Definition of Chiricahua in English:


Syllabification: Chir·i·ca·hua
Pronunciation: /ˌCHi-riˈkä-wə


  • 1A member of an Apache people, formerly located in southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico, now living primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
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    • Daklugie suffered all the ignominies heaped upon the Chiricahuas after they were exiled to Florida.
    • Among the Chiricahuas and the Western Apaches local groups comprised loose confederations called bands.
    • For further information regarding the dealings of the Chiricahua with the Government, see Apache.
  • 2The Athabaskan language of the Chiricahua.
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    • Many of the stories appearing in this volume were recorded and transcribed in the Chiricahua language by Harry Hoijer, a noted linguist who studied southern Athapaskan languages.
    • When I was in sheep camp, I listened closely and it seemed to me that it was talking the Chiricahua language.
    • Only 300 people are still fluent in the Chiricahua language.


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  • Relating to the Chiricahua or their language.
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    • Also they are reaching out to the non-Indian community to educate them about Chiricahua philosophy.
    • In his context, modern Chiricahua settlement patterns now indicate a reassertion of traditional Chiricahua spatial patterns.

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