According to the Ethnologue, there are 1250 speakers in Canada and 50 in the US. The APWAD blog says there are less than 20 in the US.
Along with the Algonquin, Nipissing, Oji-Cree and Odawa, the Potawatomi are an Ojibwe people, and one of the interesting aspects of Ojibwe culture is the use of birch bark scrolls, known as wiigwaasabak and mide-wiigwaas. These scrolls have complex glyphs (writing symbols), though according to Wikipedia, not much is known about them due to their secret nature.
Many resources are available for learning Potawatomi.
- The Facebook page Potawatomi Language (Bodewadmimwen) – an open group with language lessons
- The Neaseno store with links to learning materials as well as a wall clock
- Online classes, beginners on Monday and advanced on Wednesday
- In-person classes
- The APWAD blog (from Neaseno) with vocabulary lessons provided 62 months and counting
- Potawatomi Language Words-Phrases of the Week
- Primary and secondary education
- Online games – including a Tetris-like game where you must type words you hear
- Instructor training as a part of Project Ewikkendaswat Ekenomagewat
- An online pot <> eng dictionary
- Native Languages – always an excellent resource