The official start of summer — niben (time of plenty) — begins Tuesday, June 21. Before the invention of grocery stores, it was a key time to harvest and procure food as well as celebrate. During niben, Potawatomi continue age-old traditions of the season that strengthen cultural and personal connections.
Nishnabé referred to June as the Dé’men Gises (Strawberry Moon). Potawatomi hold strawberries in high regard, and Bodéwadmimwen (Potawatomi language) expresses it. Dé’men translates to “heart berry.” Strawberries also contribute to heart health, studies show.
Summer is the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Eagle Aviary’s busiest season. It includes the Family Reunion Festival, the Potawatomi Leadership Program, summer camp tours as well as eagle feather molting. The heat and severe weather also require staff to take extra precautions.
Along with the rise in temperature comes a rise in domestic violence cases for shelter advocates and hotlines.
Submitted by Justin Neely, CPN Language Department Another successful Family Reunion Festival is in the bag. We had a great turnout for our language classes, and Potawatomi bingo was a huge success with over 100 people playing each session. We also taught an immersion class and children’s class, which were well received. Another highlight each Read More »
Submitted by Crystal Marcum, CPN Health Services public health nurse Beat the heat and sun • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. It is important to stay hydrated and drink more water than usual when it is hot. • Infants and children up to 4 years old are at the greatest risk Read More »
The Potawatomi Leadership Program is an opportunity for young tribal members from around the country to take part in a six-week long educational program in Shawnee, Okla. The program strives to give interns an accurate perception of CPN as a whole and cultivate talent from within to ensure that younger generations are prepared for a Read More »
The cold is gone and the heat will soon be on. With spring and summer coming, many people are asking themselves, “What am I going to do, grill or smoke?” As one of the main organizers for the FireLake BBQ Cook-off, even I always have a hard time deciding, as I like both. Whatever Read More »
A nice snack can come in handy if you’re on a hike, at the ball fields, or relaxing at your house during the long days of summer. Whether you’re an adult, kid, or elder, a small amount of food can mean a lot in regards to your health. Although an over-processed candy bar may Read More »