Arawakan Languages - Some Examples

Some Examples

The Arawak word for maize is marisi, and various forms of this word are found among the other tribes:-

Arawak, marisi, Guiana.
Cauixana, mazy, Rio Jupura.
Goajiro, maique, Goajiros Peninsula.
Passes, mary, Lower Jupura.
Puri, maky, Rio Paraiba.

The Caribs clearly borrowed their word for maize from the Arawaks, for the Arawak radical is used by the females of that tribe, the males using an entirely different noun.

The German pilgrim, Henry Beutel had established the village Pilgerhut by Fort Nassau on the Berbice River in 1739 and six years later a gentleman presented them with a Mulatto boy, who assisted them in acquiring a more correct knowledge of the Arawak language. The pilgrims found him of great use as an interpreter and he helped greatly in the translation of their bible.

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