Tiwa Puebloans


The Tiwa or Tigua are a group of related
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. They traditionally speak a
Tiwa language Tiwa (Spanish language, Spanish ''Tigua'', also ''E-nagh-magh'') is a group of two, possibly three, related Tanoan languages spoken by the Tiwa people, Tiwa Puebloan peoples, Pueblo, and possibly Piro Pueblo, in the United States, U.S. state of N ...
(although some speakers have switched to Spanish and/or English), and are divided into the two Northern Tiwa groups, in
and Picuris, and the Southern Tiwa in
Isleta Pueblo of Isleta or Isleta Pueblo ( tix, Shiewhibak , kjq, Dîiw'a'ane ; nv, Naatoohó ) is an unincorporated community and Tanoan pueblo in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, United States, originally established in the . The Southern Tiwa langu ...
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, around what is now
, and in
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''Tiwa'' is the English name for these peoples, which is derived from the Spanish term ''Tigua'' and put into use by
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. The Spanish term has also been used in English writings although the term ''Tiwa'' now is dominant. In Spanish ''Tigua'' only was applied to the Southern Tiwa groups (in Tiguex territory). Spanish variants of ''Tigua'' include ''Cheguas'', ''Chiguas'', ''Téoas'', ''Tiguas'', ''Tigües'', ''Tiguesh'', ''Tigüex'', ''Tiguex'', ''Tigüez'', ''Tihuex'', ''Tioas'', ''Tziquis''. The names ''Atzigues'', ''Atziqui'', ''Tihues'', and ''Tziquis'' were originally applied to the Piro but later writers confused these terms for the Piro with the terms for the Southern Tiwa. A further confusion is with some of the terms for the
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(''Tegua'', ''Tehuas'', ''Teoas'') being applied to both the Tewa and (Southern) Tiwa indiscriminately. The forms ''Tiguesh'', ''Tigüex'', and ''Tiguex'' are meant to represent a pronunciation of which is supposedly an Isletan term meaning "Isletan" according to
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. The term ''Tiguan'' is usually given instead Bandelier's ''Tigüex'' — this being a representation of the Isletan term for "Southern Tiwas" and recorded in modern times as ''Tíwan'' with the term ''Tiwáde'' for the singular "(a) Southern Tiwa" ( J. P. Harrington recorded the singular as ''Tiwa'' and said that ''Tiwa/Tiwan'' could also be used to refer to Northern Tiwas). The Spanish spelling of the name as ''Tihua'' is contemporarily accepted, though the anglicized form (''Tiwa'') is, perhaps, academically more prevalent. The Governor of the New Mexico Territory, LeBaron Bradford Prince, wrote about a difference between the Tehua pueblos and the Tihua nation.


The Tiwa are first mentioned by Coronado in 1540, and a pueblo (town) referred to by him as both Coofor and Tiguex was most likely the pueblo known since a Spanish map of 1602 as Santiago Pueblo (Bandelier's Puaray). Coronado fought the Tiguex War against 12 of the southern Tiwa pueblos around what is now
, which together with the diseases and consolidation of missions by the Catholic priests the Spanish brought, resulted in the abandonment of many of the villages. In February 1583, the merchant Antonio de Espejo came up the
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to Tiguex (Kuaua), and Puaray (Espejo's own statement). The everyday life of Tiwas Indians of
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during the end of the 19th century is described in the book "The Padre of Isleta". reviewed at

See also

Tiwa languages Tiwa (Spanish language, Spanish ''Tigua'', also ''E-nagh-magh'') is a group of two, possibly three, related Tanoan languages spoken by the Tiwa people, Tiwa Puebloan peoples, Pueblo, and possibly Piro Pueblo, in the United States, U.S. state of N ...
Piro PuebloPiro Pueblo : The Piros (not to be confused with the Piros of the Ucayali basin in Peru , , image_flag = Flag_of_Peru.svg , image_coat = Escudo_nacional_del_Perú.svg , other_symbol = Great Sea ...
, a related Pueblo group


Cannon, Cornelia James
Cannon, Cornelia James
(1931) ''Lazaro in the pueblos: the story of Antonio de Espejo's expedition into New Mexico'' Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston
OCLC 1965297
* * Samuel Gance, ''Anton ou la trajectoire d'un père'', another story of Isleta's Padre Anton Docher. L'Harmattan, Paris, 2013, 208 p.

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