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Mississippi Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Mississippi. We have given their names in three different Indian languages: Chickasaw,, Choctaw,, and Natchez.

Two of these Native Mississippi languages are related to each other. Can you guess which two languages are relatives by looking at the animal names on this page? You can find the answer on this page: Muskogean language family.

Mississippi Native Animal Names


Chickasaw: issi' (pronounced iss-sih)
Choctaw: issi (pronounced ih-sih)
Natchez: tca (pronounced chah)

Chickasaw: kowishto' (pronounced koh-wish-toh)
Choctaw: koi (pronounced koh-ee)
Natchez: iciwata∙ (pronounced ih-shih-wah-taw)

Chickasaw: chola (pronounced cho-lah)
Choctaw: chula (pronounced chu-lah)
Natchez: kawkup (pronounced kaw-kupp)

Chickasaw: fani' (pronounced fah-nih)
Choctaw: fvni (pronounced fuh-nih)
Natchez: hi∙ (pronounced hee)

Chickasaw: chokfi (pronounced chok-fih)
Choctaw: chukfi (pronounced chook-fih)
Natchez: ilco (pronounced ill-sho)

Chickasaw: sinti (pronounced sin-tih)
Choctaw: siti (pronounced sin-tih)
Natchez: u∙lah (pronounced oo-lah)

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