Pottawatomi Language Classes
Youth Language Class
The Youth Language Class uses activities, stories and games to explore the Pottawatomi language, bodéwadmimwen. The class is open to youth ages 6 to 17. During the school year, the Youth Language Class is on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., on the lower level of the Luella Collin’s Community Center, with a meal provided. During the summer the Youth Language Class is on select Wednesdays at the Jijak dining hall when scheduling permits.
Adult Language Class
The Adult Language Class allows group interaction within the language through stories, prayers, immersion activities and games. Class takes place Tuesday nights, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., on the lower level of the Luella Collin’s Community Center. The class is open to everyone and a meal is provided at the beginning of class.
Language in the Living Room
Language in the Living Room is an ANA (Administration for Native Americans) funded grant that gives Tribal Citizens the opportunity to learn the Potawatomi language at their own pace and in their own home. Participants in the project receive an iPad to go through different lessons and activities in the form of iBooks. In these iBooks participants are able to hear the Bodéwadmi (Potawatomi language) to help with pronunciation and work through activities that incorporate the language.
The project is three years long, and includes all ages of Tribal Citizens. In the first year, the project is for youth ages 6 to 17. The second year is for adults and Elders. The third and final year is for pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5. In the third year the Language and Cultural Department will hold a Family Language Camp, inviting all of the participants in the project to come and have a weekend full of language and fun activities. We’re very pleased to have this opportunity to revitalize our language and to give our citizens a solid base to grow and learn from.
Other Language Resources
Citizen Potawatomi Nation - https://www.potawatomi.org/lang
Forest County Potawatomi - https://language.fcpotawatomi.com
Hannahville Indian Community - http://www.potawatomilanguage.org
Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi - http://nhbpi.com/knowledge/languageculture/
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi - http://www.pokagon.com/our-culture/language
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation - http://www.pbpindiantribe.com/language.aspx
Walpole Island First Nation - http://www.bkejwanong.ca
Wasauksing First Nation - http://wasauksing.ca
Donald Perrot - http://www.neaseno.org