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.

Want to jump start your language learning?

Check out a few resources we provide or recommend to citizens:

  1. All Seasons Potawatomi Language Coloring Books
  2. Children’s Potawatomi Language Learning DVD’s (call L&C | $10/2-DVD set)
  3. Children’s Potawatomi Language Storybooks (call L&C | $10/6-book set)
  4. A Gathering is Happening Today book ($7.08)
  5. Macy Goes to the Stars book ($12.95 + shipping)
  6. Bodwewadmimwen Language App (download from below for free)

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.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::John Winchester

Language Level 2 beginners class
Mondays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Carla Collins

Znëget 2 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

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

Language Level 1
Mondays 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language inst
ructor::Carla Collins

Tuesdays

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

Big Kids Language Class older kids
Tuesdays 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Shannon Snay

Wednesdays

Znëget 1 intermediate class
Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
L&C Activity Room | 59291 Indian Lake Rd. 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 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Community Center | 27043 Potawatomi Trail Dowagiac
language instructor::Kevin Daugherty

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.