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I am a member of the Cheraw Indian Nation. Our language has been lost over
the years with no record at all of any part of it.
In our very area lived the Lumbee Indians (who were a mixture of Cheraw,
PeeDee, Tuscarora, as well as other nations), the Catawba (who many Cheraw
joined in the mid 1700's), The Cherokee, the Tuscarora. Most of their
languages was Algonkian in base and there are other languages with that same
Considering the nomadic nature of our people, and considering the necessity of
trade among the different nations, to me it would be reasonable for their
languages to mix to some extent if not to a great extent.
Would it be possible to take a base of a certain amount of words from these
various languages, who are derived from the same base and build a
rudimentary language which could be learned and spoken? If so how many
words would be needed?