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Florida Native Animal Words

Here are the American Indian names of six native animals of Florida. We have given their names in three different Indian languages: Muskogee Creek, Miccosukee, and Timucua.

Two of these Native Florida languages are related to each other. Can you guess which two 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 family.

Florida Native Animal Names

Creek: eco (pronounced ih-choh)
Miccosukee: i:ci (pronounced ee-chih)
Timucua: honoso (pronounced hoh-noh-soh)

Creek: kaccv (pronounced kotch-shuh)
Miccosukee: ko:wî: (pronounced ko-wee)
Timucua: yaraha (pronounced yah-rah-hah)

Creek: culv (pronounced chull-uh)
Miccosukee: co:li (pronounced choh-lih)
Timucua: habe (pronounced hah-bay)

Creek: cufe (pronounced chuff-eh)
Miccosukee: cokfi (pronounced chook-fih)
Timucua: quelo (pronounced kway-lo)

Creek: fuswv (pronounced fuss-wuh)
Miccosukee: fo:si (pronounced foe-sih)
Timucua: chulufi (pronounced choo-loo-fee)

Creek: cetto (pronounced chit-toh)
Miccosukee: cinti (pronounced chin-tih)
Timucua: iyola (pronounced ee-yoh-lah)

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