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New Hampshire Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of New Hampshire. We have given their names in the Abenaki language which was once spoken in New Hampshire. Today, Abenaki people all speak English. However, some Abenaki kids are learning their family's traditional language in addition to English.

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

New Hampshire Native Animal Names


moz (pronounced mooz)

azeban (pronounced ah-zuh-ban)

w˘kwses (pronounced wawk-suss)

mategwas (pronounced mah-tuh-gwas)

mikoa (pronounced mee-ko-ah)

skog (pronounced skoag)

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