With the start of festival, attendees are encouraged to try and use some Potawatomi words while visiting the various activities taking place this weekend. Below are some basic phrases and responses, and the Potawatomi dictionary can be found online here. Potawatomi words spelled out in English like below don’t require any accent, just read the word slowly at first and then speed up your pronunciation as you feel comfortable.
It is a little daunting at first, but as Potawatomi it is up to us to continue the tradition of our spoken language.
In order to get a little more interest going, the Language Department has put together a scavenger hunt using Potawatomi words. The first clue is in each bag Festival attendees get when they arrive and sign in at the Registration location. The first clue will lead you to a location where another clue awaits you. Again, check out the Potawatomi dictionary we provide online here, or check out a dictionary we have provided at the Library in the Cultural Heritage Center.
As for incentive, there is the opportunity to learn about your heritage. And $50, $75 and $100 gift cards and other items from the FireLake Gift Shop inside the CPN Cultural Heritage Center.
Hello, how are you? – Ni je na, gin?
What is your name? – Gdezhnekas né?
Nice to meet you. – Ahau
Where are you from? – Ni je pi wech bya?
What family are you from? – Wég wni je gde-mezodanem?
Where is the pow-wow ground? – Ni je pi e-zhe nimédi kik?
Where are the restrooms? – Ni je pi nodé e-zhe zagmowgemekenek?
Where are tribal roles? – Ni je pi e-zhe dbendagwezéwgemek?
Where is the court? – Ni je pi e-zhe dbakwnegéwgemek?