Did the Native Americans have a name for their land before it was called America?
What Did Native Americans Call America?
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There are hundreds of recognized native tribes in the North American continent and from those tribes would come hundreds of languages, so we can’t say they all called their land one thing.
That said, some Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States use the name Turtle Island to refer to North America or the Earth in general.
Turtle Island came from the common North American Indigenous creation story. In the story, the Earth was flooded, and the surviving animals swam deep beneath the water to bring back dirt to create land. The muskrat succeeded, and they were able to place soil on a turtle’s back. That soil multiplied and got bigger, and so did the turtle – and those became the vast land on Earth.