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Bode'wadmi - Potawatomi Language

Spoken by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (Shi-shi-ban-i-yuk)
Thanks to Jeremy Finch of the Citizen Potawatomi Language, and Susan Campbell for helping me with this language.

Bozho Mskwakik!

[ˈboʒo mskwakik]          (BO-zho m-skwah-keek!)

  • bozho – hello
  • Mskwakik – Oklahoma
    • mskwa/me'skwak – red
    • kik – earth or ground
Note: The greeting "bozho" is usually used when shaking hands. Other greetings are "haw" and "ahaw".


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Online Potawatomi Dictionaries


PInI pe'mswe'we'pne'ke't e'nmamacit e'wuswe'we'pne'ke't. IcI win kaswe'we'pnuk, anIt, minkanIn kipkIsnInI cik mie'wuk, icI pIne' shiuk e'kipie'micwat. AnIt kipkIsnInI sInkukik, kwe'ckacI pwamane'k ne'kwukI ke'iapIcI, kie'nup kipie'sakwe'ton osam cokwIc kimane'snon ne'kwukI. IcI kisIs kapie'mokuk e'ki-kishakite'k osam co kiw oke'pkiwse'non, icI kaocInpikwe'te'k. AnIt kI kipukse'non cI cukInIkaoshukik, icI kiw cukInIkaoshisuk e'pie'sakwe'wat ikikpopie'mkIshkanawa cI. NiiwcIie'k, anIt kipukse'non, e'cIwunuk kI kipie'tomkIt micum, anIt nkotwak tso wusimI, ipi anIt nkotwatsomtInI wusimI, ipi anIt nswapituk wusimI.

Mnaocimowun Kaonupie'uk-o Me'to, 13:3-8

Behold, the sower went forth to sow; and as he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them: and others fell upon the rocky places, where they had not much earth: and straightway they sprang up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And others fell upon the thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked them: and others fell upon the good ground, and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The Gospel According to Matthew, 13:3-8

Source: "MNAOCIMOWUN KAONUPIE'UK-O ME'TO." Internet: <http://www.kansasheritage.org/PBP/books/lykins/matt.html> October 15, 2006.

Potawatomi Alphabet

a b c d e e' g h
[a] [b~p] [ʧ~ʧː] [d~t] [ɛ~ə] [æ~ɛ] [g~k] [h]
i I j k m n o p
[i] [ɪ] [ʤ] [kʰ~kːʰ] [m] [n] [o] [pʰ~pːʰ]
s sh t u w y z zh
[s~sː] [ʃ~ʃː] [tʰ~tːʰ] [ʊ~ʌ] [w] [j] [z] [ʒ]


aw ay ew ey iw ow
[aw] [aj] [ew] [ej] [iw] [ow]

Other symbols

: '
[ː] [ʔ]

  • "Orthography Rationale." Internet: <http://www.kansasheritage.org/PBP/talk/orthography.html> 2003.
  • "Potawatomi Pronunciation and Spelling Guide." Internet: <http://www.native-languages.org/potawatomi_guide.htm> October 15, 2006.
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