Wakandiota ( many lightnings) and mockahpeaketapa apparently are written as they were pronounced, I believe. Mockpeahketapa, respelled i think is mahpiyakitapa, or mahpiyaketapa. mahpiya means cloud, but i don't know the meaning of the rest of it.
I noticed that Featherstonhaugh mentions two chiefs living at Wabasha's Prairie, one having the name of "Iron Cloud" and the other "Walking Cloud". Any chance "mahpiyaketapa' could mean the latter? Also, regarding the name "Witch-e-ain"--I just saw something about "weech" meaning "star". Is that in Dakota?
I will check my Dakota english Dictionary. thereis nothing for witcheain in Dakota. it may be winnebago or chippewa, or lakota. mahpiyaketapa; mahpiya is cloud, ke: can't find anything that goes with the last part of the name tapa which means a deer head Walkingcloud is mahpiyamani the Dakota word for star is wicanhpi, and you pronounce the c as ch ex..as in chick
Last Edit: Feb 16, 2012 15:41:04 GMT -5 by hermin1
Hermin, Featherstonehaugh does give the Indian names for these "cloud" chiefs but, unfortunately the only copy of the journal I have right now is an ebook and all the native words are garbled for some reason so that one can't make them out. That's not the fault of Featherstonhaugh but is the case with most "text copies" of ebooks--so much garbling. Is there more than one star word? The "wic" element of wicanhpi seems to conform to Bunnell's "witch", if I read you right. What I'm asking is--did some of the stars have names in Dakota beyond the all-purpose word for star but still contain the "wic" element?
Goodness knows what Bunnell heard as "Witch-e-ain". Maybe even a word with the prefix "eci". I noticed just now a phrase "wicahpi wakan" so I see that the whole "wicahpi" must be present if a star had another name. I see you wrote "wicanhpi" and I don't know which is right. Looks like I should get a Dakota dictionary.
no it is not the same. the author pronounced it as he heard it. contact louie garcia at Louis_Garcia@littlehoop.edu for the translation. there is a Dakota word witchi which means hard moon or january, but again this is not the same as the word you mentioned.
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