Tis the Season —

Christmas card designed by Stew Pidaso for the Facebook group, Nêhiyâwêwin/Cree Word of the Day, Nov/11

 

 

 

To learn to say “Merry Christmas” in Cree!
In Plains Cree (y-dialect) from Arok Wolvengrey:
To one person:
miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisi!
ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯ
[mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sih]
Have a Merry Christmas!

To more than one person:
miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisik!
ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ
[mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sihk]
Have a Merry Christmas!

To one person:
mahti ka-wî-miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisin
ᒪᐦᑎ   ᑲ  ᐑ  ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐣ
[muh TIH kuh wee mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sin]
May you have a Merry Christmas Day!

To more than one person:
mahti ka-wî-miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisinâwâw
ᒪᐦᑎ    ᑲ  ᐑ  ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ   ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᓈᐚ
[muh TIH kuh wee mee yo MUN toe kee sig gun SIN now wow]
May you have a Merry Christmas Day!

In Woods Cree (th-dialect)
Replace the Y in miyo- with TH, but make the same changes as in Plains Cree for more than one person).

In Woods Cree (th-dialect) from Solomon Ratt:
mitho-makosîkîsikanisik ikwa ka-mithopathihkonâwâ kâ-pî-oskaskîwak
ᒥᖪ  ᒪᑯᓰᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ   ᐃᑿ   ᒥ ᖪᐸᖨᐦᑯᓈᐚ    ᑳ ᐲ ᐅᐢᑲᐢᑮᐘᐠ
Have a good Christmas and may good fortune happen on this coming New Year.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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