Anishinaabe Word of The Day

Rat/mouse (waawaabiganoojiinh)

Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents. Species of rats are found throughout the order Rodentia, but stereotypical rats are found in the genus Rattus. Other rat genera include Neotoma (pack rats), Bandicota (bandicoot rats) and Dipodomys (kangaroo rats).

Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their size. Usually the common name of a large muroid rodent will include the word “rat”, while a smaller muroid’s name will include “mouse”. The common terms rat and mouse are not taxonomically specific. There are 56 known species of rats in the world.[1]


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Anishinaabe Stories or Other Interesting Facts!


Wīsāhkīcahk, also known as Wesakechak or the Trickster, is a prominent figure in Cree mythology and is often depicted as a mischievous and cunning character who uses his wit to outsmart others. In this particular story, Wīsāhkīcahk encounters a small mouse who challenges him to a contest of strength.

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Related Words

Anaamisag dazhewag waawaabiganoojiinyag.
Mice nest under the floor.
Waawaabiganoojiinyan naa oniimamaan a’a gaazhagenzhish
That old cat has got a mouse in her mouth.