Red Wing Black Bird and the Chagum Link


Narragansett Dawn Vol 2 No 1 May 1936
Pg 12: Totems
The left wing of a red wing blackbird is the historians totem which means her mission is to wing a burning message to all ears which harken for the uplift of her race.
 
Why The Blackbird Has Red Wings
One day an Indian became so angry with everyone that he set the sea marshes on fire because he wanted to burn up the world. A little blackbird saw it. He flew up into a tree and shouted Ku nam wi cu! Ku nam wi cu! The world and all is going to burn.” The man said “If you do not go away, I will kill you.” But the bird only kept shouting “Ku nam wi cu! The world and all is going to burn.” Then the Indian threw a shell and hit the little bird on the wings, making them bleed. That is how the red-winged blackbird came by its red wings. Now when people saw the marshes burning, they quickly ran down and killed game which had been driven from it by the fire. Then they said to the angry man, “Because you put fire in those tall weeds, the deer and bear and other animals have been driven out and we have killed them. You have aided us by burning them.” Nowadays when the red-winged blackbird comes around the house, he still shouts “Ku nam wi cu, so they say.  Pasted from <http://www.native-languages.org/chitimachastory2.htm>
Native American Pet Names
CHOGAN: Algonquin name meaning ” blackbird.”
Pasted from <http://www.pet-net.net/pet-names/native-american-names.html>
Male Native American Names
CHOGAN: Algonquin name meaning ” blackbird.”
Pasted from <http://www.20000-names.com/male_native_american_names.htm>
American Indian Place Names In Rhode Island:  Past & Present
Chagum: Pond, Newport County – A black bird [bobolink? Red winged – blackbird?]
Pasted from <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/IndianPlaceNames2.html
Red Wing Black Bird by Allan Madhabee 2014

Red Wing Black Bird: by Allan Madhabee 2014

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