Thanks Gerry, now just need the pronunciation of Washita.
I just called the Washita County Clerk's office, it being Sunday I knew I would get a recording. The woman on the recording is somewhat hard to understand; sounds like she is saying "Washington" LOL! I've always pronounced it WAH-(synonymn for excrement)-taw. Only online verbal pronunciation I found says it Wah-SHEE-tah. You would think the govt. websites might include proper phonetic pronunciations but they don't.
As for Arickara, they call themselves Shanish so they don't tell us the proper way to say it on the Three Affiliated Tribes website. If Gerry is correct it begs the question why they are called "Rees" and not "Ricks". The word Arickara comes from the Pawnee; my guess would be the French (go figure) mispronounced it as Ahh-REEK-a-ruh, hence the shortening to "Ree".
Gentlemen, on programmes about NAS I've seen they pronounce it Gerrys way best wishes Trish.
The audio provided by Gerry is the best pronunciation available for the word ‘Arikara.’ As already mentioned, their name for themselves is either Sanish or Shanish depending on language pronunciation, which means, as with many Indian tribes, Original People, much as the Cheyenne call themselves The Human Beings.
The Sanish language is Caddoan and the tribe is related to the Pawnees. Arikara or U’ri ku ru, means ‘horn’ which is descriptive of their traditional hairstyle. The tribe was one of the three affiliated tribes, Arikara, Hidatsa & Mandan, who used to live along the Missouri River but who now live on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.
In the Journals of the Lewis and Clark expedition the Arikaras were variously described as Rick a rees, Ric a rees, or Rickarees, which is obviously a representation of how they heard the description, so with the predilection of frontiersmen of the time to shorten everything it is no surprise that we end up with Rees.
The Washita is either named from the Pawnee háwaastatkiicuʾ [hə́wa:stətki:cuʾ, həwá:stətki:cuʾ] so named because its water is sticky and mats a person's hair when swimming in it, or the apparent original name of an ancient tribe, the ‘Ouachita’ who probably lived along the river.
The old name is pronounced “Oo-wah-shee-tah” which gives us the phonetic English translation ‘Washita.’
Take your pick!
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