Probably a synonym of Kanawha, but the meaning is unknown; also spelled Canawese, and Ganawese. Also called Piscataway, from a village on Piscataway Creek where the Conoy chief resided.
The Conoy belonged to the Algonquian linguistic stock and were probably intermediate between the Nanticoke and Powhatan Indians. They resided between the Potomac River and the western shore of the Chesapeake.
- Acquintanacsuak, on the west bank of Patuxent River in St. Marys County.
- Conoy proper or Piscataway, in the southern part of Prince Georges County.
- Mattapanient, on Patuxent River, probably in St. Marys County.
- Moyawance, on the West bank of the Potomac River above the Conoy proper.
- Nacotchtank, on the eastern branch of the Potomac, in the District of Columbia.
- Pamacocack about the mouth of Mattawoman Creek and the present Pomonkey, Charles County.
- Patuxent, in Calvert County.
- Potapaco, in the southern and central parts of Charles County.
- Secowocomoco, on Wicomico River in St. Marys and Charles Counties.