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n. pl. Potawatomi or Pot·a·wat·o·mis
1. A member of a Native American people variously located in Michigan, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northern Indiana in the 1600s to the 1800s, with present-day populations in Oklahoma, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ontario.
2. The Algonquian language of the Potawatomi.


(ˌpɒt əˈwɒt ə mi)

n., pl. -mis, (esp. collectively) -mi.
1. a member of an American Indian people residing in SW Michigan and E Wisconsin in the 17th century: later widely dispersed, and now living mainly in Kansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
2. the Algonquian language of the Potawatomi.
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Noun1.Potawatomi - a member of the Algonquian people originally of Michigan and WisconsinPotawatomi - a member of the Algonquian people originally of Michigan and Wisconsin
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
2.Potawatomi - the Algonquian language spoken by the Potawatomi
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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Gauged by the number of persons employed, the major tribes were the Cherokees (North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Oklahoma), Potawatomis (Michigan and Kansas), Creeks (Alabama and Oklahoma), Ojibways (Michigan and Ontario), Ottawas (Michigan and Kansas), Choctaws (Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Texas), and Shawnees (Kansas).
Near Council Bluffs (on the Missouri River, in western Iowa) they visited the Jesuits living among the Potawatomis.
Ainsi Nicolas Perrot relate en 1665 la negociation avec les tribus autour de Green Baie (la bale des puants) et souligne que, dans ce cadre, les Potawatomis offrent une captive aux Miamis pour les persuader de ne pas entrer dans une alliance avec les francais ; Nicolas Perrot, Memoir sur les moeurs, coustumes et religion des sauvages de l'Amerique septentrionale, Montreal, Comeau & Nadeau, coll.