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The Powhatan language is endangered. Currently there are only a few thousand words in the Powhatan language, but there is an effort to revitalize it. The language is currently being spoken and written, and there are language classes in at least three tribal communities.

William Strachey, while in Virginia between 1610 and 1611, recorded the language and attempted to record the sounds using the English alphabet. Capt John Smith recorded several hundred during his exploration, and that is the extent of the language.

At various times we will add words and phrases to the list. We hope that you enjoy the site and visit often.

All of the words below were posted February 14, 2001

The following are the Numerical Tables from the British Museum manuscript.

1. Nekut
2. Ninge
3. Nousough or Nus
4. Yeough
5. Porance
6. Camatinge
7.  ?
8. Nuscawes
9. Kykeytawe
10. Koske
20. Ningepoke
300. Nuswohcassannack

Words Posted October 11, 2001