Names with a Twist

Names with a Twist

 

The verb root -tase- means to turn or twist.  These are names that contain the verb, all but one from a Turtle clan.

Ndikaratase          They two (f) have twisted loins, flanks. (male Snake clan)

[ndee-kah-rah-tah-she]

nd-                   feminine-zoic dual agent – they two (f)

-ikar-                noun root – flank, loins

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tase                 verb root – twist, turn + stative aspect

 

Haręhataseˀ           He is going around a branch[1] (male Large Turtle).

[ha-ren-hah-tah-seh-eh]

ha-                   masculine singular agent – he

-ręh-                 noun root – branch, treetops

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tase-               verb root – twist, turn

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

Teharhataseˀ[2]       He is twisting the forest. (male Large Turtle)

[teh-har-hah-tah-seh-eh]

te-                    dualic

-ha-                  masculine singular agent – he

-rh-                  noun root – forest

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tase-                verb root – turn, twist

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

Tehatǫtarataseʼ      He is twisting the lake (male Striped Turtle)

[teh-hah-ton-tah-rah-tah-seh-eh]

te-                    dualic

-h-                    masculine singular agent – he

-at-                   semi-reflexive voice

-ǫtar-               noun root – lake

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tase-               verb root – turn, twist

-ˀ                      stative aspect

Tehatrǫnyataseʼ  His sky is twisted; he is twisting the sky. (male Bear clan)

[teh-hah-tron-yah-tah-seh-eh]

te-                    dualic

-h-                    masculine singular agent – he

-at-                   semi-reflexive voice

-rǫny-              noun root – sky

-a-                    joiner vowel

-tase-               verb root – turn, twist

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

[1] It could be a branch in water.

[2] Connelley 1900:111 46. Big Turtle Clan.  Brother of Governor William Walker.  Name Räh’-hahn-tah’-sĕh.  Means “Twisting the forest,” i.e., as the wind moves, waves, and twists the willows along the banks of the stream in which the turtle lives.

 

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