Category Archives: Audio (y-dialect)

University of Saskatchewan Honour Song

This honour song, posted by the University of Saskatchewan was composed by the late Tyrone Tootoosis. Tootoosis was approached following traditional First Nations protocol, to create a song making reference to “A Treaty Right to Education.” http://aboriginal.usask.ca/about/first-nation-and-metis-relations.php#Music

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Chamakese & Gladue – Honour Our Women (video, y-dialect)

Thanks to Jason Chamakese for permission to post this song in Cree, honouring women. Jason is playing the flute, while Robert Gladue sings and drums. (I first found the song when Sylvia Mcadam Saysewahum shared it on Facebook). They describe … Continue reading

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Canada 150: Let’s celebrate survival – Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Canada 150 years celebrations…but what do we First Nations people celebrate? Let’s celebrate that we still speak our languages; let’s celebrate that we still follow our traditions; let’s celebrate our resilience; let’s celebrate that we still live on our land … Continue reading

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iskwêwak / ᐃᐢᑵᐘᐠ / Women – Solomon Ratt (audio, y-dialect)

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Solomon Ratt: Elements of Cree Culture

Thanks to Falene McKenna and Bradley Robinson who produced these graphics from Solomon Ratt’s original hand drawings, for allowing us to share them here. They present and organize – in Cree and in English – key elements of Cree culture … Continue reading

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Wîsahkêcâhk Goes South: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, y-dialect with audio)

Thanks to Sol for this story, and to Ben Godden for all his work translating and transliterating Sol’s original th-dialect telling into y-dialect. Fabulous teamwork! mâmaskâc!

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tâniwâ / Where? Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, with audio)

One important way in which Cree differs from English has to do with verb number and gender agreement. In English there is only one “where” – and it works any place you’ve got a question about location. In Cree, the word … Continue reading

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Standing with Standing Rock: Water is Life (y-dialect, audio)

Thanks to Isaac Murdoch for permission to use his image, and to Sol for translation. nikanawâpahkân. I am watching. ôta nitayân. I am here. nititisahên mawimoscikêwin. I send my prayers. niwîci-sôhkâpawimâwak Standing Rock; nipiy pimâtisiwiniwiw! I stand firm with Standing … Continue reading

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Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

miyo-cîpayi-tipiskâwinisik Happy Halloween Everyone! Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for sharing this list of Halloween vocabulary last year on Facebook, and to Sol for posing for this special-occasion portrait (as well as recording the vocabulary, divided into three audio files). Apples to … Continue reading

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Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum): A Lesson from the Elders on Pity (y-dialect)

Thanks first to Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) for permitting this experiment, and then to Solomon Ratt and his transcription students – and to Dorothy Thunder – who all contributed to providing this full SRO transcript of this Elders’ teaching that Sylvia recorded on … Continue reading

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