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1. plural -nees or -nee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River.
2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family.

[C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south].

Summary Article: Shawnee from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Member of an American Indian people who inhabited the central Ohio River Valley until dispersed by Iroquois aggression and white settlement from the 17th century, migrating extensively through most of eastern and southern USA. They share an Algonquian linguistic and cultural heritage with the Fox, Sac, and Kickapoo. The Shawnee Chief Tecumseh fought famously against US expansion in the early 19th century. There are now four Shawnee branches: the Absentee, Eastern, and Cherokee (Loyal) Shawnee, who settled in Oklahoma in the 1830s; and the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band, recognized by Ohio state in 1980. They number about 6,000 (1990), with most living in Oklahoma. The Shawnee traditionally lived in large villages of bark-covered longhouses during the summer, and cultivated corn. Each village also had a...    Continue Reading
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