Neal McLeod Day 102: nakawiyiniwak / Saulteaux

UR100I’m not promising we’ll get all the way to 200, but while we wait for Neal’s new book to come out via University of Regina Press, we can enjoy some of Neal’s newer Cree word studies via Facebook.

nakawiyiniwak ‘Saulteaux’

My understanding of the meaning of this term is that because the Saulteaux shortened their words, from a Cree perspective, they were called the ones who “ended their words.” I stand to be corrected of course, but that is the best that I know.

The interrelationship between Saulteaux and Cree cannot be underestimated. Both nations have influenced each other greatly and deeply over the centuries. In fact, the interrelationship has been so profound that distinct communities of fused linguistic identity exist- e.g. the Oji-Crees.

I really think that in the study of Cree if you know some Ojibway it really helps. By knowing Ojibway/ Saulteaux, one is able to understand the deep meanings of some of the Cree morphemes.

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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