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Georgia Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Georgia. We have given their names in three different Indian languages: Cherokee,, Creek, and Miccosukee.

Two of these Native Georgia languages are related to each other. Can you guess which two 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.

Georgia Native Animal Names


Cherokee: ahawi (pronounced ah-wee)
Creek: eco (pronounced ih-choh)
Miccosukee: i:ci (pronounced ee-chih)

Cherokee: dila (pronounced dee-lah)
Creek: kono (pronounced ko-no)
Miccosukee: ko:ni (pronounced ko-nih)

Cherokee: tsutla (pronounced joot-lah)
Creek: culv (pronounced chull-uh)
Miccosukee: co:li (pronounced choh-lih)

Cherokee: tsisdu (pronounced jeese-doo)
Creek: cufe (pronounced chuff-eh)
Miccosukee: cokfi (pronounced chook-fih)

Cherokee: saloli (pronounced sah-lo-lee)
Creek: ero (pronounced ith-lo)
Miccosukee: hinlhi (pronounced hinth-lih)

Cherokee: inada (pronounced ee-nah-dah)
Creek: cetto (pronounced chit-toh)
Miccosukee: cinti (pronounced chin-tih)

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