Praying with fire/to fire spirit

  With Fire

Ahau, nge kwe gagiget

Okay, I shall speak for a moment

Semau ode mbegdenamen

This tobacco we put down

Nde bgednemwamen o Mamogosnan

We put down for the Creator

Ode je ge ginan

As for us

Nedwenamen ewi msenmoyak

We desire to be blessed with

I mno bmadsewen

A Good Life

Wa je wisniyak

Ability to get food

Mine wa biskemyak

And clothing

Wa je biskonye’ayak

That we may be able to provide clothing

Mine wa je shemayak

And that we’ll be able to feed

Gi nijansesnanek

Our children

Mine ge winwa ge msendagwzik

And also let them be blessed

Mbwakawzewen nigan wje igwan

With intelligence ahead into the future

Mine nosemesnanek

And our grandchildren

Mine gode kekyajek

And the Elders

Ge winwa ge mnoshewebsewek

That they will be okay

Ebwa gwdektowat shna

And won’t have hard times

Mine ode Shkwedensi

And this Fire Spirit

Ge msenmo node semau mine ode wisnewen

Which will bless this food and tobacco

Ahau iw ode

This is what

Eshe nodjgesegwa

We ask for these

Bemadsejek

People

Iw…

That is all…

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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