Gaga ngiwsemen mine

Hunting Season is soon upon us

Hunting words

Égiwséwnegék                                          hunging season

Giwséwngét                                              it is hunting season

Giwséwesh                                                hunting medicine

Sakgé                                                         one drives deer

Ékwabet                                                    one who watches for deer or warden

Basksegen                                                 gun

Basksegas                                                  little gun, pistol

Basksegenatek                                          part of gun barrel or gun stock

Nizhotagen                                                double barrel shotgun

Kénwaschegen                                          gun sight

Zhemati                                                     muzzle loader

Newi                                                          cartridge, shell

Nwin                                                cartridges, shells

Nwis                                                          small

Nwisen                                                      small cartridges or shells

Zhishibnosen                                            bb’s or fine shot

Wabzhagen                                                buckshot

Nwikajgen                                                 bullet mold

Giwsé koman                                            hunting knife

Azhwangwegen                                        hunting bag or fishing bag

Ndepkan                                                    my pack strap

Pshingé                                                      to skin

Ndo kman                                                  my knife

Giwsé                                                         h/s is hunting

Wa swa                                                      h/s is shining deer

Nwi pa giwsé                                            I’m going to go hunting

Nwi pa waswa                                          I’m going shining for deer

Néta ngi gi wsé neko                               a lot I used to hunt one time

Nin ashtek nge sak gé                              my turn to drive the deer

Nwi pa kyet nam neshem                        I’m going to seriously hunt

                                                                   (pull all my skills together)

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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