Nouns–body parts

NOUNS

Mko/mkwa                                                       bear

Mek                                                                 beaver

Beneshi                                                            bird

Bkoj bsheke                                                     buffalo

Meme’ge’                                                        butterfly

Gazho/mayos                                                  cat

Bidi/keakwa                                                     chicken

Kwekwse’                                                        chipmunk

Bsheke                                                             cow

Jejauk                                                              crane

Andekshkwe’                                                   crow

Seksi/wawashkeshi                                          deer

Nemosh                                                           dog

Shishib/shishibe’                                              duck

Kno/mge’shwash                                             eagle

Migwen                                                           feather

Gigo                                                                fish

Mekchako                                                        frog

Mshike                                                             turtle

Be’skesi                                                           goose

Piskeno                                                            hawk

Negdosha/beshgogshi                                     horse

Kokoko                                                            owl

Kokosh                                                            pig

Wabos                                                             rabbit

Mshewe’                                                          cotton tail rabbit

Mantanish                                                       sheep

Moto                                                                goat

Mneto                                                              snake

Bne’/mseze’                                                     turkey

Moewe’                                                           wolf

Sen                                                                  rock

Wigwam                                                          house

Dabyan                                                           car

Tetbese’                                                           wheel

Bkweshgen                                                      bread      

Ziwtagen                                                         salt

Waskek                                                            pepper

Dopwen                                                           table

Taswen                                                            closet

Wasechgen                                                      window

Waboyan                                                         blanket

Body Parts

Nio                                                                  body

Jibe’                                                                deceased body as it lies in state

Shkizhek                                                          eye

Shkizhgwen                                                     eyes

Ojash                                                               nose

Don                                                                 mouth

Damken                                                           chin

Donesen                                                          lip

Donesnen                                                        lips

Ze’knenwagen/ze’knenwagnen                       tongue/tongues

Nowey                                                             cheek

Noweyen                                                         cheeks

Mamawey                                                        eyebrow/eyelash

Mamaweyek                                                    eyebrows/eyelashes

Dewek                                                             ear

Dewgen                                                           ears

Wine’dep                                                         brain

Wine’ndep                                                       brains

Kwegen                                                           neck

Godagen                                                         throat

Dep                                                                 head

Tape/tapik                                                       back of head/with locative ending

Getek                                                               forehead

Winses/winsese’n                                             his/her hair

Nibet/nibde’n                                                   tooth/teeth

Denmagen/denmagnen                                   shoulder/shoulders

Bemdakey/bemdaken                                      collarbone

Bemdakyen/bemdaknen                                  collarbones

Nek/neken                                                        arm/arms

Chewe’wek/chewe’wgwen                              upper arm/upper arms

Nekake’s/nekake’sen                                       wrist/wrists

E’bozwnekayan/e’bozwnekayanen                  armpit/armpits

Doskwen/doskwenen                                       elbow/elbows

Tes                                                                   bellybutton

Meset                                                               belly

Negesh/negzhe’n                                             gut/intestine/guts/intestines

Mishmot                                                          stomach

Nej/nije’n                                                         hand/hands

Neje’s/neje’sen                                                finger/fingers

Gechnej/gechneje’n                                         thumb/thumbs

Shkezh/shkezhe’n                                             toenail/toenails/finger nail/finger nails

Pekwen                                                            back

Detgagwen                                                      backbone/spine

Kat/kade’n                                                       leg/legs

Nan/nane’n                                                     calf/calves

Bwam/bwame’n                                              thigh/upper leg/thighs/upper legs

Pege’gen/pege’nen                                          rib/ribs

Kaki                                                                 chest

Jik/jigwen                                                        knee/knees

Ebozwkadat/ebozwkade’n                               hollow of knee/hollows of knees

Doden/dodnen                                                 heel/heels

Zet/zeden                                                         feet/foot

Begwkenagen/begwkenagnen                         ankle/ankles

Bidzetwkenagen/bidzetwkenagnen                  instep/insteps

Zede’s/zede’sen                                               toe/toes

Ken/kene’n                                                      bone/bones

De’                                                                  heart

Bipiswde’bipiswde’en                                     lung/lungs (spongy heart)

Kon                                                                 liver

Donkoswey/donkosweyek                                kidney/kidneys

Mskwim                                                           blood

Wati/watinen                                                   blood clot/blood clots

Doskwe’yap/doskwe’yabye’n                          artery or vein/arteries or veins

Nishk/nishkok                                                  gland/glands (lymph node)

Jit                                                                    anus

Keden                                                              vagina

Penoje’shkemot                                               uterus

E’jekwe’wet                                                     female parts

Neshwey/neshweyek                                        testicle/testicles

Pjagwen                                                          penis

E’jneniwet                                                       male parts

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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