Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

Solomon Zombie Ratt

Solomon Zombie Ratt

miyo-cîpayi-tipiskâwinisik

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for sharing this list of Halloween vocabulary last year on Facebook, and to Sol for posing for this special-occasion portrait (as well as recording the vocabulary, divided into three audio files).

Apples to Flying:

Ghost to Stab:

Vampire, Witch, Zombie

EnglishSRO (y-dialect from Wayne Goodspirit)Syllabic
applespicikwâsakᐱᒋᒁᐘᐠ
batapahkwâcîsᐊᐸᐦᒁᒌᐢ
bite (bite right off someone)kîskamᑮᐢᑲᒼ
bite (bite someone)tahkwamᑕᐦᑿᒼ
bite (take bite off something)
black catkaskitêw-minôsᑲᐢᑭᑌᐤ ᒥᓅᐢ
broomstickwêpahikan, wêpahikanâhtikᐍᐸᐦᐃᑲᐣ
candied applessîwipicikwâsakᓰᐏᐱᒋᒁᓴᐠ
candiesmaskihkîsak, sîwinôsak ᒪᐢᑭᐦᑮᓴᐠ
costumeayiwinsîkân, wawiyasêhowin ᐊᔨᐏᐣᓰᑳᐣ
cut (cuts someone through)kîskahw (VTA), kîskisa (VTI) ᑮᐢᑲᐦᐤ
cut (cuts someone)manisw (VTA); manis (VTI)ᒪᓂᐢᐤ
darktipiskâhki, tipiskâki ᑎᐱᐢᑳᐦᑭ
dark (when it gets dark)wani-tipiskâhki/wani-tipiskâki ᐘᓂᑎᐱᐢᑲᐦᑭ
devilmacâyis, maci-manitowᒪᒑᔨᐢ, ᒪᒋᒪᓂᑐᐤ
eat (eat someone)môw ᒨᐤ
fear of somethingka-kostamihkᑲᑯᐢᑕᒥᕽ
flying (noun)pimihâwinᐱᒥᐦᐋᐏᐣ
flying (verb)pimihâᐱᒥᐦᐋ
ghostcîpayᒌᐸᐩ
gutsmitakisiyaᒥᑕᑭᓯᔭ
hair standing on endê-cimatêyiki-wêscakâsaᐁᒋᒪᑌᔨᑭ ᐍᐢᒐᑳᓴ
haunted housecîpay-kamik, âmatisowinᒌᐸᐩᑲᒥᐠ, ᐋᒪᑎᓱᐏᐣ
headmistikwânᒥᐢᑎᒁᐣ
kill (someone)nipahᓂᐸᐦ
maskmihkwâkanihkânᒥᐦᒁᑲᓂᐦᑳᐣ
moontipiskâw pîsimᑎᐱᐢᑳᐤ ᐲᓯᒼ
moonlightnîpâyâstêwᓃᐹᔮᐢᑌᐤ
nighttipiskâwᑎᐱᐢᑳᐤ
nightmaremaci-pawâmi, kostâcêhkwâmiᒪᒋᐸᐚᒥ, ᑯᐢᑖᒉᒁᒥ
possessê-kikiskâkot ê-macâyit, ê-macâyitᐁᑭᑭᐢᑳᑯᐟ ᐁᒪᒑᔨᐟ, ᐁᒪᒑᔨᐟ
possessed dollsmacâyawâsisihkânᒪᒑᔭᐚᓯᓯᐦᑳᐣ
pumpkinosâwipakᐅᓵᐏᐸᐠ
scaredsêkisiwᓭᑭᓯ
screamtâcikwêwᑖᒋᑵ
shiversêkiwêpayi, kostâcêwipayi, nanamipayi ᓭᑭᐍᐸᔨ, ᑯᑖᒉᐏᐸᔨ
skeletoncîpay-oskanaᒌᐸᐩ ᐅᐢᑲᓇ
snakekinêpikᑭᓀᐱᐠ
spiderapihkêsîs, ohcapihkêsîsᐊᐱᐦᑫᓰᐢ, ᐅᐦᒐᐱᐦᑫᓰᐢ
spider webapihkêsîs-ayapiyᐊᐱᐦᑫᓰᐢᐊᔭᐱᐩ
stab (stab someone)tahkamᑕᐦᑲᒼ
vampiremihko kâ-ôtâtahkᒥᐦᑯ
witchkiskwêkân-iskwêw, pawâkan iskwêwᑭᐢᑵᑳᐣ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ, ᐸᐚᑲᐣ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ
wolfmahihkanᒪᐦᐄᑲᐣ
wolfmanmahihkanêwiyiniwᒪᐦᐄᑲᓀᐏᔨᓂᐤ
yelltêpwêᑌᐻ
zombieonipiw ê-pimohtêtᐅᓂᐱᐤ ᐁᐱᒧᐦᑌᐟ

 

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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One Response to Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

  1. Arden Ogg says:

    Thanks to Diana Steinhauer who has written with concern about the word for “witch” used here – and a subject (vocabulary and cosmology) worth further discussion:

    “Simply, I take huge objection to the use of the word kīskwēhkaniskwēw to be publicly posted in a forum that has as its audience, language teachers, to mean witch. It is part of our spiritually grounded cosmology that was known to the missionaries and clergy who have accorded a ‘heathen and pagan’ interpretation to its use.”

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