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Language update: March 2020

By Justin Neely, Director of the CPN Language Department

Bozho
(Hello),

We recently wrapped up another successful Winter Storytelling event. This was our seventh such event. If you missed it this year, make sure to try and catch it next February. We usually host it in February since we have certain stories that can only be told in the winter, particularly stories involving Wiske or Nanabozho, the Trickster. We also just wrapped up our second public domain movie, Gulliver’s Travels, the 1939 cartoon version. We also started working on our children’s show, Mtek Wigwam. We do them with puppets, and we have a great crew in the language department who know how to have a good time and are a joy to work with.

Our men’s drum group Sengo Zibiwes — Squirrel Creek Singers — sang for a special hand game event held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on Feb. 14. This was our second chance to play. We also did the Flag and Veterans Song for the Oklahoma Indian Education Conference at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in December. Also, if you haven’t checked out our new online dictionary, take a look at potawatomidictionary.com. We add words, audio and example sentences daily. Right now, there are sound files for about 60 percent of the 9,500 words.

Migwetch Jayék
(Thanks everyone).