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Solomon Ratt is a first-language speaker of the th-dialect from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan. He teaches in both th- and y-dialects at First Nations University of Canada

12 Days of Christmas: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, with audio)

What do you get if you take a Christmas song that’s already loved for packing in a lot of nonsense, and translate it into Cree where the nonsense demands a whole lot more syllables? (Thanks, Sol: Love the hat!) A … Continue reading

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Eight Great Ways to Help Yourself Learn Cree: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

If you’d like to download all eight images at once for printing, click here for the pdf. Click here for a prayer to help with Step 5. Click the audio link to listen and read along:     8 kiskisiwina … Continue reading

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Solomon’s Christmas Cards 2017 (y- and th-dialects with audio)

Help spread the Christmas spirit in Cree with very best holiday wishes from the Cree Literacy Network. Download Solomon Ratt’s Christmas card images to print your own cards. And don’t forget to listen to the audio to practise your pronunciation! … Continue reading

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ithiniw-simâkanisihkânak / Indian Veterans: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

A new poem (2017) by Solomon Ratt to recognize the sacrifice of Indigenous Veterans, and the shameful treatment they received on their return.  Click here to read the story about Sol’s poem reported by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner: http://www.otc.ca/reconciliations/details/indigenous_veterans.html … Continue reading

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A Syllabic Text from Remy Wes

Remy Wes sent this image of a page of printed syllabics into the FaceBook Group nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day, asking for a translation. It turned into a big team effort, with help from lots of directions. Ultimately, it … Continue reading

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Man-made Rainbows: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

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î-nitotamahk kîsik: Rosanna Deerchild translated by Solomon Ratt

It’s so exciting to learn that the Cree edition of Rosanna Deerchild’s Calling Down the Sky – lovingly translated into th-dialect by the esteemed Solomon Ratt is ready for a launch at Winnipeg’s McNally Robinson on October 29th. Rosanna said early … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt’s First Trip to Residential School (th-dialect, audio)

For Orange Shirt Day, 30 September 2017 tahto-awâsis mistahi itîthimâw / ᑕᐦᑐᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐃᑏᖨᒫᐤ tahto-awâsis mistahi itêyimâw / ᑕᐦᑐᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᐃᑌᔨᒫᐤ Every child is thought of highly nikotwâsik nikî-itahtopiponân nistam kâ-kî-sipwîhtahikawiyân iskonikanihk ohci kita-nitawi-ayamihcikîyân kistapinânihk. All Saints Indian Student Residential … Continue reading

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What I did on Mid-term Break – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

It’s taken a while to get computers and software to cooperate, but I’ve finally managed to download this great video about the March 2017 language camp. Narration, transcription, translation and video wizardry *all* by Solomon Ratt. wahwâ nâpêw! Hope he’s … Continue reading

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Rescued from the West Coast Trail – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

kiyâpic nipimâtisin âta takî-nipiyân nîtî “West Coast Trail.’ misko î-kî-pwâkomopathiyân sôskwâc kâ-pakitinamân ninayahcikan, nimaskimot, ikwa ikota thîkawiskâhk kâ-ati-pimisiniyân, ikota mîskanâs î-pimamok. kita-pîthiskipîw ikota kîtahtawî ikwa namwâc ta-kaskihtâniwin awiyak ikota takî-pimohtît. ikota nipimisinin î-kanawâpamakwâw miskisiwak wâsakâm nipîhk. mitoni nisto tipahikan ithikohk … Continue reading

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