- an American Indian language family of which the three surviving languages are spoken in several pueblos, including Taos, in northern New Mexico near the Rio Grande.
Origin of Tanoan
1891; coined by J.W. Powell as Tañoan, based on American Spanish Tagno (see -an; gn misinterpreted as equivalent to Spanish ñ), variant of Tano, ethnic name of Southern Tewa subgroup of Tanoans < Southern Tewa tʰá·nu
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Examples from the Web for tanoan
There is good documentary evidence that Sandia was settled by Tanoan people from Tusayan.
Among these arrivals were Tanoan warriors and their families, part of whom were ancestors of the present inhabitants of Hano.
The large collections of so-called modern Hopi pottery in our museums is modified Tanoan ware, made in Tusayan.
Among important increments in modern times may be mentioned several clans of Tanoan ancestry, as the Asa, Honani, and the like.
Among the most recent arrivals in Tusayan was another group of Tanoan clans which will be considered in this article.