Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

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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“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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Solomon Ratt: Wisahkêcahk 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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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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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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