Potawatomi

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A language of United States

Alternate Names
Pottawotomi
Population

50 in United States (1995 Potawatomi Language Institute). 50 L1 speakers in the United States and Canada, most in the United States. Ethnic population: 25,000 (1997 L. Buszard-Welcher). L2 users: 250 L2 learners.

Location

Southwest and north Michigan; north Wisconsin and northeast Kansas; central Oklahoma, Citizen Potawatomi Center.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng]. Ceremonial and religious activities.

Language Development
Taught in tribal Head Start and K-12 schools in most communities as wells as in adult language programs. Grammar. Bible portions: 1844.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

85% have varying degrees of language retention.

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