The Aruwimi River

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  1. Hal Pollner

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    Africa's Aruwimi River is a tributary of the Congo River.

    When English explorer Stanley discovered it, he asked a group of natives what the river was called, and not understanding English, they replied "Aruwimi", which means "What is this fellow saying?" in their own tongue.

    So lets go rafting on the "What Is This Fellow Saying" River!

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    MISSISSIPPI
    "The name is believed to be a combination of two Indian words, although experts aren't sure which ones. It may have been the Ottawa mici ("great") and zibi ("river"), or the Algonquin misi ("father") and sipi ("water").

    "What is certain is that in 1666 French explorers in the Great Lakes region recorded it as Messippi. As they traveled south, that name supplanted all of the other names in use. In 1798 the U.S. Congress officially named the new territory after the Algonquin version, "Mississippi."

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    The native Indians of the region called it "The Father Of Waters".
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