Category Archives: Prayers

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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Finding Cree in Unexpected Places: Gail Bowen

Saskatchewan mystery writer Gail Bowen has written many strong, Cree characters into her Joanne Kilbourn Mystery Series over the years, but a prayer in Plains Cree in What’s Left Behind (2016, page 59) certainly takes things to the next level as … Continue reading

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Thinking – in Cree – of our Murdered and Missing Women and Girls (y-dialect, audio)

Solomon Ratt translated the phrases shown on these images at the request of Jacqueline Anaquod for the Sisters in Spirit Gathering, 4 October 2016. She asked for the words in Cree to reflect on our murdered and missing women and … Continue reading

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A Prayer to Greet the Day: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

  kisê-manitow; kinanâskomitin kotak kîsikâw ê-miyiyan. nipakosêyimon anohc ta-miyiyan sîpêyihtamowin, kisêwâtisiwin, sipiyawêsiwin, mîna sâkihitowin. sawêyimik kahkiyaw nitôtêmak mîna niwâhkômâkanak. hay hay. ᑭᓭ ᒪᓂᑐᐤ:  ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ  ᑯᑕᐠ  ᑮᓯᑳᐤ  ᐁ ᒥᔨᔭᐣ᙮ ᓂᐸᑯᓭᔨᒧᐣ ᐊᐦᐨ  ᑕ ᒥᔨᔨᐊᐣ ᓰᐯᔨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣ, ᑭᓭᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ, ᓯᐱᔭᐍᓯᐏᐣ, ᒦᓇ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ᙮ ᓴᐍᔨᒥᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᓂᑑᑌᒪᐠ … Continue reading

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Serenity Prayer: Solomon Ratt (y- and th-dialects)

y-dialect kisêmanito, miyin: waniskêwin ta-pakitêyihtamân kîkwây kâ-wî-wanâhikoyân; sôhkitêhêwin ta-kwêskinamân kîkwây takî-tipêyihtamân; êkwa iyinîsiwin ta-nisitawinamân tânimêwako ta-kaskihtâyân ᑭᓭᒪᓂᑐ, ᒥᔨᐣ: ᐘᓂᐢᑫᐏᐣ ᑕ ᐸᑭᑌᔨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑮᒁᐩ ᑳ ᐑ ᐘᓈᐦᐃᑯᔮᐣ ᓲᐦᑭᑌᐦᐁᐏᐣ ᑕ ᑵᐢᑭᓇᒫᐣ ᑮᒁᐩ ᑕᑮ ᑌᐯᔨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐁᑿ ᐃᔨᓃᓯᐏᐣ ᑕ ᓂᓯᑕᐏᓇᒫᐣ ᑖᓂᒣᐘᑯ ᑕ ᑲᐢᑭᐦᑖᔮᐣ th-dialect kisîmanito, … Continue reading

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