Some words for today

Édebwétagwziyék jayék ézhechkéyék ngom énedwéndeman!

Some words for this uncertain time.

Gégo zam nibweken béshoch! Don’t stand too close!

Gbakwnen I gdon. Cover your mouth.

Gbakwnen I gdon épich jachamyen. Cover your mouth when you sneeze.

Zam manek bmadzejek ibe. There are too many people over there.

Mteno nish wak bmadzejek bidek dawéwgemgok. Only 200 people in the store.

Doskwen mteno- Elbow only.

Gzibinenjén- Wash your hands!

Gshatgén! Stay home (telling one person)

Gshatgék! You all stay home. ( telling more than one person)

Gégo dagneshiken- Don’t touch me.

Gégo dagnakén o kékyat. Don’t touch that elder.

Nasena ézhechkéyen. Be careful what you are doing.

Nasena gishpen Gde-zhya odanek. Be careful if you are going to town.

Ni pi je ézhyayen? Where are you going?

Cho nde-zhyasi ngoji. I am not going anywhere.

Gde-mishatso- You are dressed up fancy.

Konegé, Wisnedawéwgemgok nde-zhyamen. Yes we are going to the grocery store.

Égme gishek gda-bgedna o séma mine madmoyen. Every day you should put down some tobacco and pray.

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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