Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

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

A prayer to the four directions: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, y-dialect)

th-dialect: kisîmanitow, kinanâskomitin kotak kîsikâw î-mithiyan mâci-kîsikanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw mikisiw-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskawâsisa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpîthihtamowin. nipakitinâw cistîmâw; sâwanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw âpakosîs-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskâya ikwa kita-mîthit kisîwâtisowin. nipakitinîn paskwâwihkaskwa; pahkisimonihk isi nimawimôstamowâw paskwâwimostos-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât okîsohpikiwa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpiyawîsiwin. nipakitinîn wîhkaskwa; kîwîtinohk … Continue reading

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Indigenous People’s Day 2018 – Solomon Ratt

mitho-ithiniw-kîsikanisik  /  ᒥᖪᐃᖨᓂᐤᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ mino-ininiw-kîsikanisik  /  ᒥᓄᐃᓂᓂᐤᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ miyo-iyiniw-kîsikanisik  /  ᒥᐅ ᐃᔨᓂᐤ ᑮᓯᐊᑲᓂᓯᐠ Happy Indigenous People’s Day! Indigenous People’s Day falls on the Summer Solstice. We don’t have a word that means “solstice” but kâ-mâwaci-kino-kîsikâk means ‘longest day of the year’. It’s also … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 (th-dialect)

A recent request on nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day asked for a th-dialect version of the 23rd psalm, so committed heathen Solomon Ratt immediately jumped right to the rescue. Fortunately for us, Dolores Sand had already jumped to our … Continue reading

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Horse Lips: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, with audio)

  ohpimî kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk kî-astîw mînisihtakâw ikota mâna kî-ohci-mawisowak okiskinwahamâkîwak wîsakipicikwâsa, î-âh-asamihkoyahkwâw ispî kâ-atihtîki. mâka mâna mihcîtwâw nikî-nitawi-kimotinân. ᐅᐦᐱᒦ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᑮ ᐊᐢᑏᐤ ᒦᓂᓯᐦᑕᑳᐤ ᐃᑯᑕ ᒫᓇ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᒪᐏᓱᐘᐠ ᐅᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑮᐘᐠ ᐑᓴᑭᐱᒋᒁᓴ, ᐄ ᐋᐦ ᐊᓴᒥᐦᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᐊᑎᐦᑏᑭ᙮ ᒫᑲ ᒫᓇ ᒥᐦᒌᑤᐤ ᓂᑮ ᓂᑕᐏ … Continue reading

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Some Minimal Pairs from Solomon Ratt – With Audio

This great collection of minimal pairs from Solomon Ratt brings together words in Cree that differ by only one sound, some of which are commonly confused. It’s hard to elieve it originally appeared in 2013. We’re re-releasing it to include … Continue reading

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PhD Thesis Abstract: Full Text (Solomon Ratt)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing the dissertation abstract – both in English and in Cree – for us to study here, and thanks to Aydin Torkabadi for the really thoughtful gesture of respect for First Languages.  Read the full … Continue reading

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

In this post, we assemble 12 motivational posters in Cree from Solomon Ratt, all with QR codes (supplied by Ramona Washburn), so that (with the help of a cell phone app), the posters can actually read themselves aloud! They print … Continue reading

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Our Teachers: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

  âniski-kiskinwahamâkêk, tâpiskôc mîkiwahp, matotisân êkwa tipiskâwi-pîsim ᐋᓂᐢᑭᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑫᐠ, ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᒦᑭᐘᐦᑊ, ᒪᑐᑎᓵᐣ ᐁᑿ ᑎᐱᐢᑳᐏᐲᓯᒼ Teach from generation to generation, just like the tipi, the sweatlodge and the moon Thanks to Ramona Washburn for adding the QR code on the image below: … 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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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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