Re: NANFA-- Fish Folklore/ language history

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 7 Nov 2001 23:43:05 -0600

There have been reports of them estivating. Chou-pique ( Pronounced shoe -
pick ) is french for cabbage pike ( pike fish that lives in cabbage weeds),
though it is convenient that it sounded similar to the dialect of the local
Indians. This happens with names of places here in Wisconsin. The French
named them from Indian names, sounding similar with meaning to the French.
I don't think Wisconsin is French, but its an interpretation of the name of
this area. I forget the meaning off the top of my head, but it has to do
with water. Even Milwaukee comes from Indian language, as does Nekoosa the
small town I went to school in. Wisconsin Rapids was called Ahdawagum, or
water between the rocks two rocks, translation is tricky. Another town near
where I grew up, Necedah - means yellow water. The river that flows along
side it is named the Yellow River. The water in that area that is
discolored is more of an orange color. Caused by a specie of bacteria in
the water I guess that grows like an algae in stagnant swamps and slow
flowing ditches. Bowfin all over in these places too.

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