Wiyas – Meat

Wiyas is usually inanimate, because it implies that a piece of meat has been cut from an inanimate animal.  When using wiyas with the animal it came from, the animal becomes inanimate.

Wiyasen – Meats/Pieces of meat

Gokosh wiyas – Pork/pig meat

I gokosh wiyas – that pork/ham/bacon

Ni gokosh wiyasen – those pieces of pork/ham/bacon

Mishen i gokosh wiyas – Hand me that pork

Byédweshen ni gokosh wiyasen – Bring me those pieces of pork

*note – gokosh wiyas is a general word, there are more specific words for ham, bacon, ribs, etc.

Author: neaseno

I was born on Powers Bluff in Wood County, Wisconsin, into a traditional community of Neshnabek. I was raised speaking only native languages, and learned to speak English upon entering school at the age of 6. As of this writing, I am one of 5 remaining Heritage Fluent Speakers of Potawatomi.

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