Indigenous Loanwords of Turtle Island

Indigenous loanwords name much that is unique to Turtle Island – both in human history and in natural history. They act as a reminder, conscious and subliminal, of the original peoples and languages of this land. More than four centuries of communication and miscommunication may be traced in the chronicle of these words.

Map: Jordan Engel. As always, the Decolonial Atlas’ original media can be reused under the Decolonial Media License 0.1.


One comment

  1. Surely that graphic shows a very short list.
    Coyote – Nahuatl , Puma – Quecha, Racoon – Algonquian, Coho – Salish; Caribou – Micmac; to say nothing of the innumerable place names.


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