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Some Wappo Names for People and Languages


The Wappo, a group of Indians located about one hundred miles north of San Francisco, had a fairly usual set of traditions for naming people. It is now too late to recover much information about their names—they have been mostly forgotten as have the people who were named. One aspect, however—their names for some of their neighbors—seems interesting enough to merit separate comment and justifies a brief review of some parts of their naming traditions.

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