Mno gishget Jesos ga nigit mine mno weponget.(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the CPN Language Department).

As always, it gets kind of busy around the holidays. Our new online ‘Beginner I’ self-paced language course met with great success. So far we have had over 245 students join and have had our first student to complete the course.

Gdo wiges! Good job Beverly Barnhill!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the course it’s at The course is free of cost and open to all students with a desire to learn our language. The course is designed with PowerPoint lessons which have been converted into videos, games such as interactive crossword puzzles, silly spoofs such as famous movie scenes, quizzes and tests, as well as cultural teachings. We focus on topics such as the importance of the eagle, Potawatomi cosmology, the Seven Grandfather Teaching and the Seven Fires Prophecy.

We recently converted most of our videos to streaming video which should speed the connectivity, especially for our mobile users. The course is designed so that you have to go in order, but has no start time and can be done at your own pace. By the time this article comes out we will have opened up ‘Beginner II’ which will be available once a student completes ‘Beginner I.’ We are also working on a kids course which we think the little ones will really enjoy. We hope to make this available after the first of the year.

We also worked with the youth in the child development center to do some Christmas songs for their annual Christmas program. This year we are doing Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The link for that video is here:

Have a safe and Merry Holiday from the the Citizen Potawatomi Language Department.