Mekwi – Dollar

Mekwi is a term for a dollar, but its use comes from the fur trading days.  A Mekwi is a Beaver Pelt.

Ngot mekwi éngedék i wishkbabo – That soda costs one dollar

Mdatso mekwi éngedéwat ni gokbenagnen – Those baskets cost ten dollars

Aptomekwi éngedék i shkemot – That bag costs 50 cents (half dollar)

Nishwabtek mekwi éngedék i biskewagen – That shirt costs twenty dollars

Ngotwak mekwi éngedék i zenba biskewagen – That ribbon shirt costs 100 dollars

Ngotwak shech nyannomtene mekwi éngedék i waboyan – That blanket costs 150 dollars

Gégo dapneken é’i nmekwi’em – Don’t pick up my money over there!

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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