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A squaw was a common term used in English for a Native American woman until the late 20th century. It has a long history as a derogatory term and is no longer considered appropriate to use in most contexts.

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Just a few of the many hundreds of possible words for "woman" in native languages from North America alone:

Menominee...........................metae:moh, tasiahkiw, omae:nomeniahkiw (Menominee woman)

Algonquin.............................ikwe

Natick....................................squaas, squas, squaus

Powhatan.............................crenepo, cucheneppo

Mahican.................................bhanem, winasos

Mohegan...............................sqa

Choctaw................................ohoyo, halak ohoyo

Kiowa....................................mahyehn

Cayuga..................................agǫgweh

Oneida..................................u·kwé

Seneca..................................ye'oh

Onondaga.............................hehron goniagui

Comanche.............................nai'bi

Catawba................................n'ya

Kalispel/Flathead...................smeem

Lakota...................................win

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Names of both women and men in most (if not all) tribes; were after objects and not concepts: Blue Bird (for example) where "English" would name the same person "Robin."

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An offensive term may be 'squaw'.

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their were named organs.

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pokahontice Sacajawea

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