Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Chipmunk (agongos)

Chipmunks may be classified either as a single genus, Tamias, or as three genera: Tamias, of which the eastern chipmunk (T. striatus) is the only living member; Eutamias, of which the Siberian chipmunk (E. sibiricus) is the only living member; and Neotamias, which includes the 23 remaining, mostly western North American, species. These classifications were treated as subgenera due to the chipmunks’ morphological similarities.[2] As a result, most taxonomies over the twentieth century have placed the chipmunks into a single genus. However, studies of mitochondrial DNA show that the divergence between each of the three chipmunk groups is comparable to the genetic differences between Marmota and Spermophilus,[2][3][4][5][6] so the three genera classifications have been adopted here.


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Anishinaabe Stories or Other Interesting Facts!


Long ago when animals could talk, a bear was walking along. Now it has always been
said that bears think very highly of themselves. Since they are big and strong, they are
certain that they are the most important of all the animals. As this bear went along
turning over big logs with his paws to look for food to eat, he felt very sure of himself.
“There is nothing I cannot do,” said this bear.
“Is that so?” said a small voice. Bear looked down. There
was a little chipmunk looking up at Bear from its hole in the
ground. “Yes,” Bear said, “that is true indeed.” He reached out
one huge paw and rolled over a big log. “Look at how easily I
can do this. I am the strongest of all the animals. I can do
anything. All the other animals fear me.”


Related Words

ajidamoo na a red squirrel

zhagashkaandawe na a flying squirrel

misajidamoo na a grey squirrel; a fox squirrel

ajidamoo na a red squirrel