Neaseno Perrot

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As of 2018, Neaseno Perrot is one of only 5 recognizable Heritage fluent speakers of the Potawatomi language still alive in the United States.  Potawatomi is the language of the Potawatomi Nation, who were here before America ever was.  This endangered language is being archived, preserved, and revitalized by Neaseno, who has been teaching it back to his people for a little over 40 years.

Neaseno was born in 1939 on Powers Bluff in Wood County, Wisconsin, the last surviving member of his Potawatomi family to be born there.  An enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, he hails from a group who refused to settle on the reservation in Kansas, using funds acquired from various sources to purchase land in their homelands in the Great Lakes area and live their traditional lifeways.  Thus, Neaseno was raised speaking Potawatomi as his first language in his home, with the use of the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Ojibwe, and Odawa languages in his community.  He first learned English when he attended school at the age of 6. 
Neaseno has survived prostate cancer, open heart surgery, COPD and PTSD and lives for this beloved language of his, ode Bodewadmimwen eshnekadek.
We have all come to realize how important this language and culture is to all Potawatomi People and to preserve this language for all future generations.  As a patron, you will be supporting Neaseno's efforts to reclaim and revitalize the Potawatomi language, creating video lessons and a language archive with database. 

MIGWECH to all of Neaseno's students and supporters who have helped him to continue this work all of these years!

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