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December 5, 2010

Oconostota, the Warrior of Chota

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NATIVE NAME: Aganstata

ENGLISH NAME: James BEAVER Jr

ALTERNATE NAMES: Oconostota, Oconastota Moytoy, Cunne Shote, Warrior of Chota, Stalking Turkey (a name which causes confusion with his uncle Kanagatucko, who was known as “Standing Turkey”), Groundhog Sausage

ALTERNATE SPELLINGS: Oconastota, Oconostata, Oganatoga, Shote is a variant of Chote or Choat or Choate, Cumnacatogue

MEANING OF NAMES:

  • Aganstata was translated as Groundhog Sausage, from “agana” = groundhog, and “tsistau” = “I am pounding it” as in pounding meat in a mortar.
  • Cunne Shote may be the English mispronunciation of the Cherokee words for Stalking Turkey.

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