Animals of Cascadia

Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Mowitch

MOWITCH [MÓW-itsh] [ MAH’-witsh] — noun. Meaning: A deer; venison; game; wild animal Origin: Nuu-chah-nulth, mauitsh; Ditidaht, moitsh, a deer While the word itself refers to deer in general, as seen in “man mowitch (stag)” and “klootchman mowitch” (doe), it was occasionally applied to mountain goat or mountain sheep. It…...

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Your Chinook Wawa Word of the Day: Kiuatan

KIUATAN [KIU’-a-tan] or [KHI-YU-tun] — noun. Meaning: Horse Origin: Generally believed to be from Chinook i-kiuatan ‘horse’, though some sources claim it is of Mamachatpam (Yakima) origin. There were several words for horses in Chinook Wawa, kiuatan seems to have been used more in southern regions of Cascadia, and is…...

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