Gishtegwa – Cut down something animate

Nwi gishtegwa o wisgak – I will cut down a black ash tree

Ngi gishtegwa o wigwasatek – I cut down the white birch tree

Nwi gishtegwa o senamesh – I will cut down that maple tree

Nwi gishtegwa o tegmesh – I will cut down that oak tree


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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