The busy summer for the CPN Language Department includes launching the new online Potawatomi dictionary, hiring an employee, starting a 10-week class, creating a men’s powwow drumming group, teaching the Potawatomi Leadership Program students and more.
Though the vast majority of Citizen Potawatomi may not know more than a few words and feel overwhelmed by the challenge of learning, CPN Language Department Director Neely’s experiences provide guidance.
This episode features a man whose primary language is Potawatomi and taught Citizen Potawatomi Nation members it since the 1970s. There is also a visit to a tattoo shop owned by a Tribal member and the CPN Community Garden for summer berry picking.
As the last heritage fluent Potawatomi speaker for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Don Perrot began helping Citizen Potawatomi Nation members learn the language in the mid-1970s. He was raised in a traditional community in Wisconsin and always wanted to pass on the oral traditions of Potawatomi culture.