Words of native origin
The following is a list of words of native origin. You will find in parentheses what each word refers to in everyday life (town, river, etc.), followed by the translation.
Where one waits for a moose.
Strips of rawhide, sinew, or gut used for sewing, lacing, or fastening: making snowshoes for example.
The village where I live.
Lake crossed from edge to edge by a river. (source: Commission de toponymie du Québec)
How deep is it? Sea water and fresh water meet.
They eat raw.
- Ilnu / Ilunatsh
Name of the Montagnais in their language meaning “Human being”.
He is restless / he is too noisy.
Spirit of spirits / superior being.
Where there is a point of land.
Current coming out of the lake.
Lost / away from its normal place.
(Typical local fish, sea trout which would have evolved following the disappearance of the salt water.)
Winding path, full of curves.
He tells jokes / he laughs a lot.
The water of the river is scrambled.
Narrowing / escarpmen.
Exiting water / where the water exits.
Bosom. (Refers to the capes on either side of the mouth of the Saguenay River, where the whales come to feed.)
The forest ogre (giant cannibal).
We thank the Mashteuiatsh Society of History and Archeology for their invaluable assistance in writing this article.