Mohawk Way

From Pittsburgh Streets
Mohawk Way
Neighborhood West Oakland
Origin of name Mohawk people

Mohawk Way is named for the Mohawk people.[1][2][3] The Mohawks, a member of the Iroquois Six Nations, are from upper New York state and adjacent parts of Canada. Their name in English was first written as Mohowawogs in 1638, which comes from a southern New England Algonquian word for the Mohawk, cognate with an Unami word meaning "cannibal monsters." In their own language the Mohawk are called Kanyę'kehá:ka' or Kanyę'kehró:no'.[4]


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  4. William Bright. Native American Placenames of the United States, p. 292. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8061-3598-4. [view source]bright