Wappo Indians of Napa County
Language


The Wappo Indians had no written language. They shared their ideas, stories, and feelings by speaking only. Stories and customs were passes down by parents to their children.

Their name has been spoken and written many way. Here are a few: Ashochimi, Caymus, Guapos, Mayacama, Mishewal, Rincon, Wapo, Wappa, and Wattos.

To learn the Wappo names for plants click here.

To learn the Wappo names for animals click here.

To see a map of languages spoken by different California Indians click here


Place Names

City

Wappo Name

Meaning

Calistoga

Nilektsonoma

Chicken Hawk Place

Pacheteaus

Meywahlennoma

Water Coming Up Village

St. Helena

Anakotanoma

Bull Snake Village

Ritchey Creek

Kaliholmanok

Naked Woods People Friendly

Alexander Valley

Unutsawaholmanoma

Toyon Bush Berry Place

Geysers

Tekenantsonoma

Mineral Mouth Village

Mt. St. Helena

Kanamota

Human Mountain

Numbers, People, and Verbs

English

Wappo

English

Wappo

one

pawa

move

eyeoomeye

two

hopi

build a house

oheyelmy

three

hopoka

pound acorn

oheyetsoomy

four

ola

lay down

ohkeymy

five

kata

boil

oakahma

six

patenauk

hit

ohlaytahmy

seven

hopitenauk

dance

ohlalmy

eight

hopihan

make

ohmaseye

nine

pawalak

sew

ohnamy

ten

mahais

drink

ugsha

eleven

mahais-pawlewin

sit down

shaseyekeye

twelve

mahais-hopilewin

be hungry

ha'goosha

one hundred

mahais-hol

shoot arrow

hayeye'sha

son

eh'-gay

stand

ha'lkeye

brother

eh'-pay

cut

hokea'tsa

sister

eye'-yeh-peh

carry on shoulder

hoona'seye

husband

eh'o

hunt

hala'why

woman

meh't-eh

build fire

koo'tie

wife

meh'-s-eye

eat mush

ka'lie

mother

nay-ay

fish with hook

la'kama

girl

pit-say'-lay

dig

may'ameye

father

ay'-yeah

give

mayha'seye

man

k-eh'-oh

get

mayla'ooshy

children

oak-eh'-toe

go in water

mate'aeyeseh

Source: Earl F. Covey. Cultural Resources Manager/Historian Mishewal-Wappo Tribe, Santa Rosa


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