piyêsîsak – Birds

Perisoreus_Canadensis : Whisky Jack from Wikimedia Commons; Click image to see full details

wîskicâk : Perisoreus_Canadensis : Grey Jay, now the national bird of Canada

The wîskicâk, known in English as the Grey Jay or Whisky Jack has just become Canada’s National Bird (November 2016).  Read more about the selection process (and see some stunning photos) at Canadian Geographic.

Read about the “Canadians” who claim they’ve never heard of it – though it’s obviously old news in Cree: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/gray-jay-canadians-ruffled-over-national-bird-they-ve-never-heard-of-1.3164852.

Solomon Ratt gathered the following words from nêhiyawêwin: itwêwina / Cree: Words by Arok Wolvengrey. CPRC, 2001. He comments that he may have misspelled a few and isn’t sure the list is exhaustive for the birds seen in Saskatchewan (or in western Canada). How great would it be if we could now gather a collection of corresponding images?

Bald eagle mikisiw ᒥᑭᓯᐤ
Bird piyêsîs ᐱᔦᓰᐢ
Bittern mohkahasiw ᒧᐦᑲᐦᐊᓯᐤ
Black bird cahcahkâyow ᒐᐦᒐᐦᑳᔪᐤ
Black duck kaskitêsip ᑲᐢᑭᑌᓯᑊ
Blue heron mohkahasiw ᒧᐦᑲᐦᐊᓯᐤ
Blue jay kwîhkwîsiw ᑹᐦᑹᓯᐤ
Blue wing duck yîkihcikanawêwisip ᔩᑭᐦᒋᑲᓇᐍᐏᓯᑊ
Brown duck osâwisip ᐅᓵᐏᓯᑊ
Bull finch oskanêw ᐅᐢᑲᓀᐤ
Canada goose kihci niska ᑭᐦᒋ ᓂᐢᑲ
Canary osâwi piyêsîs ᐅᓵᐏ ᐱᔦᓰᐢ
Canvasback duck misikwâyowêwisip ᒥᓯᒁᔪᐍᐏᓯᑊ
Chickadee kicikîsosîs ᑭᒋᑮᓱᓰᐢ
Chickadee picikîskosîs ᐱᒋᑮᐢᑯᓰᐢ
Chickadee kicîskosîs ᑭᒌᐢᑯᓰᐢ
Chicken misihyêw ᒥᓯᐦᔦᐤ
Chicken pâhkahâhkwân ᐹᐦᑲᐦᐋᐦᒁᐣ
Chicken pâhpahâkwân ᐹᐦᐸᐦᐋᒁᐣ
Chicken hawk pipon âyis ᐱᐳᐣ ᐋᔨᐢ
Coot sihkihp ᓯᐦᑭᐦᑊ
Cormorant kâhkâkîsip ᑳᐦᑳᑮᓯᑊ
Crane ocihcahk ᐅᒋᐦᒐᕽ
Crane cahcahkiw ᒐᐦᒐᐦᑭᐤ
Crow âhâsiw ᐋᐦᐋᓯᐤ
Crow duck kâhkâkîsip ᑳᐦᑳᑮᓯᑊ
Diver (Hell diver) duck sihkihp ᓯᐦᑭᐦᑊ
Dove omîmîw ᐅᒦᒦᐤ
Duck sîsîp ᓰᓰᑊ
Duck hawk nôcinîwihêsiw ᓅᒋᓃᐏᐦᐁᓯᐤ
Eagle kihêw ᑭᐦᐁᐤ
Eagle kihiw ᑭᐦᐃᐤ
Eagle mikisiw ᒥᑭᓯᐤ
Falcon kêhkêhk ᑫᐦᑫᕽ
Fish duck ohcihk ᐅᐦᒋᕽ
Frog eater duck wâsahacaskwêsiw ᐚᓴᐦᐊᒐᐢᑵᓯᐤ
Goose niska ᓂᐢᑲ
Grey Jay wîskicâk, wîskicân ᐑᐢᑭᒑᐠ, ᐑᐢᑭᒑᐣ
Grouse pihêw ᐱᐦᐁᐤ
Gull kiyâsk ᑭᔮᐢᐠ
Hawk kêhkêhk ᑫᐦᑫᕽ
Hawk (large) sâkwahtamow ᓵᑿᐦᑕᒧᐤ
Hawk (night) pîskwa ᐲᐢᑿ
Heron misi mohkahaisw ᒥᓯ ᒧᐦᑲᐦᐊᐃᐢᐤ
Horned owl ohtawkêhow ᐅᐦᑕᐤᑫᐦᐅᐤ
Hummingbird âmowi-piyêsîs ᐋᒧᐏ ᐱᔦᓰᐢ
Killdeer otâpiskâkanêsîs ᐅᑖᐱᐢᑳᑲᓀᓰᐢ
Kingfisher okîskimanasiw ᐅᑮᐢᑭᒪᓇᓯᐤ
Laughing goose apisci niskis ᐊᐱᐢᒋ ᓂᐢᑭᐢ
Loon mâkwa ᒫᑿ
Loon mwâkwa ᒹᑿ
Magpie apisci kahkâkîs ᐊᐱᐢᒋ ᑲᐦᑳᑮᐢ
Mallard iyinisip ᐃᔨᓂᓯᑊ
Meadowlark tâpikâkanêsîs ᑖᐱᑳᑲᓀᓰᐢ
Mud hen oskacânisip ᐅᐢᑲᒑᓂᓯᑊ
Mud hen wîskacêsip ᐑᐢᑲᒉᓯᑊ
Night owl pâhkwêkan ᐹᐦᑵᑲᐣ
Osprey apiskway ᐊᐱᐢᑿᕀ
Owl ôhôw ᐆᐦᐆᐤ
Partridge paspaskiw ᐸᐢᐸᐢᑭᐤ
Partridge âhkiskôs ᐋᐦᑭᐢᑰᐢ
Pelican cahcakiw ᒐᐦᒐᑭᐤ
Pheasant âhkiskow ᐋᐦᑭᐢᑯᐤ
Pigeon omîmîw ᐅᒦᒦᐤ
Pintail duck kinokwayawêwisip ᑭᓄᑿᔭᐍᐏᓯᑊ
Plover sêsêsiw ᓭᓭᓯᐤ
Prairie chicken pihêw ᐱᐦᐁᐤ
Quail paspaskiw ᐸᐢᐸᐢᑭᐤ
Raven kâhkâkiw ᑳᐦᑳᑭᐤ
Red-headed duck mihkostikwânêwisip ᒥᐦᑯᐢᑎᒁᓀᐏᓯᑊ
Robin pihpihciw ᐱᐦᐱᐦᒋᐤ
Rooster nape pâhkahahkwân ᓇᐯ ᐹᐦᑲᐦᐊᐦᒁᐣ
Ruffed grouse paspaskiw ᐸᐢᐸᐢᑭᐤ
Small summer bird nîpinêsîs ᓃᐱᓀᓰᐢ
Small wild bird pakwâc âyis ᐸᒁᐨ ᐋᔨᐢ
Snipe sêsêsiw ᓭᓭᓯᐤ
Snow goose wêhwêw ᐍᐦᐍᐤ
Song sparrow kaskaskacîscacay ᑲᐢᑲᐢᑲᒌᐢᒐᒐᕀ
Sparrow hawk pîhpîkisîs ᐲᐦᐲᑭᓰᐢ
Spoonbill duck kinokwayawêwisip ᑭᓄᑿᔭᐍᐏᓯᑊ
Spruce grouse sakâwi pihêw ᓴᑳᐏ ᐱᐦᐁᐤ
Spruce partridge oskahtako pihêw ᐅᐢᑲᐦᑕᑯ ᐱᐦᐁᐤ
Swallow mîcaskosîs ᒦᒐᐢᑯᓰᐢ
Swan wâpisiw ᐚᐱᓯᐤ
Teal apiscisipis ᐊᐱᐢᒋᓯᐱᐢ
Tomtit apisci kîskisîs ᐊᐱᐢᒋ ᑮᐢᑭᓰᐢ
Turkey misihêw ᒥᓯᐦᐁᐤ
Turkey misihyêw ᒥᓯᐦᔦᐤ
Water bird sêsêsiw ᓭᓭᓯᐤ
Water hen câcikacêsip ᒑᒋᑲᒉᓯᑊ
Wavey duck wêhwêw ᐍᐦᐍᐤ
Whisky jack wîskacâk, wîskacân ᐑᐢᑲᒑᐠ, ᐑᐢᑭᒑᐣ
White dove wâpiski mîmîs ᐚᐱᐢᑭ ᒦᒦᐢ
White grouse kicikânêsîs ᑭᒋᑳᓀᓰᐢ
Winter bird pipon ayis ᐱᐳᐣ ᐊᔨᐢ
Winter sunbird kicikânêsîs ᑭᒋᑳᓀᓰᐢ
Wood duck amiskosip ᐊᒥᐢᑯᓯᑊ
Wood partridge sakâwi pihêw ᓴᑳᐏ ᐱᐦᐁᐤ
Woodpecker pâhpâscês ᐹᐦᐹᐢᒉᐢ
Wren picikîskosîs ᐱᒋᑮᐢᑯᓰᐢ
Yellow bird osâwi piyêsîs ᐅᓵᐏ ᐱᔦᓰᐢ
Yellow throated bunting ocihcipisîs ᐅᒋᐦᒋᐱᓰᐢ

 

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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