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North Carolina Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of North Carolina. We have given their names in four different Indian languages: Catawba, Cherokee,, Creek, and Tuscarora. As you can see, the languages of these four tribes were totally different. They needed interpreters to talk to each other.

North Carolina Native Animal Names


Catawba: widəboye (pronounced wee-duh-boh-yay)
Cherokee: ahawi (pronounced ah-wee)
Creek: eco (pronounced itch-oh)
Tuscarora: á:kweh (pronounced ah-kweh)

Catawba: ciqəne (pronounced chee-kuh-nay)
Cherokee: kvtli (pronounced cutt-lee)
Creek: wotko (pronounced wote-koh)
Tuscarora: ruhsá:tu:' (pronounced roo-sah-too)

Catawba: dəpəyamuye (pronounced duh-puh-yah-moo-yay)
Cherokee: tsutla (pronounced joot-lah)
Creek: culv (pronounced chull-uh)
Tuscarora: thkęhná:ksę (pronounced thken-nock-sen)

Catawba: pvnwan (pronounced pun-wahn)
Cherokee: tsisdu (pronounced jeese-doo)
Creek: cufe (pronounced chuff-eh)
Tuscarora: kwè:ru' (pronounced kweh-roo)

Catawba: panyan (pronounced pahn-yahn)
Cherokee: saloli (pronounced sah-lo-lee)
Creek: ero (pronounced ith-lo)
Tuscarora: tha:st (pronounced thawst)

Catawba: ya (pronounced yah)
Cherokee: inada (pronounced ee-nah-dah)
Creek: cetto (pronounced chit-toh)
Tuscarora: rúhskwa'neh (pronounced roos-kwa-neh)

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