Elder Napos discusses the origin of Wisconsin’s name
Ever wonder how Wisconsin got its name? So did Josie Dunn, a student at Mineral Point Elementary School. Turns out, it is not a simple question to answer. The name Wisconsin comes from the Algonquian language family spoken by tribes such as the Menominee, but the pronunciation is not the same today. A UW-Green Bay Elder in Residence and member of Menominee tribe, Napos Turney, says he was told it comes from the Menominee word “Wēskōhsaeh.” The word translates to something like “a good place to camp” or “to basically live.” See more from WPR.