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Connecticut Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Connecticut. We have given their names in two different Indian languages: Mohegan-Pequot and Munsee. As you can tell by looking at some of these words, Munsee and Mohegan-Pequot were related to each other. They both belong to the Algonquian family.

Can you find one of these animal names that sounds similar in the Native American languages and English? English colonists borrowed the word for this new animal from Algonquian speakers!

Connecticut Native Animal Names


Mohegan: noyuhc (pronounced no-yutch)
Munsee: atóh (pronounced ah-toe)

Mohegan: áhsup (pronounced ah-sup)
Munsee: éespan (pronounced ay-sponn)

Mohegan: wôks (pronounced wonks)
Munsee: xwáalŭwees (pronounced khwah-luh-wase)

Mohegan: skôks (pronounced skonks)
Munsee: shkáakwus (pronounced shkock-wuss)

Mohegan: tuksahs (pronounced tuck-sahs)
Munsee: móoshkiingw (pronounced moash-keeng-w)

Mohegan: skok (pronounced skoke)
Munsee: áxkook (pronounced akh-koke)

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