Gros Ventre Ethnogeography and Place Names: A Diachronic Perspective

  title={Gros Ventre Ethnogeography and Place Names: A Diachronic Perspective},
  author={Andrew Cowell and Allan Ross Taylor and Terry Brockie},
  journal={Anthropological Linguistics},
  pages={132 - 170}
Abstract:This article documents and linguistically analyzes all known place names in the Gros Ventre language. Analysis of names both from the perspective of a supra-tribal system of place names on the Northern Plains and with respect to a naming system specific to Gros Ventre (which we compare to that of Arapaho) allows a better understanding of the ethnogeographic process of identifying a particular region as a homeland. Postcontact names reveal shifts in the system; nonetheless, the overall… 
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