in the Roanoke colony to Vagina Dare...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

The weight of opinion seems to be that "squaw" wasn't an Algonquian word for "vagina" after all. See Squelching the S-Word for details.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
I stand on the knowledge of the meaning of the word as given by Powhatan's people: 'the organs defining a female.' And also the simple proviso that, opinions never are fact, and facts never are opinions.
By the bye, Powhatan's brother was Manhatan. Familiar?
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Anonymous said...

Squaw - in Plains Cree can be traced to Eskweweyak....women....it means "women or woman"....to be called a squaw is to be called a woman.

signed, Cree Woman in Plains Country/Canada

Rob said...

Okay, Anonymous, but most people think the word originated on the East Coast among the Algonquian-speaking Indians. Are you saying the same word originated in two places independently?

According to the dictionary, "squaw" dates from the early 1600s. New Englanders were using it long before they traveled west and met the Plains Cree.

Source:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/squaw

[Origin: 1625–35, Americanism; < Massachusett (E sp.) squa, ussqua woman, younger woman < Proto-Algonquian *eθkwe·wa]

Anonymous said...

Rob, not sure how much you know about us Peoples' but Plains Cree Peoples' are categorized in the Algonquin linguistic group. Therefore, the term for 'woman' may be very similar in both languages - as they are from the same linguistic family, same as Ojibway/Anishnawbe - many words are similar. I'll leave it up to you to decipher if it was possible for both Nations to have the same word exist simultanously....

AND I'll leave it up to some 'Academic' to study at university and get a graduate degree by studying 'the roots of the use of term "Eskwewyak" in North American colonial times'?????? .....lol

signed, Plains Cree woman/Canada