Cultural Teachings

 

origins

ORIGINS 

medicine wheel

MEDICINE WHEEL
TEACHINGS 

nishnabe

NESHNABE & BODEWADMI
MEANINGS 

7grandfathers

SEVEN GRANDFATHERS
TEACHINGS 

animal stories

ANIMAL STORIES
 

 How to bead

LEARN HOW TO BEAD

 black ash baskets

BLACK ASH BASKETS

 eagles

IMPORTANCE OF
THE EAGLE

 cosmology

POTAWATOMI
COSMOLOGY

 gifting people

GIFTING PEOPLE

 seven fires prophecy

SEVEN FIRES PROPHECY

 tobacco

WHY TOBACCO
IS IMPORTANT

 fur trade

FUR TRADE

 indian time

INDIAN TIME

 traditional games

TRADITIONAL GAMES

 regalia

REGALIA

 medicine

FOUR MAIN MEDICINES

 hymnals

POTAWATOMI HYMNALS

 modern music

MODERN MUSIC

 art

POTAWATOMI ART

 pegna

COOKING PENGA

 boarding schools

BOARDING SCHOOLS

 hand drumming

HAND DRUMMING

 fishing

FISHING

 traditional stories

TRADITIONAL STORIES

 hanging with kids

HANGING WITH KIDS

 folklore

POTAWATOMI FOLKLORE

 cooking

COOKING

 taboos

TABOOS

 seasonal

SEASONAL ACTIVITIES

We encourage the use the Potawatomi language whenever possible.
Below are some resources for learning, teaching and speaking the Potawatomi language.

Spiritual

The Language Department hopes this section will be an area were tribal members can learn a little about some of our traditional ceremonies as well as access some of the many scriptural pieces which have been written in Potawatomi. We hope to add the ten commandments, and other scriptural pieces as time allows.

Also we will hopefully be including some in the future about some of our traditional ceremonies such as naming, sweat lodge etc as culturally appropriate.

Wisdom

These are a series of old tapes done with an unknown speaker in perhaps the 1970's or early 1980's. This elder is giving his thoughts about various topics. Each tape was 15 minute on each side. He would talk for a couple moments in English then say the entire thing in Potawatomi.