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.

Chapter Two Videos – Nouns

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

Posted in Audio (y-dialect), Books for Language Learners, How Cree Works, Learn New Words, Solomon Ratt, Video | Comments Off on Chapter Two Videos – Nouns

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

Posted in Book News, How Cree Works | 1 Comment

Video Lesson – Animacy and Transitive Verbs

Posted in How Cree Works, Solomon Ratt | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Video Lesson – “To Work”

Posted in How Cree Works, Solomon Ratt, Video | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cree language facts for editors of English and French: Standard Spelling

This article is about how SRO and Syllabics can be precisely equivalent in writing Cree. It is the third piece Dorothy Thunder and I have published through the Editors’ Association of Canada and the “Language Portal of Canada” — the … Continue reading

Posted in How Cree Works | Leave a comment

How to Use a Cree Dictionary

I’m not the only one who is deeply missing the contributions of Jeff Mühlbauer through his Moniyaw Linguist blog. Although the blog and its content have been taken down, I was grateful to recover a portion of his piece on … Continue reading

Posted in How Cree Works | Tagged , | 2 Comments

John Murdoch, 1981, on Syllabics

Although the Cree Literacy Network maintains its preference for Standard Roman Orthography, the syllabic system still retains a healthy collection of advocates. An interesting — but lengthy — read for both sides of the discussion is presented in the 1981 … Continue reading

Posted in How Cree Works, Syllabics | Tagged | Leave a comment

Cree language facts for editors of English and French: Gender

A second piece from Dorothy Thunder and me for the Editors’ Association of Canada and the “Language Portal of Canada” — the federal government’s online information site for language professionals. This one introduces the idea of Gender in Plains Cree. … Continue reading

Posted in How Cree Works | Leave a comment

Which Cree is which?

I don’t know if anybody knows with certainty how accurate these boundaries are. Cree dialect studies still need — and desserve — a lot of work. This map is useful, though, in creating a rough picture of the Cree language … Continue reading

Posted in Cree History, How Cree Works | 1 Comment

A new tool to play with!

It says “for children aged 10-13” but maybe they’ll let me try it anyway!     Experience and utilize this exciting web site and iPad application for children aged 10 – 13. Students can create digital stories (text, illustrations and … Continue reading

Posted in From the Mainstream, How Cree Works | Leave a comment