On buildings


Here are some common buildings, with their plural and locative forms…

Building                                              Plural                                      Locative

Dawéwgemek (store)                       Dawéwgemgwén                   Dawéwgemgok

Okyangemek (barn)                          Okyangemgwén                    Okyangemgok

Negdoshawgemek (horse barn)      Negdoshawgemgwén           Negdoshawgemgok

Tasogemek (shed)                             Tasogemgwén                       Tasogemgok

Dabyangemek (garage)                    Dabyangemgwén                  Dabyangemgok

Dabyankéwgemek (auto shop)        Dabyankéwgemgwén           Dabyankéwgemgok

Mshenkiwgemek (jail)                      Mshenkiwgemgwén             Mshenkiwgemgok

Tadiwgemek (casino)                        Tadiwgemgwén                     Tadiwgemgok

Kigdowgemek (hall for speaking)    Kigdowgemgwén                  Kigdowgemgok

Skonogemek (school)                       Skonogemgwén                    Skonogemgok

Zhonyawgemek (bank)                     Zhonyawgemgwén                Zhonyawgemgok

Ogemawgemek (admin office)        Ogemawgemgwén                Ogemawgemgok

Mshkekiwgemek (hospital, clinic)   Mshkekiwgemgwén              Mshkekiwgemgok

Wisnewgemek (restaurant)             Wisnewgemgwén                  Wisnewgemgok

Noun Locatives  

In Potawatomi, you can take a noun and turn it into a “locative.”  The meaning of the “locative” form is usually “at the ____”, “on the ___”, or “by the _____”.  There are other words that give specific locations.

Noun                                                   Locative

Dopwen (table)                                 Dopwenek

Wawabmowen (mirror)                    Wawabmonek

Mbagen (bed)                                    Mbagnek

Wigwam (house)                               Wigwamek

Dabyan (car)                                      Dabyanek

Waséjgen (window)                          Waséjgenek

Taswen (closet or cabinet)               Taswenek

Shkemot (bag)                                   Shkemotek

Gokbenagen (basket)                       Gokbenagnek

Shkwadém (door)                             Shkwadémek

Mbes (lake)                                        Mbesek

Zibi (river)                                          Zibik

Mtegwaki (forest)                             Mtegwakik

Shkwengen (reservation)                 Shkwengenek

Odan (town)                                      Odanek

Tkep (spring)                                     Tkepik

Gtegan (garden)                                Gteganek

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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