Bella Coola etymology again!

Alan H. Hartley ahartley at D.UMN.EDU
Thu Feb 3 14:31:07 UTC 2005

David Robertson wrote about CJ tamanwas and Bella Coola xmanwas
'guardian spirit.'

I can't say anything about the Salish possibilities, but Bill Bright's
new _Native American Placenames of the United States_ says s.v.
Tamanawas Falls: "Chinook Jargon <ta-mah-no-us>..'guardian spirit,
magic, luck, supernatural power'; probably from Sahaptin, containing
/tama-/ 'supernatural power'. Bright cites McArthur's _Oregon Geographic
Names_ and a personal communication from Dale Kinkade.


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