Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Mink (zhaangweshi)

Mink are dark-colored, semiaquaticcarnivorous mammals of the genera Neogale and Mustela and part of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weaselsotters, and ferrets. There are two extant species referred to as “mink”: the American mink and the European mink. The extinct sea mink was related to the American mink but was much larger.

The American mink’s fur has been highly prized for use in clothing. Their treatment on fur farms has been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare[1] activism. American mink have established populations in Europe (including Great Britain and Denmark) and South America. Some people believe this happened after the animals were released from mink farms by animal rights activists, or otherwise escaped from captivity.[2][3] In the UK, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to release mink into the wild.[4] In some countries, any live mink caught in traps must be humanely killed.[5]


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Anishinaabe Stories or Other Interesting Facts!


The Mink and the Fish

Mink found a live pike on the lakeshore. He told the pike, “Pike, the Muskie is calling you all kinds of names.” “What is he calling me?” asked Pike. Mink answered, “He says you’re wall-eyed.” Pike did not like to be called names and said, “Well, he’s got teeth like a saw blade and a long, plated face. He’s not pretty, either.”

There was a muskie nearby, and Mink told him what Pike had said about him. Mink went back and forth, back and forth, getting Muskie and Pike mad at one another. Finally, Pike and Muskie had a big fight and Mink acted as referee. Muskie and Pike ended up killing each other in the fight, so Mink had the last laugh on them.


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male otter
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