Mshkwedeniyek kedwenen

Kansas Potawatomi Dialect.

Nekshe                           Look

Shkeshnen                      Lay down

Nwéshmon                     Lay down and rest

Bkéji                              A little bit

Shko dés                        Match

Mégwa                           More

Mshkeke                        Medicine

Wawabmowen               Mirror

Wichewé                        Marry

Wich ewét                      Married

Shon ya                          Money

Gnebech                         Maybe

Kwétansena

Cho/jo                            No/negative

Tbekok                          Last night

Mke téneni                      Negro/black person/man

Cho she na kéko             Nothing

Shkesh shé                     The oldest one

Sakech zhya                   Go outside

Nsak sén                        Open/open it

Gbakwnen                      Close/ close it

Bakwnen                        Open it/open

Msenegen                       Paper

Msenaken                      Book

Nebyégénatek                Pencil

Pwaken                          Pipe

Pwakas                          Little pipe

Pwakasnen                     Sometimes used for cigarettes/little pipes

Kék yéw kwet                 Preacher/someone who preaches

Medatsobet                     President/Ten laws man/one who sits at ten laws

Temakse                        He/she is poor

Gedmakes                      You are poor

Nedmakes                      I am poor

Owensé                          Pretty

Owenséze                       She is pretty

Do kem                          Be quiet

No toye                          Mean tempered/quick tempered

Wdabyango                    Ride in a car

Mamgo

Bmebto                          Run

Wébi wé                         Run away

Wébi wén                       Running away

Cho ne/jo ne                   Right?

Mi yéw                           Road

Miyéwés                        Path

Ksibyékaken                  Soap

Gagashe                         Soon/pretty soon

Nomye                           Just now

Yaknoké                        He/she is sick

Yaknoga                        I am sick

Mnoyési                         I don’t feel well (needs prefix)

Jibdeben                         Sit down

Wabem                          See

Wabdan                         Look at this

Nwabdan                        I look

Gwabdan                        You look

Wwabdan                       He/she/they look (s)

Kbakdebé                       Stupid

Mpektebé                       another stupid or hard headed one

Gshibtem                       Hardheaded

Ngshiptem                     I am hardheaded                      

Ggshiptem                     You are hardheaded

Wgshiptemwik               They are hardheaded

Bsegwin                         Get up

Nibwen                          Stand up

Wishkaben                     Sit tight

Shomikwé                      Smile

Yayéno                          He/she laughs/is laughing

Nekshe i                         See that

Nekshe o                        See that one

Ki kagdo                        Said

Kikito                             He/she said

Keto                               another one

Ei keto                           That is what he/she said

Mbéwak                         He/she sleeps

Mban                             Sleep

Mbé                               Sleep

Mbagen                          Bed/something one sleeps on

Bkeso                             Swim/bathes

Bmatké                          Swim (s)

Nom yaken                     Saddle

Shkwashkese                  Slide

Shkwashkesen                Sled

Bkwéné                          Smoke in the air

Bkwé                             Smoke

Bkwénémget                  It is smokey

Bkwénémi                      Smokey/a name

Nkemwen                       Song

Nkemon                         Sing

Nkemwenen                    Songs

Nkemo                           He/she sings

Gekéndasowen               Art of becoming knowledgeable

Gkekéndaséwen             Art of acquiring knowledge

Gekéndasajek                 Those who know

Gekéndas ne                    Do you know s.t./do you have knowledge?

                                      Do you know?

                                      Are you becoming knowledgeable?

Nakendumwajuk            those who have the knowledge, the wise ones.

Nagwan                         Something

Byé ji                             Slow

Ne ékej                           Slow……

Nko tek she na shi           Some day

Nan kot ken                    Some time/once in awhile

Ogema                           Superintendent/Leader/Chief/King

Wgema

Mshenkéwnene              Sheriff/Policeman/Officer

Ziwen                             Sour

Otan                               Town/city

Otanek                           To town/at the town/locative

Kche otan                       Big city/big town

Débwéwen                     The truth

Nteshtéa                         Think/what I think

She té ek                         What he/she thinks

Kikton                           Talk/speak

Kenomaké                      Teaches

Kenomakét                     He/she teaches

Kenomakwé                    Female teacher

Kenomanene                  Male teacher        

Kenomakwet                  Teaching/teaches

Sintebékon                     Teepee

Wigwam                        Birch bark house/lodge

Nin ashtek                      My turn

Gin ashtek                      Your turn

Win ashtek                     Their turn/his/her turn

Ode                                This

I                                     That

É I                                  That over there

Mikwéch                        Thank you

Igwien                            Many thanks when used in proper context

Ik shegwien                    I am thankful/grateful/appreciative

Wéwéne                         I am grateful

Ntakmetam ni bet            Tooth ache

Osowanek                      Tail

Bébamatsejek                 Travelers

Bamatsik                        They’re traveling

Waséchken                     Window

Wabshkiyek                    White/something that is white

Wabshkyak                    White

Ni jo pi                           When

Ni je pi                           Another when

Wtabyan                        Wagon/car/truck

Ni pi je                           Where

Kshéwsen                      Walk fast

Bama                             Wait/shortened version

Metatsobinek                 Wash., D.C.

Wigwam wawyégon       Round house

Waka’igan                     bent sapling lodge

Wabshkan nene              White man

Kchemokman                 Another one/Long knife/Big knife

Wégwni je                       What

Wéni                              Another one

Bmosé                            Walk

Pamsé                            He/she walks

Pémsék                          A name/he/she walks

Ngot nemégishek            One week

Wé ni je                          Who

Wé ni je o                       Who is that

Bam sé wak                    Walk/they are walking

Bam sé                           He/she walks

Bmoséwak                     They are walking

Bmosé                                     He/she walks

Mik ché wi                     Works/he/she

Mikchéwiwen                 Work

Ksi kwan                        Wash up

Ksi kwé                          Washes up

Mche kwé                       Mean woman

Mje kwé                         Another one

Do kin                            Wake up

Ka wa bem                     Watch

Ka wab ma                     Watch him/her

Min wéw ze                    Good worker

Mnosk sé                        Good voice

Mnoshk sé                      ditto

Éh hé                              Yes/affirmative

Wésh ko wa                    Yell (loud)

Wéshkwese                    Loud person

Sebab                             Rope/twine/thread

Sebabis                          Small thread/small twine

Zhabneken                     Needle

Moshwaken                    Scissors

Bekoyan                         Material/cloth

Skak aken                      Straight pin

Skak aken                      Safety pin

Ba a kwos wen               Patch

Se’babwe’n                    Fringe

Kat a kwas we’n             Thimble

Bas ke’kateke’n              Clothes

Nme’kse’ne’n                My shoes

Mke’sne’n                      Mocassins

Mke’se’n                        Mocassin

Sakso ne’n                     Socks

Bi toshk ke’n                  Underwear

Mje’kote                        Dress

Mje’kotekoshkayek        Skirt

Kishkyekas                    Blouse

Wbabkoyan                    Shirt

Kbe’ti                             Pants/trousers/slacks

Jijakokateyake’n             Shorts

Bis kon we’n                  T-shirt

Bis kon we’n                  Sweater

Bis ko wa ke’n                Coat

Biskowake’n                  Jacket

Kishkbiskowake’n          Short jacket

Kchebiskowake’n           Great coat/long coat/trench coat

Winkwebsowe’n             Scarf

Wiwkwan                      Hat

Wiwkwanes                   Cap

Moshwekas                    Handerchief

Mje’tase’n                      Stocking

Mje’n kaw ke’n              Gloves

Wne’ses                         Sleeve

Wne’sen

Moshwe                         Shawl

Azyan                            Diaper/breech cloth

Ntostab                          My shoe string

Shonyashke’mot             Purse/money bag

Shonyashke’moten          Wallet/small purse/small money bag

Kjibsowe’n                    belt

Mi shach so we’n            Jewelry

Nanoshe’bsowne’n         Ear rings

Nanoshe’bse’nwen          Ear ring

Tabne’je’e we’n             Ring

Tabne’je’ e ne’n             Rings

Nabkowake’n                 Necklace

Tbe’kiswanes                 Watch

Tbe’kiswan                    Clock

Ne’nes                           Bracelet

Nabkamwake’n              Neck tie

Nabkamwake’n              Bolo tie

Kejabche’ke’n                Hat band

Yasonkebsone’n             Arm bands

Yasonkebsowe’n            Arm band

Yasotkwebsowwe’n        Head band

Azyan                            Breech cloth

Wew nak                        Vest

Wayebe’n wan               Roach

Saj ke’n                          Indian blouse

Relative Forms:

Nse’kwe’s                      Paternal aunt

Knoshe                          Maternal aunt

Nshe’she                        Uncle

Nshime                          Younger brother/sibling

Nse’ze                            Older brother

Ntowema                       Brother of female

Nikane                           Brother of male

Mis se                            Older sister

Nshime                          Younger sister/sibling

Nitkako                          Sister of female

Nte’kwem                      Sister of male

Nos                                My father

Mnos                             Father

The form de de is a new form that came in with the adoption of english into the language.

Ndedeye’m                    My father

Ngye                              My mother

Ngye ye’                        ditto

No se’s se                       Grandchild

Nose’me                        ditto

Nose’mes                       My little grandchild

Nose’s seye’k                 My grandchildren

Me’sho                          Grandfather

Nme’shome’s                 My grandfather

Nokme’s                        Grandmother

Gokme’s                        Your grandmother

Nnokme’s                      My grandmother

Kokoye’                         Grandma in baby talk

Kne’kne’s                      Your nephew

Nek’ne’s                        My nephew

Ne’kne’                          Nephew

Kne’kne’sne’m               Our nephew

Nshe’mes                       Niece of male

Ntosh mes                      Niece of female

Nme’s sotanek                Parents

De’nwema                     Relative

De’wemake’n                 ditto

De’nwemakne’k             Pl.              

De’nwemakne’tok          Relative to all life

De’nwemane’n nanok     ditto

Ni jan ses                       My child (informal term)

Ni jan sek                       My children

Nijane’s                         Child (formal term)

Ntane’s                          My daughter

Ntanse                           ditto

Ne’ge’s                          My son

Ne’gwe’s                       My son

Ne’gwe’ses                    My little boy/my little son

Nin                                 I/my/me

Ni kan                            Friend

Okema                           King/chielf/leader

Wkema                          ditto

Gin                                 You/your

Ni nan                            We

Ni nan                            Us

Winwa                           They

Win                                He/she/they/them

Kakabese’k                    Boys

Kikabe                           Boy

Kikabes                          Little boy

Kikyako                         Girl

Kikyakos                       Little girl

Kikyakose’k                   Girls

Sesksi                             Teenage girl/virgin

Sesksiyek                       Teenage girls

Be’noje                          Child

Be’nojes                         Little child

Be’nojese’k                    Little children

Be’nojeye’k                   Children     

Ne’shnabe                      Indian/man of good intentions/intent

Mi ko                             Mexican

Mke’tene’ni                   Negro/black person

Kche’mokman                White man/woman/big knife/long knife

Kche’mokmanne’ne’      ditto

Kche’mokmanek            White men/people

Wabshkanik                   White people

Wabshkishgok                ditto

Kche’mokmankwek        White women/ladies

Ni ta                               Brother in law

Nitawe’s                        ditto (affectionate)

Agne’kwe                      Daughter in law

Nshe’n e’s                      Father in law

Nse’kse’s                       Mother in law

Nine’m                           Sister in law  (male speaker)                       

Nte’kwe’ji                      Sister in law  (female speaker)

Ntoshne’kem                  My son in law

(Dates back to when the son in law hunted and brought food to his in laws.)

Nishote                          Twins

Nishoteke                       She had twins

Seasons:

Tkwa kek                       Fall

Eni bok                          Summer

Nibne’k                          ditto

Eshatek                          ditto

Em nok me’k                  Spring

Mnokme’k                     ditto

Eb bok                           Winter

Bongek                          ditto

Directions:  

Wech bke’shmok            West

Epinge’shmok                ditto (Ojibewa)

Wechmokek                   East

Wabnong                       ditto (Ojibewa)

Wechnawkwek               South

Zhawnong                      ditto (Ojibewa)

Wechkse’nyak                North

Kiwedenong                   ditto (Ojibewa)

Wechbse’gwit                Another east

Wechwabe’k                  ditto

Wechkshatek                  Another south

Wechshawnot                 ditto

Wechbyedot                   Another west

Wechmowe’n                 ditto

Wechbonimge’t              Another north

Kaponkenowe’n             ditto

Namjiwne’k                   Left

Dab niw nok                   Right

Nekon                            In front of you

Shkwe yak                     Behind you

Nam ya kwan                 Under

Shpe’mok ke’ e kon        Over

Megwe pi                       A long way from here/a long time ago

Mno wi pi                       A long distance from here

Pi                                   Unit of time

Odo pi                            At this time

Ngotde’k                        At one time

Aya pi                            At one time (another one)

Colors:    (Enazwenen)

Wabshkyak                    White

Mek tewak                     Black

Mke’dewak                    ditto (another one)

Meskwak                       Red

We’zawak                      Yellow

Wejabkwak                    Blue

Eshkbokyak                   Green-like

Eshkbok                         The color green

Sawak                            Brown

Weje’pkwatek                Purple-like

Wabmeskwak                 Pink-like

Mskwimwabmeskwak    Pinkish

Mskwimwe’zawak          Orangish

Numbers:  

Ngot                                                  One

Nish                                                  Two

Nswe                                                 Three

Nyew                                                Four

Nyanne’n                                          Five

Ngotwatso                                         Six

Noek                                                 Seven

Shwatso                                            Eight

Zhak                                                  Nine

Mdatso                                              Ten

Mdastoshe’chngot                             Eleven

Mdatsoshe’chnish                              Twelve

Mdatsoshe’chnswe                             Thirteen

Mdatosshe’chnyew                            Fourteen

Mdatsoshe’chnyanne’n                      Fifteen

Mdatsoshechngotwatso                      Sixteen

Mdatsoshechnoek                              Seventeen

Mdatsoshechshwatso                         Eighteen

Mdatsoshechzhak                              Nineteen

Nishwabte’k                                      Twenty

Nswewabte’k                                    Thirty

Nyewwabte’k                                    Forty

Nyaanomte’ne’                                  Fifty

Ngotwatsomte’ne’                             Sixty

Noeksomte’ne’                                  Seventy

Shwatsomte’ne’                                 Eighty

Zhaksomte’ne’                                  Ninety

Ngotwak                                           One hundred

Nishwak                                            Two hundred

Nswewak                                          Three hundred

Nyewwak                                          Four hundred

Nyannowak                                       Five hundred

Ngotose’k                                         One thousand

Ngotse’gos                                        ditto

Midasso                                            One million

Midasowak                                        ditto

Midaswak                                         ditto

Money/Shonya:

Ngot me’kwi                                     One dollar

Nish me’kwi                                      Two dollars

Nswe me’kwi                                    Three dollars

Nyew me’kwi                                    Four dollars

Nyanno me’kwi                                 Five dollars

Mdatos me’kwi                                  Ten dollars

Nishwabte’k me’kwi                          Twenty dollars     

Nyanno mte’ne’ me’kwi                    Fifty dollars

Ngot wak me’kwi                              One hundred dollars

Ngoto se’k me’kwi                            One thousand dollars

Ngotse’gos me’kwi                            ditto 

Ngot yespe’n                                     Twenty five cents/quarter

Nish yespe’n                                     Fifty cents/half a dollar

Ngot mshkwapko                               One penny/one piece of copper

Nish mshkwapko                               Two pennies/two pieces of copper

Nswe mshkwapko                              Three pennies/three pieces of copper

Nyew mshkwapko                             Four pennies/four pieces of copper

Nyanno mshkwapko                          Five pennies/five pieces of copper

Ngotwatso mshkwapko                      Six pennies/six pieces of copper

Noek mshkwapko                              Seven pennies/seven pieces of copper

Shwatso mshkwapko                         Eight pennies/eight pieces of copper

Zhak mshkwapko                              Nine pennies/nine pieces of copper

Mdatso mshkwapko                           Ten pennies/ten pieces of copper

*Animals—-Mechbiyek:

Zago                                                  Monkey

She’shko                                           Muskrat

Kte’te                                                Otter

Kokosh                                             Pig

Mantanish                                         Sheep

Schgak                                              Skunk

Wabne’m                                          Wolf (resembles white police dog)

Moew                                                Wolf (generic)

Meinge’n                                           Timber wolf

Beshk mo we                                     Lion

She’b shi                                           Tiger

Mke’shis kat we                                 Flying squirrel

Ta ka kos                                           Civet cat

Ma mak she                                       Mule

Kche’ zago                                        Ape

Wapti                                                Antelope

Seksi                                                 deer, generic

Nijan                                                 doe, white tailed deer

Wawashkeshi                                    white tailed deer

Mshiwé                                             elk

Kshi wi                                              Bull

Bkosh bshe’k ke’                               Buffalo

Me’k                                                 Beaver

Mko/Mkwa                                       Bear

Ka kin ke’shi                                     Grizzly bear

Kasho                                                Cat

Mayos                                               Another one

Bshe’ke’                                            Cow

Bshe’kwik (we’k)                              Cattle

Bshe’kis                                            Calf

Nanimwe                                           Coyote

Espe’n                                               Raccoon

Nemosh                                             Dog

Babaki                                              Hound dog

Mskwe’wakwe’she                            Red fox

Wakwe’she                                       Fox

Kokjesjish                                         Ground hog

Moto                                                 Goat

Kwe’kse                                            Wood chuck

Nektosha                                           Horse

Mi shak ne’k we                                Bat

Ko kot ni                                           Alligator

Bne shi                                              Bird  (generic)

Bne shi we’t                                      Bird with feathers

Se’gnok                                             Black bird  (red spots on wings)

Za wa ge                                            Yellow bird 

Wezawage                                         ditto 

Nano kas                                           Hummingbird

Jejak                                                  Crane

Ka kak shi                                         Crow

Andekshkwe                                      Another one

Mimi                                                 Dove

Kno                                                   Eagle

Mgeshwash                                       Bald eagle

Be’shk kno                                        ditto

We’nake                                            Buzzard

Wab mimi                                          White pidgeon

Mke’dewabmimi                               Grey pidgeon

Kakabe                                              Screech owl

Wabke’noshkwe                                Mouse

Kche’wabke’noshkwe                        Rat

Wekate                                              Lizard

Kokoko                                             Owl

Wabkokoko                                       Great white owl

Memke’ji                                           Toad

Me’kchako                                        Frog

Menjikwe                                          Tree frog

Mneto                                               Snake

Zhashage                                           Garter snake

Mskwan de’p                                     Pine snake

Nedwasi                                            Little rattle snake

Notake                                              Rattle snake

Insects:  (Mnetok)

Memeke                                            Butterfly

Memekwe                                          ditto

Amo                                                  Bee

Oje                                                    Fly

Ske’me                                              Mosquito

Esbike                                               Spider

Espe’k e e be’k                                  ditto

Wemkwoyane                                    Caterpillar

Chin skot mo si                                  Cricket

Kwa kwa te                                        Grasshopper

Boch kwan si                                     Dragon fly

Nenepajne’kesi                                  Mole

Meats—-Wi yase’n

We’sa wak sot ko kosh                      Bacon

Bshe’k ke’                                         Beef

Bkosh bshe’k ke’                               Buffalo

Mko/Mkwa                                       Bear

Bke’akwa                                          Chicken

Bidi                                                   Northern dialect

Bke’akwaye’k                                   Pl.

Bshe’k ke’                                         Cow

Espe’n                                               Raccoon

Shishib                                              Duck

Shishibe                                            ditto

Se’ksi                                                Deer

Wawashke’sh shi                               ditto

Beske’si                                            Goose

Beske’siye’k                                      Geese

Ko kosh                                             Pig/Pork

An ken ni                                           Possum

A ye ni                                               ditto

Mshewe                                             Rabbit

Wabozo                                             Northern dialect

Se’ngo                                               Squirrel

Je’dmo                                              ditto

Zhe’gos                                             Weasel

Gde’de                                              Otter

Mak                                                  Loon

She’gak                                             Skunk

Pne/Bne                                             Turkey

Wnok shise’n                                    Weiners/hot dogs

Mshe’we                                           Elk

Mshi ke                                              Turtle/Snapping turtle

Gigo                                                  Fish

Gigos                                                Little fish

Gigose’k                                           Mess of fish/school of fish

Gete se atsokanen

Traditional Tales

Why we have Spring

Bnewi pene shna gi bbomget, pene gi ksenyamget, gi gwtektowek bemadsetthek. 

A long time ago, it was winter all the time, it was cold all the time and people had a hard time.

Ngodek shna eyawek weshgget kwe gi mkedeke, ije egi ndotthget notth na datthe abwamgek.

One time a young girl fasted, and she asked that the weather would be warmer.

I tthe ni mnedon egi widmagwet da shetthget na notth ewi abwamgek.

So the spirits told her what she could do to make the weather warmer.

Gagish mkedeket egi widmowat ni wgetzimen, “Abdek wetthksenyak nwi shya,” wdenan.

After her fast, she told her parents, “I have to go north,” she told them.

“Wiye shi etthe yet o bemendek ode pene e bbomgek ngigdo,” kedo o weshgget kwe.

“That’s where he’s at, the one responsible for it being winter all the time, I was told,” said the young girl.

“Mishgoswen ngi mingo ewi o wabmek. Abdek nwi o mttenwa, gishpen pkenwek wi mnokme mine wi niben.”

“I was given power to go see him.  I have to challenge him, if I beat him there will be spring and summer.”

“Nitthe gishpen pkenagwyen?” kedo ni wneneyem.  “Jo mine wika ke wabmesim,” wdenan wneneymen.

“What if he beats you?” said her mother.  “Then you will never see me again,” she told her mother.

I tthe egi wshitat, mteno shna wa she bmowdek wgi matthidon.

Then she got ready, she took only what she could pack on her back.

Ah itthe ibe wetthksenyak gi gwtekto, o kewesi.  Gwa shna shke ewse msen emawdonek.

Meanwhile, up north, the old man was having a hard time.  He was barely able to gather firewood.

Pene shna gi mshkewakwten I zibe gabmejwek besotth i edat.  Pene gi kche noden shi.

The river that ran by, close to his house was always frozen over.  It was always windy there.

O wtthe kewesi gi tthibdebe tthik shkwede shi edat.  Gawa gewi psakwnemget i shkwede.

The old man sat in his lodge, next to the fire, which was barely going.

Bama she wiye bye detewegenet shi shkwademek.  “Ahow.  Bidgek,” kedo o kewesi.

Just then, somebody was knocking on the door.  “Ahow.  Come in,” said the old man.

Bama she sesksiyen bye bidge’net.  Aptthe she goniwe o sesksi mine bigeje.

And a young maiden came in.  She was really snowy and cold.

Mine I wdep wabgonen gi wiwkwebso.  Mine geshe gi kche mnowabmenagwse.

Around her head, she wore a halo of Trailing Arbutus.  And she was also very pretty.

“Bosho ndanes,” kedo.  “Gda bye os shote shkwedek.”  Pishne atemget gewi I shkwede.

“Hello daughter,” he said.  “Come warm up here, by the fire.”  The fire itself, was almost going out.

“Ahow nge ske’wa o ndo pwagen, ke wdemamen,” kedo o kewezi.

“Okay, I’ll light up my pipe, we will have a smoke,” said the old man.

Epiche wdemawat, “Ezakttheseyan iw ebinek ode gon,” kedo o kewezi.

While they were smoking, the old man said, “When I go outside, I bring on the snow.”

“Ah i geni ezakttheseyan ebye mokit o gises,” kedo gewi o sesksi.

“Oh, when I go outside, the sun comes out,” said the maiden.

“Shpemek eshenkenwiyan i notth ektthe ksenyak,” kedo o kewezi.

“When I throw my arms towards the sky, the weather gets colder,” said the old man.

“Nin wi shpemek eshenkenwiyan i abwamget,” kedo o sesksi.

“Me, when I throw my arms up at the sky, the weather gets warmer,” said the maiden.

Bama she peneshiyek kwedbek etnemaswat.  Gi nabmegon ni kewesiyen.

All of a sudden, birds were singing on the roof.  The old man just glared at her. 

“Ekanabdeman I zibe I emshkewakwtek,” kedo o kewezi.

“When I look at the river, it freezes up,” said the old man.

“Nin wi ekanabdeman i zibe i engezet o mkwem,” kedo o sesksi.

“Me, when I look at the river, the ice melts,” said the maiden.

I tthe zagetth egi nabet ekanabdek i zibe.

Then, she looked outside to look at the river.

Epi tangedok notth gewi ne gshedemget i shkwede.

As she spoke, the fire started getting warmer.

Bama she o kewezi enodek emdwetthwek i zibe pi enengezet o mkwem.

Then, the old man heard the sound of the river, as the ice started to melt.

“Ngotthi epamseyan i ektthe bonik,’ kedo o kewezi.

“When I walk somewhere, it really snows,” said the old man.

“Metth she bebashyayan ematthigek ni wabgonen,” kedo o sesksi.

“Whereever I walk, the Trailing Arbutus grows,” said the maiden.

I tthe ekanabmet ni kewesiyen eshkem ne gatthi ye.

As she looked at the old man, he started getting smaller.

Mine zagetth enabet I shna ene skebgamgek ni mishkosen.

And as she looked outside again, the grass was turning green.

I tthe egi kwansego mno gishgek.  Nekmek dnemaswek peneshiyek.

And it turned into a beautiful day.  You could hear birds singing all over the place. 

Gatthe tthibdebet o kewesi shna mteno gasweksek i waboyan.

Where the old man sat, all that was there, spread out, was his blanket.

Edapnek i waboyan o sesksi.  I shna mteno mbish shi ga askobisek ga tthe nmedbet o kewezi.

The maiden picked up the blanket, and all there was under it, was a puddle of water, where the old man sat.

“I she shna yedek egi ngezet o kewezi,” shede e o sesksi.

“Oh, the old man must have melted,” thought the young maiden.

I tthe shna nekmek i gi pamadset o sesksi.  Metth ttheshe ga bme shyat wiye shi ngom etthe matthigek ni wabgonen.

Then, the young maiden traveled all over.  Wherever she went, is where the Trailing Arbutus grows today.

Mine she wiye I mamo netem zakimgek e mnokmek.

And it is the first plant to come up in the spring.

I wtthe ode sesksi egi pkenwat ni mkwemi wnenwen ngom wetthe yemgo ode emnokmek.  Iw ektownangek.

Because the young maiden overpowered the iceman, is why we have Spring now.  That is the story that is told.

All the affixes

The following prefixes and suffixes are used to denote past tense, present tense, future tense, and plurals of the subject. The prefixes and suffixes are bold so that you can see a pattern in the language usage.

NI PI JE – where

E – present tense/ WA – future tense/ GA – past tense

Ni pi je e shya yen? (where are you going?)

Ni pi je e shya yek? (where are you people going?)

Ni pi je wa shya yen? (where are you going?)

Ni pi je wa shya ye’k? (where are you folks going?)

Ni pi je ga shya yen? (where did you go?)

Ni pi je ga shya ye’k? (where did you people go?)

NI JE PI –when

WA – future tense/DA – future intent/ GA – past tense

Ni je pi wa shya yen? (when are you going?)

Ni je pi wa shya ye’k? (when are you folks going?)

Ni je pi ga shya yen? (when did you go?)

Ni je pi ga shya ye’k? (when did you people go?)

Ni je pi da shya yen? (when could you go?)

Ni je pi da shya ye’k? (when could you folks go?)

 

 

NWI – future tense/NGI – past tense   WABEK – tomorrow

Wabek nwi shya. ( I am going tomorrow.)

Wabek nwi shya men. ( we are going tomorrow.)

Wabek wi shye’ wak. (he/she is going tomorrow.)

Wabek wi shye’k. (they are going tomorrow.)

NWI – future tense/ NGI – past tense    WNAGO – yesterday

Wnago ngi shya. ( I went yesterday.)

Wnago ngi shya men. ( we went yesterday.)

Wnago gi shye’ wak. ( he/she went yesterday.)

Wnago gi shye’k. (they went yesterday.)

NGOM – now-today

Ngom nwi shya. (I am going today.)

Ngom nwi shya men. (we are going today.)

Ngom shye’ wak. (he/she is going today.)

Ngom wi shye’k. (they are going today.)

Ngom gwi shya men. (we are going today.)

AFFIXES:

Prefixes and Suffixes:

Present               n de

Immediate future      n ge

Past                  n gi

Future                n wi

Future                n da

Singular              BMO SE

                      To walk

N de she bmo se           I am walking

Examples:

Odan ek nde she bmo se        present

Odane k nge she bmo se        future

Odan ek ngi she bmo se        past

Odan ek nwi she bmo se        future

Odan ek nda she bmo se        future/intent

Plural                MBEM SE MEN

                      We are walking

Examples:

Odan ek nde she bmo se men        present

Odan ek nge she bmo se men        future

Odan ek ngi she bmo se men        past

Odan ek nwi she bmo se men        future

Odan ek nda she bmo se men        future/intent

Some more examples:

Wi                        h/s is going to

G wi                     going to

G da                      could/can

Odan ek ne gwi she bmo se?    Singular

Are you going to walk to town?

Odan ek ne gwi she bmo sem?   plural

Are you guys going to walk to town?

Odan ek gda she bmo se.       Singular

You could walk to town.

Odan ek gda she bmo sem.      plural

You guys could walk to town.

Odan ek gda she bmo se men.   plural/inclusive

We could walk to town.

Odan ek ne wi she bmo se? Singular

Is he/she walking to town?

Odan ek ne wi she bmo sek?    Plural

Are they walking to town?

BMOSE:

M be bam se               I am walking around.

Pa m se wak               he/she is walking around.

G be bam se               you are walking around.

Pa m se wek               they are walking around.

Wi pam se                 he/she is going for a walk.

N wi pam se               I am going for a walk.

N wi pamse men            we are going for a walk/exlc.

G wi pam se men           we are going for a walk/incl.

Ke pam se men             let us go for a walk.

Be bam se t               one who walks/sing.

Be bam se jek             those that walk–also all the/plural.

Bmo se or bmo se wak      walking or walking by

Bmo se k                  walking or walking by

plural

E gi shke wep se t        when h/s first started walking.

Ni je pi ga ne wep se t       when did h/s start out walking?

Ni je pi wa ne wep se yen     when are you going to start out walking?

On becoming Neshnabe

Ode Neshnabe

So, let us take a look at what it takes to become Neshnabe, eh?

Being Neshnabe means you were born that way….you’ve always been that way, there was no alternative but that for you. This means you grew up speaking the accompanying language that goes with being Neshnabe, you also grew up with those mores, norms, standards, sanctions, and taboos. Everything you are, were and became means you learned it all through the target language of the group you were born into.

Definition of Neshnabe.

You learned nothing you currently know in English, it was not gleaned from University studies, nor from any other book learning, or in any other form of English inspired action. It wasn’t learned in English passed on to you from a heritage fluent speaker who trained you. This means you literally learned all that you know, all that you are, from your experiences as a traditional person growing up with the language, surrounded by like speaking elders and peers,

This sort of person can be referred to as Gete Neshnabe! The modern- day world identifies him/her as a traditional person. Traditional because they are heritage fluent speakers, schooled and skilled in all of the lore and craft of their origins, adept and expert in the physical, material, and spiritual culture of their heritage speaking group they emanate from. One important fact, this kind of person was not trained in anything, they were taught from their youth up….

What of others who appear to be like them?  Those who mimic these people? Those who sound like them, but were not taught like them, but were trained by Gete Neshnabek who must specialize in training those who have not been taught, but have become separated from their archaic ways and the language so needed to find the way back to their origins?

These people could properly be referred to as quasi traditionals, or even pseudo traditionals then, borrowing upon the modern day terminology used by the dominant society they have become part of. Can they ever become like their Gete cousins one might ask? Can they somehow transpose themselves into what they want to be or study so hard to be?

The undisputable answer is YES, with perseverance and a strong commitment!

The best they can do is follow the teachings of those who are Gete Neshnabek, become trained in the lore, the craft, the sacred ways, learn their heritage language, and begin the process of learning so their offspring can be taught, instead of having to be trained like them. One teaches a child, one trains a person who has not been raised with their language and culture. We, who are Gete Neshnabek were taught, not trained!

I am using English to inform those who will read and listen and take appropriate action, but for those who read and do not listen and do not take any action, I can do nothing….also, there becomes no hope for their offspring, no hope for the generations who come after them. They must look to the future so those who come after them have a chance to survive as Gete Neshnabek.

Our old people used to tell us we had to render decisions with Seven Generations in mind, so there could be a future for those who would come after us. This kind of thinking has nothing to do with Self, or other sorts of  pleasures. We must remove Self from the pedestal and return to that Seven Generational thinking our forefathers utilized in their decision making. Only then can our offspring/children have a chance to become Gete Neshnabek once again, and then there shall be those who are taught the sacred ways of the Gete Neshnabek again.

Learn your Language! Which many of you are now doing!

Live your life for the future generations so that anything you become trained in today can benefit them. Live like a Gete Neshnabe even if folks refer to you as a quasi neshnabe, but do not be a pseudo neshnabe or live your life like one, especially in front of your children. Embrace the teachings and learn your heritage language and become trained in them, so you have something to teach your offspring.

Nin se Neaseno…

Construct verbs using body parts and other things…..

Construct Verbs using Body Parts and other things…

Noun FormConstruct Form
Nibden – my teeth-yabdé -abdé  or -denwi
Nenji – my hand-nejé
Nzet – my foot-zeté
Njash – my nose-jané
Ndon – my mouth or my lip-doné
Ntog – my ear-togé
Ndep – my head-debé
Nshkishek – my eye-gwé (eyed or faced)
Ngotagen – my throat-dagwné, -gotagé
Ndamken – my chin or my jaw-damké, -damkné
Nek – my arm-neké
Ken – bone-kené
Nwinsesén – my hair-sesé or -nankwé
Ndesam – my skin-wshé
Nkaké – my chest-kaké
Ndodosh – my breast-dodoshmé
Nowéy – my cheek-nowyé
Wnagen – dish-wnagé
Nibi-water-abo (liquid)
  

-Gwé

-Gwé and kwé can sound suspiciously similar, so it is very important to listen carefully and use correct pronunciation.  -Gwé can refer to the face or to the eyes.

            Jigwé                          Thunder (Next to His Face)        

            Shomigwé                He/she is smiling

            Mniwnagigwé         Infected runny eye

            Pesangigwé             Black eye (bruised eye)   

            Meningwé                He/she has eye boogers

            Bokigwé                    one-eyed, single-eyed

            Bokigwénwi                         Wink

            Winingwé                             Dirty Face

Other endings to watch for are -kadé and -gadé.  -Kadé refers to “legged,” while -gadé is an inanimate intransitive ending.

            Nyéwokadé                          He/she is Four-legged

            Nishokadé                            He/she is Two-legged

            Gkejgadé                              Something is hidden

            Wébnegadé                         Something is discarded

Here are some contextual examples of endings, some coupled with other particles.  This language is based on PARTICLES which have meaning, but must be attached to other particles to form complete thoughts.

            FEET

            Magwzede                           He/she has Big Feet or Smelly Feet

            Kchemagwzede                  He/she has Really Smelly Feet

            Génozedé                             He/she has long feet

            Tkozedé                                He/she has short feet

            Gachzedé                             He/she has little feet        

            Wawagzedé                         He/she has pigeon feet (crooked feet)

            Mbiwzedé                            He/she has wet feet         

            Datkezedé                            He/she has toes that point outward

            Begwzedé                             He/she has dry feet

            Nchiwzedé                           He/she has ugly feet

            Mskwiwzedé                       He/she has bloody feet

            Mskwéwzedé                      He/she has red feet

            Mkedéwzedé                      He/she has black feet

            Winzedé                               He/she has dirty feet

            Binzedé                                 He/she has clean feet

            Zheshkiwzedé                     He/she has soil or sand on feet

            Goniwzedé                           He/she has snowy feet

            Mkwemizedé                      He/she has icy feet

            Gishkzedé                             He/she has a cut off foot

            Mnozedé                              He/she has good feet

            Mowzedé                             He/she has poopy feet

            Mtakgwzedé                       He/she has bare feet

            Gzinzedé                               He/she washes feet

            Gziszedé                               He/she scrubs feet

Mbegzedégabo                   He/she has a flat tire (literally:  He/she is standing there with a flattened foot – implies vehicle)

            HEAD

            Mbiwdebé                            He/she has a wet head

            Gzindebé                              He/she washes head

            Psakwdebé                          He/she has a burning head (has a fever)

            Peshkwdebé                        He/she is baldeHe/

            Binagdebe                            He/she has a clean head

            Winagdebe                          He/she has a dirty head

            Mbwakawdebe                  He/she uses his head (smart or wise)

            Édbesendebe                       He/she thinks lowly thoughts (humble)

            Édbeséndezot                     H/s thinks lowly thoughts of himself/herself

            SKIN

            Wabshkewzhé                    He/she has White skin

            Mskwiwzhé                         He/she has Blood on skin

            Gzibigwzhé                          He/she washes their skin

            Mektewzhe                          He/she has black/dark skin

            Gzibinsewzhe                      Wash your skin

            Bmedewensewzhe            He/she has greasy skin

            TEETH

            Mniwabdé                            He/she has an abcessed or infected tooth

            Wasadbégabo                     He/she stands with shiny teeth

            Niskabdénwi                        He/she bares h/h teeth

            Gsiyabdé                               He/she brushes teeth

            Gsisyabdé                             He/she scrubs teeth

            Throat and misc.

            Gishkakgwendagwné       He/she has a sore throat

            Gikijdagwné                        He/she has a sore throat

            Zagdamknégabo                He/she stands with chin sticking out

            Zagdamknéshen                 His/her chin sticks out

            Gikmenejé                            His/her hand or finger is numb

            Magnowyé                           He/she has big cheeks

            Magdodoshmé                   He/she has big breasts

            Magtogé                               He/she has big ears

            Winankwé                            He/she has dirty hair

            Binankwé                             He/she has clean hair

            Mbiwnankwé                      He/she has wet hair

            Mishigwé                              He/she has a hairy face

            Mishkadé                              He/she has hairy legs

            Mskwiwjané                        He/she has a bloody nose

            Gzigwé                                  He/she washes face

            Gzinjé                                    He/she washes hands

            Gzibingé                                He/she washes things

            Gzinagé                                 He/she washes dishes

            Gsisega                                  He/she scrubs the floor

            Winsega                                The floor is dirty

            Mouth

            Zamdoné                              He/she has a big mouth (talks too much)

            Winagdoneket                    He/she is foul mouthed

            Mbwakawdonet                 He/she speaks wise things

            Mishkwedone                     He/she sounds ambitious or full of resolve

            Mjekewdone                       He/she talks evil

            Natkotagdone                     He/she has a smart mouth

            Gikajgedone                        He/she has argumentative mouth

            Genotagdone                      He/she tells tall tales/lies

            Gimojtagdone                     He/she tells sneaky/shady stuff

            Mnowejtagdone                He/she speaks good things

            Shiwejtagdone                    He/she talks fierce

            Gimojtagwdonet                He/she speaks falsely

            Eye

            Mnowejshkizhgoke           He/she sees good things in others

            Zheshkiwshkishek              He/she has dirt or sand in eye

            Mektewshkishek                He/she has black eye

            Mjewejshkishek                 He/she has evil eye

            Wakjeseshkizhgwen         He/she has crooked/crossed eyes