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Alabama Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Alabama. We have given their names in four different Indian languages: Alabama,, Cherokee,, Choctaw,, and Creek.

Three of these Native Alabama languages are related to each other. Can you guess which three languages are relatives by looking at the animal names on this page? (Hint: Not every word will sound similar even in closely related languages, so you may need to look at several different animals to figure it out!) You can find the answer on this page: Muskogean languages.

Alabama Native Animal Names


Alabama: ico (pronounced ih-choh)
Cherokee: ahawi (pronounced ah-wee)
Choctaw: issi (pronounced ih-sih)
Creek: eco (pronounced ih-choh)

Alabama: kowi (pronounced ko-wih)
Cherokee: tlvdatsi (pronounced tluh-dott-see)
Choctaw: koi (pronounced koh-ee)
Creek: kaccv (pronounced kotch-shu)

Alabama: cola (pronounced cho-lah)
Cherokee: tsutla (pronounced joot-lah)
Choctaw: chula (pronounced chu-lah)
Creek: culv (pronounced chull-uh)

Alabama: kono (pronounced ko-no)
Cherokee: dila (pronounced dee-lah)
Choctaw: koni (pronounced ko-nih)
Creek: kono (pronounced ko-no)

Alabama: cokfi (pronounced chok-fih)
Cherokee: tsisdu (pronounced jeese-doo)
Choctaw: chukfi (pronounced chook-fih)
Creek: cufe (pronounced chuff-eh)

Alabama: ahawi (pronounced ah-wee)
Cherokee: inada (pronounced ee-nah-dah)
Choctaw: siti (pronounced sin-tih)
Creek: cetto (pronounced chit-toh)

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