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[tah-noh-uh n]
  1. 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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • There is good documentary evidence that Sandia was settled by Tanoan people from Tusayan.

    Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895

    Jesse Walter Fewkes

  • 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.