Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

Wayne Jackson: tipiskâw mêkwac (y-dialect, audio)

Wayne Jackson’s translation of Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night” is hot stuff! I’d say the same about Wayne, but everybody already knows! (Thanks, Wayne, for permission to share!) Note that this is not a direct literal translation: rather, in the … Continue reading

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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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Rescued from the West Coast Trail – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

kiyâpic nipimâtisin âta takî-nipiyân nîtî “West Coast Trail.’ misko î-kî-pwâkomopathiyân sôskwâc kâ-pakitinamân ninayahcikan, nimaskimot, ikwa ikota thîkawiskâhk kâ-ati-pimisiniyân, ikota mîskanâs î-pimamok. kita-pîthiskipîw ikota kîtahtawî ikwa namwâc ta-kaskihtâniwin awiyak ikota takî-pimohtît. ikota nipimisinin î-kanawâpamakwâw miskisiwak wâsakâm nipîhk. mitoni nisto tipahikan ithikohk … 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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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: 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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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 http://creeliteracy.org/2014/09/16/congratulations-solomon-ratt/

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