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North Dakota Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of eight native animals of North Dakota. We have given their names in three different Indian languages: Assiniboine, Dakota, and Ojibwe.

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

North Dakota Native Animal Names


Assiniboine: šųktogeja (pronounced shoonk-toh-gay-jah)
Dakota: šunktokeca (pronounced shoonk-tok-ay-cha)
Ojibwe: ma'iingan (pronounced muh-een-gun)

Assiniboine: tatąga (pronounced tah-tahn-gah)
Dakota: tatanka (pronounced tah-tahn-kah)
Ojibwe: bizhiki (pronounced bih-zhih-kih)

Assiniboine: mato (pronounced mah-toh)
Dakota: mato (pronounced mah-toh)
Ojibwe: makwa (pronounced muck-wuh)

Assiniboine: šųkšana (pronounced shoonk-shah-nah)
Dakota: šunghidan (pronounced shoon-ghee-dahn)
Ojibwe: waagosh (pronounced wah-gosh)

Assiniboine: maštija (pronounced mah-shtee-jah)
Dakota: maštinca (pronounced mah-shteen-chah)
Ojibwe: waabooz (pronounced wah-booze)

Assiniboine: sija (pronounced see-jah)
Dakota: zica (pronounced zee-chah)
Ojibwe: ajidamoo (pronounced uh-jih-duh-moo)

Assiniboine: hoğą (pronounced ho-ghawn)
Dakota: hoghan (pronounced ho-ghawn)
Ojibwe: giigoonh (pronounced gih-goon)

Assiniboine: zitkana (pronounced zeet-kah-nah)
Dakota: zitkadan (pronounced zeet-kah-dawn)
Ojibwe: bineshiinh (pronounced bih-nay-sheen)

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