Potawatomi Culture. Potawatomi speak a language of the Algonkian language family and have lived in the Great Lakes region for at least four centuries. Throughout their history, the Potawatomi have moved and been moved many times, but their aboriginal territory was in Michigan’s lower peninsula.
Ahaw is the word for “ hi ” in Potawatomi. It is pronounced “ah how”.
Their name is a translation of the Ojibwe word “potawatomink” meaning “people of the place of fire.” In their own language, the Potawatomi refer to themselves as the Nishnabek or “people.”
Language. Potawatomi (also spelled Pottawatomie; in Potawatomi Bodéwadmimwen or Bodéwadmi Zheshmowen or Neshnabémwen) is a Central Algonquian language spoken around the Great Lakes in Michigan and Wisconsin. It is also spoken by Potawatomi in Kansas, Oklahoma, and southern Ontario.
The Potawatomi continued to ally themselves with the French, as did other tribes from Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. They fought in many famous battles of the war such as Braddock’s Defeat in Pennsylvania in 1755 and the infamous Massacre of Fort William Henry in New York in 1757.
Shabonee, also spelled Shabbona, (born c. 1775, near Maumee River [Ohio, U.S.]—died July 17, 1859, Morris, Ill., U.S.), Potawatomi Indian chief, hero of a Paul Revere -style ride through northern Illinois in 1832, the purpose of which was to warn white settlers of an imminent Indian raid during the Black Hawk War.
Today, the Forest County Potawatomi Community is thriving with an enrolled membership of about 1,400. Nearly half of the Tribe lives on the reservation, comprised of four communities in the southern section of Forest County, Wisconsin.
Ó:nen ki’ wáhi – goodbye ( goodbye my good friend, it’s dearer to the heart).
Over land, the Potawatomi tribe used dogs as pack animals. (There were no horses in North America until colonists brought them over from Europe.) Today, of course, Potawatomi people also use cars and non-native people also use canoes.
Michigan, and the Great Lakes area, was originally populated by the Potawatomi, Sauk, Fox, Huron, Ottawa, Kickapoo, Ojibwe – also known as the Chippewa, and Menominee Indians.
They were closely related to their neighbors, the Ottawa and the Ojibwa. The Potawatomi built large, bark-covered houses. They also built smaller, dome-shaped homes called wigwams.
Potawatomi, Algonquian-speaking tribe of North American Indians who were living in what is now northeastern Wisconsin, U.S., when first observed by Europeans in the 17th century.
1838. After the signing of the 1833 treaty, most Potawatomi were forcibly removed west. This march became known as the “ Potawatomi Trail of Death”.
The Menominee (/məˈnɑːməˌni/; also spelled Menomini, derived from the Ojibwe language word for “Wild Rice People”; known as Mamaceqtaw, “the people”, in the Menominee language) are a federally recognized nation of Native Americans, with a 353.894 sq mi (916.581 km2) reservation in Wisconsin.