Definitions for wyandotˈwaɪ ənˌdɒt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Wy•an•dotˈwaɪ ənˌdɒt(n.)(pl.)-dots; -dot.
a member of an American Indian tribe formed from dispersed elements of the Hurons and closely related peoples in the mid-17th century.
the extinct Iroquoian language of the Wyandots, descended in part from Huron.
a Native American people, formed from the Huron confederacy, that lived in and around Ohio
a member of this people
the Iroquoian language of this people
The Wyandot people or Wendat, also called Huron, are indigenous peoples of North America. They traditionally spoke the Wyandot language, an Iroquoian language. By the 15th century, the pre-contact Wyandots settled in the area of the north shore of present-day Lake Ontario, before migrating to Georgian Bay. It was in that later location that they first encountered the French explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1615. The modern Wyandot emerged in the late 17th century from the remnants of two earlier groups, the Wendat or Huron Confederacy and the Tionontate, called the Petun by the French because of their cultivation of the crop. They were located in the southern part of what is now the Canadian province of Ontario around Georgian Bay. Drastically reduced in number by epidemic diseases after 1634, they were dispersed by war in 1649 from the Iroquois, the Haudenosaunee, then based in New York. Today the Wyandot have a reserve in Quebec, Canada. They also have three major settlements in the United States, two of which have independently governed, federally recognized tribes. Due to differing development of the groups, they speak distinct forms of Wendat and Wyandot languages.
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