Neshnabek: The People Part 2 (1930's Potawatomi Documentary)
The 1930's footage is being presented to remember our old ones and never forget the hardships they endured in continuing being who they were born into the world as... True Neshnabek. Without money and living in appalling poverty, the Potawatomis of Kansas would remain true to who they were and would be one of the richest Potawatomi bands through language, prayer, song, dance, customs, and traditions, being one with earth and respecting the spirit world of the living, the dead, and those yet to be born.
This footage contains one of the last traditional Potawatomi bands, the Prairie Band of Mayetta, Kansas, that was taken during the 1930's. Although there were many obstacles, mainly the American government and forced relocation, the Prairie band would persevere and continue to follow the old ways of their Neshnabek ancestors. This footage shows some of the last true traditionals that would later struggle to continue the ways of their people due to American influence, government, corporations, industrial pollution, politics, and racism.
0:01 Clayton Bear's archery games, Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation, Mayetta, Kansas.
0:30 Clayton Bear (Potawatomi)
2:38 James Wahb-No-Sah (Potawatomi) drumming, right side, in overalls
2:44 Mrs. Rosanne Potts (Ka-O-Ko-Mo-Quah) in camp dress, mother of James Wahb-No-Sah. Is sitting right side of two young girls
3:01 James Wahb-no-Sah drumming right side in overalls
3:10 Two drummers right side is James Wahb-No-Sah. His mother Mrs. Rosann Potts (Ka-O-Ko-Mo-Quah) sitting right side.
3:23 Women's round dance
3:40 Man and woman two-step
3:46 Mrs. Rosanne Potts (Ka-O-Ko-Mo-Quah) preparing food in iron kettle
4:51 Cutting away knotty growth on a burl or elm to make traditional bowls, spoons, and ladles
5:15 Mrs. Josie McKinney (Kit-Tas) preparing hides.
7:02 Four Potawatomi women gathered playing traditional games (social customs)
7:26 Mrs. Rosann Potts (Ka-O-Ko-Mo-Quah) under tree with small iron kettle
7:50 Traditional Potawatomi beader working with loom and weaving
8:39 Harvesting/ preparing