Category Archives: How Cree Works

Some longer lessons here that explain *about* Cree: the way words are organized by gender; how dialects are related; some of the many ways that Cree *is not* English.

Beyond the Kinship System: About Family Relationships

Today while families are gathering for Thanksgiving (or at least, to share a good meal of turkey!) seems like a good time to share Doug Cuthand’s May 2016 piece about family ties. Published in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix appeared under the … Continue reading

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Cree language facts for editors of English and French: The Cree Language Family

This article written for the Language Portal of Canada was originally published on 17 June 2013 (it was also translated into French for that site). Since it is no longer available online, I am reproducing it here.  Special thanks to … Continue reading

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Why the French can throw away their hats – But we still need them for written Cree

Yesterday’s news of spelling reforms in France – eliminating most (but not all) uses of the circumflex accent – is an interesting comment on the information we get from spelling – and on the information we need. (In case you haven’t seen … Continue reading

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Sounds of SRO

Listen and copy Solomon Ratt reading the sounds of SRO. This page includes chants to help remember both the consonant and the vowel sounds. Consonant Sounds: Scroll to the bottom of this page for a downloadable mp3 audio file. c-c-c-c: cêskwa, … Continue reading

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Chapters Seven & Eight Videos – VTA & VTI (Transitive Verbs)

kiya mâka Colours and Clothing  

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Reading Plains Cree in SRO

Note: This introductory lesson closely follows Chapter 3 of How to Spell it in Cree (The Standard Roman Orthography) written and published by Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey in 2008. Where the original chapter addresses inter-dialect issues, this version (edited … Continue reading

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Chapter Three Videos – Prepositions, Locatives, Demonstratives

awa/ôma Interrogative Pronouns  

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Chapter Two Videos – Nouns

How Animacy Works Animacy and Food Part One Animacy and Food Part Two  

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A gift for ocêhtowi-kîsikâw,* from Arok Wolvengrey and Jean Okimâsis

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn or use more Cree, you will find this downloadable pdf to be a helpful gift! How to Spell it in Cree was written to help those who are fluent speakers learn to spell in SRO. … Continue reading

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Video Lesson – Animacy and Transitive Verbs

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