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Which of the Great Lakes was known to Native Americans as Gitchee Gumee?
from John in Providence, Rhode Island, Age 10

Lake Superior was given the name Kitchi-gummi (or Gitchee Gumee) by the Chippewa, also known as Ojibwe, Indians that made their home on the lands surrounding the lake. The term means Great-water or Great-lake. To learn more about how the other Great Lakes got their names, visit the TEACH module What's in a Name?

See also: Native Peoples of the Great Lakes Region.

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Answered on April 23, 2001

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