Native American Words We Know and Use

The words in this student vocabulary list include Native American words that we use in everyday English.

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PLANTS AND TREES

Saguro - by Fred Hsu CC-2.0

Saguaro – by Fred Hsu CC-2.0

  • hickory
  • pecan
  • yucca
  • mesquite
  • saguaro

 

ANIMALS

  • caribou
  • chipmunk
  • cougar
  • jaguar
  • opossum
  • moose
Oregon, "beautiful water" by Zach Dischner CC-2.0

Oregon, beautiful water by Zach Dischner CC-2.0

STATES

  • Dakota – friend
  • Ohio – good river
  • Minnesota – waters that reflect the sky
  • Oregon – beautiful water
  • Nebraska – flat water
  • Arizona
  • Texas

FOODS

  • avocado
  • hominy
  • maize
  • persimmon
  • tapioca
  • succotash

BOATS

  • canoe
  • kayak
Kayak - by Whit Andrews CC-2.0

Kayak – by Whit Andrews CC-2.0

 

GEOGRAPHY

  • bayou – a marshy body of water
  • savannah – grassy plain
  • Pasadena – valley

WEATHER

  • blizzard
  • Chinook- warm, dry wind

FURNITURE

  • hammock
Hammock by Anoldent CC-2.0

Hammock by Anoldent CC-2.0

HOUSE

  • wigwam
  • wickiup
  • tepee igloo

INVENTIONS

  • toboggan
Toboggan - by Stefan Powell Cc-2.0

Toboggan – by Stefan Powell CC-2.0

OTHER WORDS

  • caucus – group meeting
  • mugwump – loner politician
  • squaw – woman
  • papoose – baby

CLOTHING

  • moccasin
  • parka
  • mukluk – slipper
  • poncho

 


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Source: AAA Native Arts.com