A simple prayer

One person’s idea of a prayer which can be learned rather quickly.

Mine ngot ode Madmowen

Hau Mesho

Oh Grandfather

Mine gode Meshomsenanek

And these Grandfathers of ours

Mine Nokmeskignan

And our Grandmother Earth

Mine Gosnan jak gego ga gish tot

And our Father/Creator He who made everything

Ewip setwiyak

Listen to us

Ematmoyak enotmen

Prayers hear them from us

Ewi step miyak/wi jew yak

Go along with us

Ni zhok mo wiyak

Help us

Jayek shna ewi ni zhok ma goygo

All of us need help

Mno bmatsewen endoj geygo

A good life we ask for

Endot moygo gosnan mine nig an zi men

We are asking our Father and His helpers

Mishkwezwen, mnobmadsewen, mnowidoktadwen ewi ndoj geygo

Strength of purpose, a good life, good community interaction, we are asking for

Gwi doda men, mnobmadsewen, mishkwezwen ewi noy go nigan ji igwan

A good feeling, a good life, strength of purpose give us up ahead

Mine nizhok moshen

And help me

Gwi matmo towamen ________________________________

We are going to pray for (person prayed for)

Ewi mish kwezet

So h/s will be strong

Ewi mnobmadset

And will have a good life

Gwi mina egazge bmadsewen

Give a long life/or eternal life

Gwi mina ode sema nan o Gosnan

Going to give tobacco to our Father

Nde penmomen ode sema ewi ni zhok magoygo

Depend on we this tobacco to help us

Nde penmomen ode Neshnabewen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Depend on we this Indian Way to help us

Nde penmomen ode matmowen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Depend on we this prayer to help us

Nde penmomen ode mdodowen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Depend on we this sweat lodge to help us

I gwien jak gego etoyak

Thank you everything we have

Nde chiwenmomen jak gego etoyak

We are happy for all that we have

Igwien ode gmowen

Thank you for this rain

Nedwen damen ode pwagen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we this pipe to help us

Nedwen damen ode gemwen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we this song to help us

Nedwen damen gode gemwenen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we these songs to help us

Nedwen damen ode shkwede ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we this fire to help us

Nedwen damen ode migwen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we this feather to help us

Nedwen damen ode dewegen ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we this drum to help us

Nedwen damen jak gego egi mingoyak ewi ni zhok magoygo

Want we everything we’ve been given to help us

I ye i enajdoyak ngom ewi mno zheweb ziyak pene

That is what we ask today that we may always do good

Shna epamseyak ode myewen egi mingoyak ebmadziyak shote se otaki

As we walk this road we’ve been given while we live in this world

Iw enajmoyan se odo pi

That is what I have to say at this time

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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