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Louisiana Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Louisiana. We have given their names in three different Indian languages: Caddo,, Choctaw,, and Koasati.

Two of these Native Louisiana 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.

Louisiana Native Animal Names


Caddo: da' (pronounced dah)
Choctaw: issi (pronounced ih-sih)
Koasati: icó (pronounced ih-choh)

Caddo: n'áwtsi' (pronounced nn-out-see)
Choctaw: nita (pronounced nih-tah)
Koasati: nitá (pronounced nih-tah)

Caddo: ut (pronounced oot)
Choctaw: shaui (pronounced shaw-ee)
Koasati: sawá (pronounced sah-wah)

Caddo: du'u' (pronounced duh-oo)
Choctaw: cukfi (pronounced chook-fih)
Koasati: cokfí (pronounced choke-fih)

Caddo: batah (pronounced bah-tah)
Choctaw: nvni (pronounced nuh-nee)
Koasati: łałó (pronounced klah-loh)

Caddo: kikah (pronounced kee-kah)
Choctaw: siti (pronounced sin-tih)
Koasati: cintó (pronounced chin-toh)

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