mShkwapkos – Penny

mShkwapkos is a small copper, a unit of currency from the fur trading days, but copper was well known to the Potawatomi long before European contact.  Potawatomi people knew how to extract copper and beat it into jewelry, utensils, dishes, and many other useful items.

Nyanno mshkwapkosen éngedék i wawen – That egg costs 5 cents

Nishwabtek mshkwapkosen éngedéwat ni mnejimnen – Those peas cost 20 cents

Nyéwabtek mshkwapkosen éngezwat gi penik – Those potatoes cost 40 cents

Shwatso mtene mshkwapkosen éngedék i nebyégen – That pen costs 80 cents

Nyéwo mekwi mine nishwabtek mshkwapkosen éngedék i nonagnabo – That milk costs $4.20.


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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