Simple prayer words

Iw enaj mo yan!                                 That is all I have to say.  Iw sega nomgek!                                Ending a prayer/Amen.

Kob je ge waj gen!                             To end a prayer/to end S.T.

Ahau, e Kob je ge waj ge yak! Ok, Let’s tie things up!

Ok, Let’s end things!

Ok, Let’s wrap things up!

Ke bon ye wi men                               Let’s Quit!

Kesh Kwata men                                Let’s Stop! (Ceremonial use)

Kweb ye wi men                                Let’s get started

Kwe web ta men                                Another one.

Etso nangot oy go                               Each and everyone of us

Jagé na gomgé                                   Each and everyone of us

Nozhoyen etso nangotoygo!               Bless each and everyone of us!

Jage nag onan –                                  All of my relations!  

Gdenwe magnek

Gdenwe magnenanek

Gdenwe magnedok—-                       All of my relatives!  All inclusive statement: Includes the Two leggeds, The Four leggeds, The Creeping Crawling  Things, The Winged Nation, The Fire, The Rock, The Water, and the Green.  This also takes into account the past, present, and future on all these things.

Gagiget                                                 to talk-to say a prayer

Shkwede                                               Fire

Shkwedensi                                          Fire Spirit

Jak gego ga gishtot                              He/She made everything

Nibok                                                   stand up/plural

Kawtagnagjegen                                to make a circle/describes a  dance

Kawtagnajegemen                    let’s make a circle and dance

E’pe                                                  and/or/either

Ewseganomgek                                  ending a prayer

Wemtegoshi                                       French

Kchemokman                                    American

Shagnash                                           British/Canadian

Niokade                                             my namesake

Nenwitok                                           my fellow man(en)

Kwetok                                             my fellow woman(en)

Kobjegewat                              they are closing the circle

Kobjegeyak                              we are closing this circle/end the doings

Gwi kobjegemen                                we will end this thing

Kobjegewajgen                                  to end a prayer or something

Shgetagen                                          punk wood/used to start fires with

Sketagen                                            sometimes spelled this way

Jignek                                                kneeling down

Mezodan                                            parent

Mezodanek                                        our parents

Mezodanek                                        family

Dodanek                                            another family

Jagenagomge                                     each and everyone of us

Jagenagonan                                      all of our relatives

Wdenwemagnedok                             all of our relatives/spiritual term

Bgosenjegewen                                  hope for/wish for

Ode eshe bgosenmegomen                 This is what we hope/ask for from you

Ode eshe bgosenmegoygo                  This is what we hope/ask for

Ode gde she bgosenmego                   This is what you are being asked of/for

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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