Category Archives: Poetry

Solomon Ratt: Beauty Way (y-dialect)

Photograph and translation into Cree by Solomon Ratt from the traditional Navajo verse.

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Rosanna Deerchild – Translated by Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, with audio)

It’s been exciting to see Rosanna’s beautiful book, Calling Down the Sky (Bookland, 2015) nominated for so many literary awards this spring. Rosanna’s telling of her mama’s residential school story brought tears to many eyes at the 47th Algonquian Conference last October, where I got … Continue reading

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Rosanna Deerchild: when i think of mama in residential school (th-dialect)

Apologies! This post has moved here: http://wp.me/p796T1-16l Please click the link to find Rosanna Deerchild’s poem translated by Solomon Ratt (with audio)  

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Solomon Ratt: My Life

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Sunset Haiku by Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Fresh from Solomon Ratt, capturing the beauty of a blood-red Saskatchewan sunset in Haiku form. I bet you can’t even explain “Haiku” in Cree in less than 17 syllables! ê-pahkisimok, mihkwânaskwâw, miywâsin; kisâstaw mihko… The sun is setting, The sky is … Continue reading

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In Honour of the TRC Report: ahkamêyimok! (y-dialect)

With thanks to Solomon Ratt – and his ability to thrive against all odds – for helping express these thoughts in Cree: kimâmiyonêyimitinân mîna kimawimôstamâtinân kahkiyaw iyiniwak ohpimê wîkiwâhk ohci kâ-kî-nitawi-kiskinwahamâkosicik; ka-miyo-tôtâkosiyêk mîna ka-sôhkisiyêk. mistahi pê-âyiman kâ-mâmawi-kitimahikawêyêk mâka mîna kisôhkisinâwâw kiyâpic âtiht … Continue reading

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National Aboriginal Languages Day 2015: ahkami-nêhiyawêtân

Today in celebrating National Aboriginal Languages Day – I’m also thinking of Freda Ahenakew who made the Cree language her life’s work. The fourth anniversary of Freda’s passing is April 8th. In honour of Freda, and in honour of the day, Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt, 2013: “On the Threshold of a Dream” (y-dialect)

Click the player to listen and read along with Solomon. Click the link at the bottom of the page to download the sound file. Please email me at creeliteracy<at>gmail.com if you’d like a higher resolution copy of this image for … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: There is Harmony Again (y-dialect)

Click to listen and read along. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download the audio. This piece is written (and read) in y-dialect. Click here to download audio recording.

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tapahtêyimiso: Be Humble

tapahtêyimiso cikêmâ askîhk ê-ohcîyan;  kistêyihtâkosi cikêmâ acâhkosihk ê-ohciyan. ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓱ  ᒋᑮᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯ  ᒋᑫᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ᙮  Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars. (Unattributed quote translated by … Continue reading

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