Category Archives: Audio (th-dialect)

Canada, O Canada, 150 Years – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect with audio)

Cultural appropriation is big news in Canada this week. This photo of FN residential school students, dressed up by non-FN teachers to look like the “right kind” of Indians is an unfortunately apt illustration of how authentic First Nations culture can … Continue reading

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Wîsahkêcâhk and the Chickadee – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

It’s late in the season for this Wîsahkêcâhk story – so you may have to look for some snow while you’re listening – but thanks to Ben Godden for his amazing work transcribing the story-telling juggernaut that is Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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“Lest I Forget” Solomon Ratt (audio, th-dialect)

kâkikî nika-kiskisin kâ-kî-awâsisiwiyân ispî kâ-kî-kwâsihikawiyân nîkihk ohci ta-nitawi-ayamihcikiyân ohpimî, wahthaw nîkihk ohci. kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-mîtawâkâtâwak kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-wanihcik, kahkithaw awâsisak kâ-kî-nipahihcik, namwâc nika-kistîthimihâwak kîspin wanikiskisitotawakwâwi. kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihon; kîspin wanikiskisiyâni nika-wanihâw nitahcahk. ᑳᑭᑮ ᓂᑲ ᑭᐢᑭᓯᐣ ᑳ ᑮ ᐊᐚᓯᓯᐏᔮᐣ ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᒁᓯᐦᐃᑲᐏᔮᐣ ᓃᑭᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑭᔮᐣ … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: International Mother Tongue Day, 21 February 2017 (th-dialect with audio)

ninanâskomon ôma kâ-pî-ispathik ithiniw-pîkiskwîwin kîsikâw. ninanâskomâwak nitâniskô-wâhkôwâhkômâkanak kâ-pî-âniskô-kiskinwahamâkoyahkwâw nîhithaw-isîhcikîwin mîna nîhithawâtisiwin, nîhithaw-pimâtisiwin. nipakosîthimon ôtî-nîkân kitâniskôtâpâninawak kitâti-âniskô-kiskinwahamawâcik ocawâsimisiwâwa, ôsisimiwâwa, kahkithaw nîhithawâtisiwin. ikwa anohc, âhkamîthimok, âh-âcathohkâtitok, nîhithawîstamâtitok. iyisâhok ta-wanihtâyîk kipîkiskwîwininaw. ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ  ᐆᒪ  ᑳᐱᐃᐢᐸᖨᐠ  ᐃᖨᓂᐤ ᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ  ᑮᓯᑳᐤ᙮ ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒫᐘᐠ ᓂᑖᓂᐢᑰᐚᐦᑰᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓇᐠ  ᑳᐲᐋᓂᐢᑰᑭᐢᑭᐣᐘᐦᐊᒫᑯᔭᐦᒁᐤ ᓃᐦᐃᖬᐤ ᐃᓰᐦᒋᑮᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ … Continue reading

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nîhithaw âcimowina / Woods Cree Stories: Introduction (th-dialect, audio)

Thanks, Solomon, for providing this text from the Introduction to your book of Woods Cree stories – in audio form for reading along! Learn more about  this book (or even find links to order a copy of your own) at

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Solomon Ratt: Wîsahkêcâhk and the Moose (y-dialect, video)


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wîsahkîcâhk and the wîhtikow (th-dialect, video)

Recorded in honour of Aboriginal Story Telling Month, February 2016. Traditionally, stories of Wîsahkêcâhk could only be told when the ground was covered with snow. Although the text for this story is arranged in a table to make it easier … Continue reading

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tipiskâwi-pîsim kîthânaw / We are moon: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, with audio)

pithîsowak kîthânaw; wâsaskotîpathowin kîthânaw; tipiskâwi-pîsim kîthânaw î-wastînamâkiyahk kaski-tipiskahk. ᑭᖩᓱᐘᐠ  ᑮᖭᓇᐤ ᐚᓴᐢᑯᑏᐸᖪᐏᐣ  ᑮᖭᓇᐤ ᑎᐱᐢᑳᐏᐲᓯᒼ  ᑮᖭᓇᐤ ᐄᐘᐢᑏᓇᒫᑭᔭᕽ  ᑲᐢᑭᑎᐱᐢᑲᕽ We are thunder; We are lightning; We are moon; shedding light in the dark of night. Sol says: “Story about this: I woke up … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: About Cree Names (th-dialect)

The students in Sol’s Cree 225 class made him write this down because they couldn’t stop laughing when he told it in class. There are rules about when (and by whom) hilarious Cree nicknames can be used – just like there are rules … Continue reading

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For Orange Shirt Day: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Thanks to Sol for sharing his own reflections on intergenerational damage in honour of Orange Shirt Day. This was not an easy story to record – but it’s a powerful piece to share, especially to show Sol’s resilience in the … Continue reading

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