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A map of northeastern Peilaš. The Aiwa is the large river in the center of the map.

< Aiwa

The middle Aiwa near Êbloi.
Reeds and shallow river channels are typical elements of the landscape in the Aiwa delta.

The Aiwa or Eigə River is one of the largest rivers in Peilaš and the central artery of the Edastean sphere. Its source is high in the Eiwəl Gourun; it runs east and south through Lasomo eventually draining in a large delta in the center of Kasca. Major tributaries include the Thabīa, the Bwimbai, and the Milīr. In the earliest record the valley was inhabited by tribes of the Eigə Valley linguistic group, who eventually gave rise to Ngauro civilization, and whose classical-era descendants are represented by the Miw.

In the late 3rd millennium BP Talo-Edastean tribes poured out of the Bwimbai, and the Ndak became settled on the middle Aiwa. Their subsequent imperial expansion against surrounding tribes led to the replacement of Eigə Valley-speakers on the lower and middle Aiwa, though a group known as the Meshi remained, for a time, on the upper Aiwa.


Language Name Pronunciation Etymology
Ndak Ta Aiwa ['ɑi.wa] "good"
Adāta Ēza [ˈeːza] NT Aiwa
Fáralo Eigə ['e.ɡə] NT Aiwa
Naidda Ya ['ja] NT Aiwa
Wippwo Ha ['ha] Ndd. Ya
Ndok Aisô Oigeu ['ɔːj.ɣɛw] NT Aiwa
Buruya Nzaysa Iwa ['i.wa] NT Aiwa
Æðadĕ Ēz [eːz] Ad. Ēza
Mešmo Koyʔōn Īla [ˈiː.lɐ] Ad. Ēza
Pencek Eka [əˈɡaː] F. Eigə (borrowed)
Namɨdu Yogga ['jʌɡ.ɡɐ] F. Eigə

See also