Ahau nasena biskonyek wi ksenya gaga

Biskonyé –                                           To get dressed

Giskonyé –                                           To get undressed

Askonyé –                                            To change clothing

Nde biskonyé                                       I am getting dressed

Nwi biskonyé                                       I will get dressed

Nda biskonyé                                       I should get dressed

Nge biskonyé                                       I am about to get dressed

Ngi biskonyé                                        I got dressed

Nwi giwé éwi askonyéyan                     I will go home and change clothes

Ngi giwé égi askonyéyan                      I went home to change clothes

Gi giwé o égi askonyét                          H/s went home to change clothes

Ngi giskonyé                                        I undressed

Ngi giskonyémen                                 We (not you) undressed

Ggi giskonyémen                                 We (and you) undressed

Gi giskonyé                                          H/s undressed

Ggi giskonyé                                        You undressed

Ggi giskonyém                                     Y’all undressed

Ggi gisknoyék                                      They undressed

Nwi bisken ode biskewagen                  I will put on this shirt

Nwi gisken ode biskewagen                  I will take off this shirt

Bisken i biskewagen                             Put on that shirt

Gisken i biskewagen                             Take off that shirt

Askon i biskewagen                              Change that shirt

Biskewagen/Biskewagnen                     Shirt/shirts

Biskewagas                                          Small shirt/blouse

Gokmedas/Gokmedasen            Sock/socks  

Zhabwegokmedasen                             sheer stockings

Mkesen/Mkesnen                                 Shoe/Shoes

Bitokniyan                                           Underwear

Gbedi/Gbediyen                                   Pants

Gishkgbedisen                          Shorts

Gishkgnegwéwiyan                              Vest                 Gishkgnegwéwiyanen – pl.

Mjegodé                                               Dress

Moshwé/Moshwénen                            Shawl/Shawls

Moshwék                                             Shawls – animate while dancing

Biskemwenen                                       Clothing

Bbegoyan                                            Cloth

Babkoyan                                            Cloth

Waboyan                                             Blanket

Mjedasen/Mjedasnen                Leggings/Tights

Azyan                                                  Breechcloth/Diaper

Wiwkwan                                            Cap

Déswiwkwan                                       Hat

Wiwkwébsowen                                   Headscarf

Nabkowaken                                        Necklace (could also be scarf)

Nabshebzowas/nabshebzowasen Earring/Earrings

Tepnéwé’en                                         Ring

Dbenjiwen                                           Ring

Kejibsowen                                          Belt

Génwégi                                              Long Coat

Mejkawen/Mejkawnen              Mittens

Nanisigneji/Nanisignejik                       Gloves

Agem/Agmen                                       Snowshoes

Agmek                                                 Snowshoes – animate when used

Tkenagen                                             Cradleboard

Tkwenagen                                          Shoulder yoke

Shkemot                                              Purse/Bag

Prefixes…       

Mskwa biskewagen                              Red shirt

Mkedé biskewagen                              Black shirt

Wizaw biskewagen                              Yellow shirt

Skebgya biskewagen                Green shirt

Wejabkwa biskewagen            Blue shirt

Wejepkwaték biskewagen                    Purple shirt

Wab biskewagen/Wabshkya biskewagen                      White shirt

Wezamskwewa biskewagen     Orange shirt

Jak nadé biskewagen               All colored shirt

Mané nadénon biskewagen                  Many colored shirt

Zhabwa biskewagen                            See-thru shirt

Zenba biskewagen                               Ribbon shirt

Win age biskewagen                Dirty shirt

Bin age biskewagen                 Clean shirt

Wshkew biskewagen                New shirt

Ni pi je ndo biskemwenen?                   Where are my clothes?

Taswenek éwi mkanayan ndo biskemwenen       I will find my clothes in the closet

Nwi bisken ndo wshkew mjegodé                      I will put on my new dress

Nde ton ndo nabkowaken                                  I have my necklace (could also be scarf)

Cho nde tosin ndo génwégi                   I don’t have my long coat

Nde tonen ndo mjedasnen                                 I have my leggings

Cho nde tosinen ndo mkesnen               I don’t have my shoes

Nwi bisken ndo wizawbiskewagen                    I will put on my yellow shirt

Nwi gisken ndo winagze biskewagen     I will take off my dirty shirt

Nwi bisken ndo kejibsowen                   I will put on my belt

Ngi bisken ndo kejibsowen                               I put on my belt

Ngi gisknen ndo mkedéwmkesnen         I took off my black shoes

Nde askon ndo gbediyen                                   I am changing my pants

Nde askonen ndo gokmedasen                           I am changing my socks

Biskemok ni gbiskewagnewan                           Put on your coats (plural)

Giskemok ni gbiskewagnewan                          Take off your coats (plural)

Biskew gi nanisignejik                                      Put on your gloves (plural an.)

Giskew gi nanisignejik                                      Take off your gloves (plural an.)

Bijdasén                                   Put on your socks!  (sing.)

Bijdasék                                   Put on your socks!   (pl.)

Gichdasén                                Take off your socks!  (sing.)

Gichdasék                                Take off your socks!   (pl.)

Bidkesnén                                Put on your shoes!  (sing.)

Bidkesnék                                Put on your shoes!   (pl.)

Gitkesnén                                Take off your shoes!   (sing.)

Gitkesnék                                Take off your shoes!   (pl.)

Yabje bidkesnén                       Hurry and put on your shoes! (S.)

Yabje bidkesnék                       Hurry and put on your shoes! (pl.)

Askonyén                                Change your clothes!   (sing.)

Askonyék                                Change your clothes!   (pl.)

Gizhokwneyén                         Dress warm!     (sing.)

Gizhokwneyék                         Dress warm!    (pl.)

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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