Niben was the “time of plenty.” Villages would converge to dance, celebrate and play games, creating an interconnected framework that supported and strengthened Potawatomi people and culture. Traditional games of skill, including pegnegewen [stickball] and peskia [double-ball] were played as well as various games of chance such as mamkeznéwen [moccasin] and gwzegé’wen [bowl and dice].
Procuring foods in the warmer months took top priority, so as to secure enough food for customary events and the colder months. During Minkegises [Berry Picking Moon] these ceremonial and utilitarian foods were gathered by women and children from patches belonging to respective villages and families. Aside from nutrition, berries were used ornamentally on garments and as jewelry prior to the introduction of glass beads as well as natural dyes for clothing and various textiles. Etemengises [Strawberry Moon] was highly revered among Potawatomi, denoted by ceremonies honoring rites of passage for young women.