The English Language

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Cree

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Cree Language Notes

Cree is an Algonquian language spoken in North America.

Many of the words from this language are the names of animals and plants ("moose", "skunk"). Some are stereotypical "Red Indian" words used in USA made films (movies). A few are place names.

Just as "Red Indian" is a derogatory term so is "Eskimo", the Cree name for the Inuit people.


WordMeaningNotes
chipmunk   A North American ground squirrel.
Eskimo eaters of raw flesh Eskimos call themselves 'Inuit'.
Michigan big lake USA state.
moose   North American elk.
opossum   Small tree-dwelling American marsupial.
pow wow he dreams A meeting. Originally a medicine man's conference.
Quebec it is shut Canadian province.
Saskatchewan rapid current Canadian province.
skunk   American carnivore that emits a strong smell.
squash   The vegetable.
squaw woman  
Winnipeg swamps Canadian city

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