cover

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title page, copyright page

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pp. i-ii

Contents

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p. iii

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Acknowledgments

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p. iv

Aside from my assistant, Ruth Valsing, my primary aide in writing this book has been Ernie Bulow of Gallup, New Mexico, a master of many subjects. My first consultant on Indian peoples has been the Honorable Clyde M. Hall of Fort Hall, Idaho, man of medicine. My constant telephone advisors were novelist Richard Wheeler and historian Dale Walker. Thanks, Ernie, Clyde, Richard, and Dale. I have depended principally on the following writers and Westerners in the areas...

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Author’s Note for the Second Edition

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p. v

This book is an expanded and revised edition of the original, published in 1993. I have included Alaska, have increased the number terms relating to the Pacific Coast states generally, and have sought out new terms of contemporary American Indian English. Hundreds of main entries have also been rewritten. I hope readers find the book useful, and have fun reading it.

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Introduction

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pp. vi-xvi

Dictionary of the American West was conceived while listening to writers gripe. Some years ago, a group of writers at a convention of the Western Writers of America fell to talking about how our editors didn’t understand Western words. The funniest and most appalling story was about an editor who knew buckskins is a word for Davy Crockett deerskin clothes but didn’t know it’s a color of horse. So she wrote in the margin of a manuscript, “I know buckskins get old and stiff and smelly, but I’ll be...

A

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pp. 1-14

B

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pp. 15-60

C

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pp. 60-113

D

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pp. 113-134

E

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pp. 134-141

F

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pp. 141-155

G

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pp. 156-174

H

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pp. 175-196

I

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pp. 196-202

J

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pp. 202-206

K

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pp. 206-210

L

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pp. 211-227

M

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pp. 227-249

N

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pp. 250-256

O

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pp. 257-262

P

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pp. 262-297

Q

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pp. 297-299

R

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pp. 299-318

S

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pp. 319-384

T

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pp. 385-402

U

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pp. 403-404

V

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pp. 404-406

W

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pp. 407-422

Y

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pp. 422-425

Z

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pp. 425-426

A Guide to Further Reading

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pp. 427-429