Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Minnow (giigoozens)

Minnow is the common name for a number of species of small freshwater fish, belonging to several genera of the family Cyprinidae and in particular the subfamily Leuciscinae. They are also known in Ireland as pinkeens.[1]

While the common name can refer to a range of taxa, smaller fish in the subfamily Leusciscinae are considered by anglers to be “true” minnows.[2]


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Anishinaabe Stories or Other Interesting Facts!


We are told that the Fish (Giigoonh) people are the holders of the knowledge from the stars and our connection to the wisdom and medicine above. Many of the stories within our Anishinaabe oral history tell us that we are all a part of Creation, and that each relationship is sacred. The Fish (Giigoonh) is our connection to the Water (Niibii) and reminds us of our responsibility to stand up and protect all of our relatives within Creation.

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Related Words


giigoonh na a fish

See also: giingoo na [RL]

clean fish

bakazhaawe vai s/he cleans fish

fire-cured meat or fish

abwewasigan ni fire-cured meat or fish

roasted fish

abwaajigan ni roasted meat or fish
scale fish
jiiga’amegwe vai s/he scales fish
jiiga’e vai s/he scales fish
smoked fish

gaaski-giigoonh na smoked fish

gaaskaabasigan na smoke-cured animal or fish

See also: gaaskaabasigan ni

take fish out of net