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Gdezhchegéwnenan: Our Ways

Gdezhchegéwnenan: Our Ways Winter GamesGames of skill are those with outcomes determined by a player’s mental and physical abilities, rather than by chance. Traditional sports of this nature were and still are played by Bodéwadmi and other Indigenous communities to build communal ties through leisure, celebrate and honor sacred and ceremonial events, cure the sick, and hone necessary physical and …

Mnwaté: Bbon 2023

Bbon Bbon or “when everything stops” is understood to be a time of rest, reflection and rejuvenation. Life slows down and Segmekwé (Mother Earth) enters a deep sleep. Historically, small families moved into the forest seeking shelter from the snow and cold. As resources dwindled, they shared food that had been collected from the previous month’s hunts, harvests and gatherings. …

Makwéndek: We Remember

Dweget brings the return of the anniversary of the Bodéwadmik Trail of Death, we are reminded of the difficulties our families have faced as a result of forced removal. As Shishibéni (Citizen Potawatomi), we were party to many removals, such as those in 1832, 1835, 1836, 1837, the Trail of Death in 1838, the re-removal of escaped Bodéwadmik in 1851, 1872, and the removal of Shishibéni in 1891 by the Seventh Cavalry from Kansas to Oklahoma, to name a few.

Negos Gkéndaswen: Star Knowledge

Since the beginning of time, Bodéwadmi have looked to the stars for answers and enlightenment. When creator instructed Original Man, known to us as Nishnabé, to seek out Dbekgises (Grandmother Moon), Nishnabé used the stars to guide his path.

Gdenwéwnenan: Our World in Words

Our words and language not only help us communicate, but preserve our Bodéwadmi heritage. The origin or root of each word and its meaning are keys to understanding who we were in the past, are in the present and will be in the future. 

Mnwaté: Dgwaget 2023

Translated as “the time when plants stop growing,” dgwaget (autumn) was traditionally a time of harvest and final preparation for winter. Food and supplies collected during the warmer months were readied for storage and travel. Still today, Bodéwadmi honor the season and Creator for what was provided, hosting feasts and ceremonies during the moons of autumn.