On Mon, Aug 30, 2004 at 01:02:49PM -0400, John Cowan wrote: > The etymology of Kemo Sabe, however, is as secure as any such thing > can be: it is from Potawatomi _gimozabe_ 'he who looks in secret', > almost certainly intended as 'scout/spy', but also interpretable as > 'masked man'. (Potawatomi is spoken in Michigan, half a continent away, > but there is a definite chain of evidence leading back to it.) No reason Tonto couldn't have been a Michigander who'd moved West. The Lone Ranger didn't exactly sound like he was from Texas, either. :) > See http://spot.colorado.edu/~koontz/faq/etymology.htm#Kemosabe Iwgwien(*)! Very interesting. Especially the fact that Tonto was explicitly stated to be Potawatomi in the radio show. I always had the distinct impression that he was supposed to be Apache (without having ever heard of the Tonto Apache). (*) that's Potawatomi for "Thank you", or at least, one of three different translations of same found on the web. The other two are spelled |migwe'c| and |kcumigwe'c|; all three of which do seem to have the component |gw(i)e|. I have no idea what sounds are represented by this orthography, I'm afraid.