OMG! After three centuries, we now know how the Koweta Creeks got their name!
This information has just been added to the article on the Kansa People, but if you have already read that article, this information will blow your mind . . . if you excuse the pun.
Crystal Douglas, Director of the Kaw Nation Museum wrote me to explain the meaning of the Kaw Peoples’ names: “The Kanza/Kansa is the word for the South Wind. They refer to themselves as the People of the South Wind (Kanza). Kaw is the Wind or the Wind People.”
Ms. Douglas has just answered a three century long riddle. Why have the Kvwetv (Kaweta) Creeks always been associated with the Wind Clan? Because they originally were Kaw People, who joined the Creek Confederacy! Kvwetv is Muskogee-Creek for Wind People. Thus, the Itsate Creek Kowite (Mountain Lion People) were the progenitors of the Mountain Lion (North Georgia) or Tiger (Muskogees and Seminoles) Clans . . . not the Koweta Creeks.
And now you know!
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