2. Protocol: age appropriate conduct  –  ka-ispitisihk isîhcikêwin – ᑲ ᐃᐢᐱᑎᓯᕁ ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᐣ

ProtocolSolomon Ratt: Cree Cultural Teachings – nêhiyaw-isîhcikêwin – ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤᐃᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧ

kayâs mâna mihcêtwâw nikî-nitawiminânân natimihk ita ohci kâ-kî-wîkiyâhk. niya, nîtisânak, nikâwiy êkwa pêyak nôhkom nikî-pôsinân mâna cîmânihk natimihk ê-isicimêyâhk ta-nitawiminêyâhk nohcimihk ita ê-ispatinâk. nikî-kospinân mâna êkwa nikî-mâh-mawisonân. namôya mâna kinwêsk âsay kâ-iskatêyihtamâhk ta-mawisoyâhk, niya, nistês êkwa pêyak nisîmis. nikî-mâh-mâci-mêtawânân êskwâ ê-mawisocik nikâwiy, nôhkom êkwa nisîmisak, aniki iskwêsisak. mêtoni mâna kapê-kîsik ê-mâh-mêtawêyâhk. piyisk kâ-ati-otâkosik nitêpwâtikonân nikâwiy êkwa kâ-takopâhtâyâhk nititikonân ta-nayahtâyâhk mînisa nâsipêtimihk isi. mêtoni mâna mistahi miscikowacisa ê-kî-sâh-sâkiskanâhtâcik iyinimina ohci. kî-kosikwanwa mâna anihi mînisa êkwa wâhyaw ta-isi-nayahtâyâhk nâsipêtimihk isi mâka namôya nânitaw nikî-itêyihtênân ayisk êkosi mâna kapê ê-kî-isi-atoskêhikawiyâhk niyanân nâpêsisak.

ᑲᔮᐢ  ᒫᓇ  ᒥᐦᒉᑖᐧᐤ  ᓂᑮ ᓂᑕᐃᐧᒥᓈᓈᐣ  ᓇᑎᒥᕁ  ᐃᑕ  ᐅᐦᒋ  ᑳ ᑮ ᐄᐧᑭᔮᐦᐠ᙮  ᓂᔭ,  ᓃᑎᓵᓇᐠ,  ᓂᑳᐃᐧᕀ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᐯᔭᐠ  ᓅᐦᑯᒼ  ᓂᑮ ᐴᓯᓈᐣ  ᒫᓇ  ᒌᒫᓂᕁ  ᓇᑎᒥᕁ  ᐁ ᐃᓯᒋᒣᔮᕁ  ᑕ ᓂᑕᐃᐧᒥᓀᔮᕁ  ᓄᐦᒋᒥᕁ  ᐃᑕ  ᐁ ᐃᐢᐸᑎᓈᐠ᙮  ᓂᑮ ᑯᐢᐱᓈᐣ  ᒫᓇ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᓂᑮ ᒫᐦ ᒪᐃᐧᓱᓈᐣ᙮  ᓇᒨᔭ  ᒫᓇ  ᑭᓀᐧᐢᐠ  ᐋᓴᕀ  ᑳ ᐃᐢᑲᑌᔨᐦᑕᒫᕁ  ᑕ ᒪᐃᐧᓱᔮᐦᐠ,  ᓂᔭ,  ᓂᐢᑌᐢ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᐯᔭᐠ  ᓂᓰᒥᐢ᙮  ᓂᑮ ᒫᐦ ᒫᒋ ᒣᑕᐋᐧᓈᐣ  ᐁᐢᑳᐧ  ᐁ ᒪᐃᐧᓱᒋᐠ  ᓂᑳᐃᐧᕀ,  ᓅᐦᑯᒼ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᓂᓰᒥᓴᐠ,  ᐊᓂᑭ  ᐃᐢᑫᐧᓯᓴᐠ᙮  ᒣᑐᓂ  ᒫᓇ  ᑲᐯ ᑮᓯᐠ  ᐁ ᒫᐦ ᒣᑕᐁᐧᔮᐦᐠ᙮  ᐱᔨᐢᐠ  ᑳ ᐊᑎ ᐅᑖᑯᓯᐠ  ᓂᑌᐹᐧᑎᑯᓈᐣ  ᓂᑳᐃᐧᕀ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᑳ ᑕᑯᐹᐦᑖᔮᕁ  ᓂᑎᑎᑯᓈᐣ  ᑕ ᓇᔭᐦᑖᔮᕁ  ᒦᓂᓴ  ᓈᓯᐯᑎᒥᕁ  ᐃᓯ᙮᙮᙮  ᒣᑐᓂ  ᒫᓇ  ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ  ᒥᐢᒋᑯᐊᐧᒋᓴ  ᐁ ᑮ ᓵᐦ ᓵᑭᐢᑲᓈᐦᑖᒋᐠ  ᐃᔨᓂᒥᓇ  ᐅᐦᒋ᙮  ᑮ ᑯᓯᑲᐧᓇᐧ  ᒫᓇ  ᐊᓂᐦᐃ  ᒦᓂᓴ  ᐁᑲᐧ  ᐋᐧᐦᔭᐤ  ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᓇᔭᐦᑖᔮᕁ  ᓈᓯᐯᑎᒥᕁ  ᐃᓯ  ᒫᑲ  ᓇᒨᔭ  ᓈᓂᑕᐤ  ᓂᑮ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑌᓈᐣ  ᐊᔨᐢᐠ  ᐁᑯᓯ  ᒫᓇ  ᑲᐯ  ᐁ ᑮ ᐃᓯ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐦᐃᑲᐃᐧᔮᕁ  ᓂᔭᓈᐣ  ᓈᐯᓯᓴᐠ᙮

A long time ago there were a lot of times we’d go berry picking up river from where we lived. Me, my siblings, my mother and one of my grandmothers went on board a canoe and paddled up-river to go berry-picking inland where there are high hills. We went inland into the bush and picked berries. It wasn’t long before I, my older brother and one of my younger siblings get tired of picking berries. We played while my mother, my grandmother and my younger siblings, those girls, picked berries. We played practically all day. Eventually, in the late afternoon our mother called for us and when we arrived running she told us to carry the berries on our backs to the shore of the lake. There were a lot of little boxes filled with blueberries. Those berries were heavy and we had to carry them far to the shore but we thought nothing of it because this is the way we boys were always made to work.

Word List

aniki ᐊᓂᑭ those
âsay ᐋᓴᕀ already
ati otâkosin ᐊᑎ ᐅᑖᑯᓯᐣ it begins to be evening (VII)
ayisk ᐊᔨᐢᐠ because
cîmân ᒌᒫᐣ canoe
êkosi ᐁᑯᓯ that’s the way
êskwâ ᐁᐢᑳᐧ while
isi atoskêhikawi ᐃᓯ ᐊᑐᐢᑫᐦᐃᑲᐃᐧ made to work that way (VAI)
isi cimê ᐃᓯᒋᒣ paddle that way
iskatêyihta ᐃᐢᑲᑌᔨᐦᑕ be tired of it (VTI-1)
iskwêsis ᐃᐢᑫᐧᓯᐢ girl
ispatinâw ᐃᐢᐸᑎᓈᐤ there is a high hill (VII)
ita ᐃᑕ where I
ita  ohci ᐃᑕ ᐅᐦᒋ from where
iyinimina ᐃᔨᓂᒥᓇ blueberries
kapê ᑲᐯ always
kapê kîsik ᑲᐯ ᑮᓯᐠ all day
kayâs ᑲᔮᐢ a long time ago
kinwêsk ᑭᓀᐧᐢᐠ a long time
kosikwan ᑯᓯᑲᐧᐣ it is heavy (VTI)
kospi ᑯᐢᐱ go inland (VAI)
mâci ᒫᒋ begin
mâka  namôya  nânitaw  nikî itêyihtênân ᒫᑲ ᓇᒨᔭ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᓂᑮ ᐃᑌᔨᐦᑌᓈᐣ I thought nothing of it
mâna ᒫᓇ usually
mawiso ᒪᐃᐧᓱ pick berries (VAI)
mêtawê ᒣᑕᐁᐧ play (VAI)
mêtoni ᒣᑐᓂ very
mêtoni  mâna ᒣᑐᓂ ᒫᓇ very often
mihcêtwâw ᒥᐦᒉᑖᐧᐤ lots of time
mînisa ᒦᓂᓴ berries
miscikowacis ᒥᐢᒋᑯᐊᐧᒋᐢ a small box
mistahi ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ a lot
namôya ᓇᒨᔭ not/no
nâpêsis ᓈᐯᓯᐢ boy
nâsipêtimihk  isi ᓈᓯᐯᑎᒥᐦᐠ ᐃᓯ toward shore
natimihk ᓇᑎᒥᕁ up river
nayahtâ ᓇᔭᐦᑖ carry it on back (VTI-2)
nikâwiy ᓂᑳᐃᐧᕀ my mother
nisîmis ᓂᓰᒥᐢ my younger sibling
nistês ᓂᐢᑌᐢ my older brother
nitawiminê ᓂᑕᐃᐧᒥᓀ go pick berries (VAI)
nitêpwâtikonân ᓂᑌᐹᐧᑎᑯᓈᐣ she calls us (VTA-Inv)
nîtisânak ᓃᑎᓵᓇᐠ my siblings
nititikonân ᓂᑎᑎᑯᓈᐣ she/he tells us (VTA-Inv)
niyanân ᓂᔭᓈᐣ us
nohcimihk ᓄᐦᒋᒥᕁ inland
nôhkom ᓅᐦᑯᒼ my grandmother
ohci ᐅᐦᒋ with
pêyak ᐯᔭᐠ one
piyisk ᐱᔨᐢᐠ eventually
pôsi ᐴᓯ board (VAI)
sâkaskanâhtâ ᓵᑲᐢᑲᓈᐦᑖ fill to the brim (VTI-2)
takopâhtâ ᑕᑯᐹᐦᑖ arrive in a run (VAI)
wâhyaw ᐋᐧᐦᔭᐤ far
wîki ᐄᐧᑭ reside (VAI)

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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