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Montana Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of eight native animals of Montana. We have given their names in four different Indian languages: Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, and Lakota.

Two of these Native Montana languages are related to the Siouan language family, and the other two are not. Can you guess which languages are Siouan by looking at the animal names on this page? You can find the answer on this page: Siouan languages.

Montana Native Animal Names


Assiniboine: šųktogeja (pronounced shoonk-toh-gay-jah)
Blackfeet: ómahkapi'si (pronounced oh-mah-kah-pih-see)
Cheyenne: hó'nehe (pronounced hoh-neh-heh)
Lakota: sunkmanitu tanka (pronounced shoonk-mah-nee-too tahn-kah)

Assiniboine: mato (pronounced mah-toh)
Blackfeet: kiááyo (pronounced kee-ah-yoh)
Cheyenne: náhkohe (pronounced nah-koh-heh)
Lakota: mato (pronounced mah-toh)

Assiniboine: tatąga (pronounced tah-tahn-gah)
Blackfeet: iiníí (pronounced ee-nee)
Cheyenne: hotóva'a (pronounced hoh-toh-vah-ah)
Lakota: tatanka (pronounced tah-tahn-kah)

Assiniboine: ta (pronounced tah)
Blackfeet: áwatoyi (pronounced ah-wah-toh-yee)
Cheyenne: váótséva (pronounced vow-tseh-vah)
Lakota: tahca (pronounced tah-chah)

Assiniboine: šųkšana (pronounced shoonk-shah-nah)
Blackfeet: máóhkataatoyi (pronounced maw-kuh-tah-to-yee)
Cheyenne: má'hóohe (pronounced mah-hoh-heh)
Lakota: sungila (pronounced shoon-gee-lah)

Assiniboine: maštija (pronounced mah-shtee-jah)
Blackfeet: ááattsistaa (pronounced aht-tsih-stah)
Cheyenne: vóhkoohe (pronounced voh-koh-heh)
Lakota: mastinca (pronounced mah-shteen-chah)

Assiniboine: zitkana (pronounced zeet-kah-nah)
Blackfeet: pi'ksíí (pronounced pick-see)
Cheyenne: ve'keso (pronounced veh-keh-so)
Lakota: zintkala (pronounced zeent-kah-lah)

Assiniboine: snohena (pronounced snoh-hay-nah)
Blackfeet: pitsííksiinaa (pronounced pit-seek-see-nah)
Cheyenne: še'šenovoto (pronounced sheh-sheh-noh-voh-toh)
Lakota: zuzeca (pronounced zoo-zay-chah)

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