Are people who move a lot in groups called settlers?

I don't know what else; I'm doing an report on native Americans and the Wyandotte culture. They move in big groups I don't know what that's called but I really need to know.

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    People who settle are called settlers. – Hank Feb 14 '17 at 16:47
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    "they call me the wanderer, yeah the wanderer.." – NVZ Feb 14 '17 at 16:57
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    Seems like an answer depends on why the group moves a lot. Armies move a lot. Parties (hunting and otherwise) can move a lot. Nomads (below) move a lot (best one yet). I don't think there is something general. Great question. – user116032 Feb 14 '17 at 20:24
  • They would probably be described in a number of different ways, depending on the exact context. Can you provide an example sentence or few? – DCShannon Feb 15 '17 at 0:58
  • What kind of "movement" are you talking about? Moving around in one place"? A large crowd going the same direction? A community migrating together? You have nowhere near enough detail here for us to give you a good answer. – curiousdannii Feb 15 '17 at 1:46

This might be a group of nomads.


A member of a people that travels from place to place to find fresh pasture for its animals and has no permanent home:
‘the withering of their grasslands forced the nomads of the Sahara to descend into the Nile valley’


  • +1 or Beduins, Gypsies. – NVZ Feb 14 '17 at 16:56
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    @NVZ thanks. Of course not all nomads are Bedouins, gypsies, and not even all Bedouins & gypsies are nomads any more these days, having settled down... – Bookeater Feb 14 '17 at 16:59
  • True that. The times they are a-changing. – NVZ Feb 14 '17 at 17:01
  • Don't you mean "a nomadic group" rather than "a group of nomads"? – einpoklum - reinstate Monica Feb 15 '17 at 13:01

Wyandotte people were forced to move due to conflict with other tribes (including the largest tribe of all, the US government.)

They eventually settled in one place, and formed a nation. So they were settlers in a sense.

However, to arrive there they migrated.

Although the word has a recent connotation equating it with refugee, or even farm worker,

Migrant is

a person that travels to a different country or place, often in order to find work

-Cambridge on-line

The word can also be used to refer to a type of seasonal behaviour, such as the what the Sioux Plains Indians engaged in,

They were a hunting people and traveled frequently in search of their main food source, the sacred American bison or buffalo.

...and the American Buffalo followed migratory feeding patterns.

  • Migrant has gained quite a lot of baggage recently. This could be dealt with by providing sufficient context, but might rule it out in a title or introductory paragraph. Related words in other parts of speech (migration, migrating) are much less affected. – Chris H Feb 15 '17 at 9:08
  • +1 for looking up the subject (Wyandotte people) and trying to determine the best word from that context. – Guy Schalnat Feb 15 '17 at 12:48
  • Migratory community, maybe, if the subject is village-sized (or larger) groups that move en masse. – Scott Feb 15 '17 at 20:43

You can also use Vagabond although the word is used mostly in a negative connotation.


a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.

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