Postscript: Petún is the word for tobacco in a major South American language!
One of POOF’s readers have just written us with an article that states Petún is the Tupi word for tobacco in Brazil! It may be derived from the generic name of the Maya Petún or Potun merchants, but the fact that it means tobacco in a South American language is 100% evidence of a South American connection to the Tobacco Indians of the Shenandoah Valley.
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