Why Are Elk Called Wapiti?

Wapiti = White Rump!

Why are elk called Wapiti? Once you understand the definition of Wapiti, this picture is all the explanation you will need to figure the rest out. Wapiti is a Shawnee word meaning “white rump” and as you can tell from the above pic, they definitely have a white rump.

Have you ever seen a nicer rump than this? :-)