Language Program

The Pokagon Band Language Program offers programs and classes for those interested in learning the Potawatomi language. Learn more about the language here.

Pnothisêk Learning Videos

The Language Program has created a language learning YouTube channel for kids, so all our Bodwéwadmi children can learning our Bodwéwadmimwen, near and far! It's called "Pnothisêk Learning Videos." The Language Program will continue to add content, so subscribe to get notifications of new uploads.

Bodwéwadmimwen Language App

Language App Tutorial from Pokagon Band on Vimeo.

You can now download the Bodwéwadmimwen language app onto your Apple, Kindle, and Android devices for free! Just search "Bodwéwadmimwen" on iTunes, Amazon, or GooglePlay.

Ongoing Language Classes

Weekly Classes

Mondays

L&C Department Class open to all
Mondays 10:00 a.m.–11 a.m.
L&C Activity Room | 59291 Indian Lake Rd. Dowagiac
language instructor::Christine Morseau

Day Language Class open to all
Mondays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Elders Hall | 53237 Townhall Rd. Dowagiac
language instructor::John Winchester

Znëget 1 beginners class
Mondays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Carla Collins

Znëget 3 advanced class
Mondays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (begins 10/2/17)
L&C Activity Room | 59291 Indian Lake Rd. Dowagiac
language instructor::Kyle Malott

*Nithansêk Language Class
Mondays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Shannon Snay

*Penothésêk Language Class
Mondays 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Shannon Snay

*First Monday of every month classes will be held in the L&C Workshop: 59291 Indian Lake Road Dowagiac MI 49047

Tuesdays

Dowagiac Language Class
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::John Winchester

Penothiyêk Language Class
Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. (young kids)
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Rhonda Purcell

Wednesdays

Znëget 2 intermediate class
Mondays 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Kyle Malott

Thursdays

South Bend Language Class open to all
Thursdays 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Indiana Office | 3733 Locust St. South Bend
language instructor::Christine Morseau

Potawatomi 201
Thursdays 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Elders Hall | 53237 Townhall Rd. Dowagiac
language instructor::Kevin Daugherty

Quarterly Events

Quarterly Language Nights
check calendar for dates

Quarterly Language Workshops
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Language book series available

The Language Program has a supply of new and updated Jim Thunder language series, which consists of Books 1, 2, and 3. The Program also has Jim Thunder's book titled "Medicines of the Potawatomi" which provides information about and Potawatomi language on traditional medicines that have been used for many generations. The cost of Jim Thunder's three book series is $15, and the medicine book is $5. 

If you are interested in purchasing these materials from the Pokagon Language Program, please email us at rhonda.purcell@pokagonband-nsn.gov or call (269) 462-4255.