As is usually the sort of case with these sorts of things, there are differing theories as to the origins of the name of the falls. Iroquoian scholar Bruce Trigger for example believes “Niagara” was derived from the name of a branch of the Neutral Confederacy who resided in the area called the “Niagagarega” who were situated between the Huron and the Iroquois (the latter of whom would end up destroying them and absorbing the “neutral” bands that comprised this confederacy), their land going on to become home to the Chippawa community. George R. Stewart however posits it was derived from an Iroquois town called “Ongniaahra” which translated to “point of land cut in two,” while Henry Schoolcraft believes it a Mohawk name referring to the stretch of land between lakes Erie and Ontario.
2 minutes read Niagara Falls: What’s in a Name? [Repost]
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Niagara Falls: What’s in a Name? [Repost]
January 30, 2016