Definition of Tiwa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtēwə/

noun (plural same or Tiwas)

1A member of a Pueblo Indian people living mainly in the region of Taos, New Mexico.
Example sentences
  • The Tiwas use tribal masks for performing rituals.
  • Many directed their anger from July 25 at the Texas Attorney General, who has sought to close both the Alabama-Coushatta and the Tiguas ' casino in El Paso.
  • After the casino was shut down, they induced the Tiguas to hire them to wage a campaign to allow the casino's reopening.
2The Tanoan language of the Tiwa. Do not confuse with Tewa.
Example sentences
  • Called the pikuria by their neighbors to the South - meaning ‘those who paint’ - the tribe's cultural heritage, including their language, Tiwa, is largely passed down orally.
  • He has become active in an effort to teach Tiwa, his native language, to the pueblo's children, and he understands his ranch work as part of a larger effort to help defend the tribe's water rights.


Relating to the Tiwa or their language.
Example sentences
  • Even more brazen was the effort to funnel millions of dollars through him for a campaign to shut down the El Paso, Texas casino run by the Tigua tribe.
  • The historic Taos Pueblo, home of the Tiwa Indians since at least 900 AD, now enjoys a rich mixture of Anglo, Native American and Spanish cultures.
  • We got the entire Tigua tribal council coming by at one.


From Spanish Tigua, from a Tanoan name like the Southern Tiwa self-designation tiwáde.

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Syllabification: Ti·wa

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