Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

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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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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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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Solomon Ratt: Reel Injuns (Satire, sort of) (y-dialect)

* The above image is the work of Byron Merrill. It accompanied the 29 September 2012 opinion piece by David Treuer in the New York Times Sunday Review, which you can read in full at the link below:

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Thinking – in Cree – of our Murdered and Missing Women and Girls (y-dialect, audio)

Solomon Ratt translated the phrases shown on these images at the request of Jacqueline Anaquod for the Sisters in Spirit Gathering, 4 October 2016. She asked for the words in Cree to reflect on our murdered and missing women and … 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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mâmaskâc! Solomon Ratt’s Beginning Cree is out at last!

Sol’s new book mâci-nêhiyawêwin / Beginning Cree is finally out. Congratulations to everyone involved! And – in addition to Sol himself, and the staff at University of Regina Press, and Holly Martin, and Arok Wolvengrey and Jean Okimâsis and others … Continue reading

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