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    I just discovered some names Native American tribes use to describe certain regions or the American continent. Do you know of any other?

    Pindorama (from tupi pindó-rama / pindó-retama, meaning "land of the palm trees") - this is the name the tupi tribes used to describe the region that nowadays is Brazil. There are 6 towns in Brazil named Pindorama (one in each state of São Paulo, Goias, Bahia, Minas Gerais, Tocantins and Rio Grande do Sul).

    Abya Yala (from Kuna meaning "live land" or "flowering land") - in Kuna this is used to describe the Americas. Kuna people come from Serra Nevada, in Colombia, having lived in Urabá Gulf and Darien Mountains. Nowadays they live in Panama, in San Blas / Kuna Yala County.

    Anahuac
    - the Aztecs lands of the Aztec Empire are named thus (basically Valley of Mexico). There's a city in Nuevo Leon and a city in Texas called thus.

    Tawantinsuyu ("four parts together") - the quichua name for the Inca Empire. Inca means lord in quichua.
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    A list of Taino names for different islands:

    http://www.indio.net/taino/main/language/Tisland.htm

    Some of the Bahamian islands still retain the original names, like Bimini & Mayaguana.

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    Jamaica- Arawakan-speaking Taíno inhabitants named the island Xaymaca, meaning the "Land of Wood and Water", or the "Land of Springs".

    Antigua- Waladli

    Dominica- Its pre-Columbian name was “Wai‘tu kubuli”, which means “Tall is her body”.

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    Haiti - Land of Mountains.

    After the haitian revolution, the former french colony of St-Domingue re-adapted the taino name.

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    Guadeloupe : caloucaera - isle of beautiful waters

    Martinique: jouanacaera (iguana island) or Madinina: (flower island).

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    In Brazil, Pindorama is a word often use to describe Brazil as well even today.
    Sche innam me pepicke keseagu

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    I think most of us would have trouble pronouncing these Cool names still.
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    Often used I meant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubirajara View Post
    In Brazil, Pindorama is a word often use to describe Brazil as well even today.
    Sche innam me pepicke keseagu

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    Malibu; Chumash for surf sounds loudly or noisy surf

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