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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Potawatomi Words

Welcome to our Potawatomi vocabulary page! Potawatomi is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Ojibwe and Lenape. We have included twenty basic Potawatomi words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Potawatomi Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Potawatomi site for more free resources.

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Potawatomi Word Set

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English (Français) Potawatomi words
One (Un) Ngod
Two (Deux) Nish
Three (Trois) Nswe
Four (Quatre) Nyaw
Five (Cinq) NyanIn
Man (Homme) NIne
Woman (Femme) Kwé
Dog (Chien) Numosh
Sun (Soleil) Kizes
Moon (Lune) Tpukizes
Water (Eau) Mbish
White (Blanc) Wab
Yellow (Jaune) Wisaw
Red (Rouge) Mésko
Black (Noir) Mukte
Eat (Manger) Mijet
See (Voir) Wabdan or Nabek
Hear (Entendre) Nodek
Sing (Chanter) Nkemon
Leave (Partir) Maji

Click here to see Potawatomi Indian words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Potawatomi Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Potawatomi word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Potawatomi animal words
*Potawatomi body parts
*Potawatomi color words

Additional Resources

   The Potawatomi
   Michigan Native Americans
   Algonquian folklore
   Potawatomi Indian names
   Northeast Woodlands facts

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