The Potawatomi Alphabet (old style writing)

Since the vowels A – E – I – 0 appear with every consonant of the Potawatomi alphabet, these have been omitted as separate sounds. After we have gone through the Potawatomi alphabet, we will then put some sentences together and study some actual Indian writings.

BBa – as in bah     Be – as in bet      Bi – as in bee      Bo – as in boat
(In some of the old Indian writings, the letter L is used for the B sound)

CIn writings by anthropologists and others, C is used to signify the S sound.

DDa – as in dawn    De – as in den    Di – as in dee    Do – as in doe

GGa – as in gall     Ge – as in get     Gi – as in geek     Go – as in go

HHa – as in hall     He – as in hell        Hi – as in heel     Ho – as in hoe

KKa – as in kaw    Ke – as in Ken     Ki – as in key     Ko – as in kola

MMa – as in mama    Me – as in men    Mi – as in me   Mo – as in more

NNa – as in naw     Ne – as in neck     Ni – as in kneel     No – as in no

PPa – as in Paul     Pe – as in pet      Pi – as in pee     Po – as in pole
(Here again, some writers use the L to signify the P sound)

QAlthough there are some Indian writings using the letter Q, most of the Q sounds are made with the letters KW.

SSa – as in saw       Se – as in set      Si – as in see       So – as in so

TTa – as in talk        Te – as in ten       Ti – as in tee        To – as in toe

TthTtha – as in jaw Tthe – as in Jenny
Tthi – as in Jean Ttho – as in Joe

Ttha – as in chalk Tthe – as in check     Tthi – as in cheat Ttho – as in cho (TTH is unique to the Potawatomi alphabet. It signifies the sounds CH/J. Sometimes it is also written as TH.)

UThe vowel U does not seem to be used very much in the Potawatomi language.

WWa – as in want   We – as in wet    Wi – as in weed    Wo – as in woe

XI have not found the letter X used at all in any of my Indian writings.

YYa – as in yacht    Ye – as in yet     Yi – as in yield     Yo – as in yo-yo

ZAlthough there are a lot of places the letter Z could have been used, it does not appear on any of my Indian documents.