Nebraska State is named after the Platte River, which is called ‘NiNbdhaska’ in Omaha-Ponco. In Ioway-Otoe, the Platte River is known as ‘NiNbraske’. Omaha-Ponco and Ioway-Otoe are Native American languages.

Ninbdhaska and NinBraske, the two Native American names for the Platte River have the same meaning, i.e., ‘Flat Water’.

In Sanskrit, the root word ‘nini’ (निनी) means to ‘pour in’, ‘pour out’ or ‘pour down’. ‘Abhadak’ (अबाधक) means ‘without obstacles’. Saka (सक) is added as a suffix for ‘he’ or ‘she’, in this case ‘she’ as river names in Sanskrit normally have a female gender. ‘Ninabhadaska’ woulld mean “that which pours or flows without impediment’. (Like a Flat-River!).

John E. Koontz, Department of Linguistics at the University of Colarado, says that the name Nebraska probably came from the the Ioway-Otoe ‘NiNBraske”. 

In Sanskrit, ‘NinBraske’ can be traced to the word ‘Prastirna’ (प्रस्तीर्ण) which means ‘flat’. (The ‘p’ and ‘b’ sounds are easily convertible). If we add ‘NiN’ to ‘Prastirna’ we have ‘NinPrastirna’ which would mean ‘pouring flat’. We could even add the ‘saka’ or ‘aka’ and the name would then change to ‘Nin-Prastirn-aka’ meaning ‘that which pours out flat’. 

Yet another Sanskrit word, ‘Nirbhugna’ (निर्भुग्न) fits in well. Nirbhugna means ‘flat’. It also means ‘bent’ or ‘not straight’. If we add an ‘A’ as a suffix, we have NirbhugnA, which means a river that flows ‘flat but not straight’. 

And here is the interesting part. The Nebraska State is little more than 200 miles from north to south and about 430 miles from east to west, but the serpentine windings of the River Platte give it a length of 600 miles within the state of Nebraska. Flat the river may may be, but it certainly is not straight.

Infact, the River Platte is serpentine.’Vatasha’ (वाताश) as they say in Sanskrit! ‘Nin-VatashA’ – ‘that which pours or flows like a serpent’.

If any of these Sanskrit words existed in the Native American languages, then a link between the Native Americans and  India definitely existed.

And if all these Sanskrit words exist in the Native American languages in some form or the other, then the origins of Native Americans just might have been in the Indian Subcontinent. 

Unless ofcourse the Vedic culture and the Sanskrit language was all-pervasive in the ancient world!


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