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Dog Biscuits – A residential school story from Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for the brand new audio recording to accompany this original Residential School story, written in his own th-dialect Woods Cree (and translated into English). Click the audio link to listen and read along! Dog Biscuits – … Continue reading

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Sun dogs

Quoting Wayne Goodspirit from the archives of the Facebook Group “Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day”: ayisk nîwiya ê-itêyihtamân kî-ayiman wahwês êtikwê ta-kisin’ pipohk. A long time ago, it was considered a blessing to surpass the tough test each winter … Continue reading

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tapahtêyimiso: Be Humble

tapahtêyimiso cikêmâ askîhk ê-ohcîyan;  kistêyihtâkosi cikêmâ acâhkosihk ê-ohciyan. ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓱ  ᒋᑮᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯ  ᒋᑫᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ᙮  Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars. (Unattributed quote translated by … Continue reading

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Traditional teachings passed on via Solomon Rat

From Solomon Ratt: From my traditional teachers, I passed on this list in the last lecture for one of my classes. Being Cree means having: nanahihtamowin – obedience; kistêyihtowin – honor; kistêyihtamowin – respect; tapahtêyimisowin – humility; miywêyihtamowin – happiness; … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Moose: A new (old) story from Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

This story is taken from “A Woods Cree Grammar and Workbook” by Solomon Ratt, and published here with his permission. (Thanks, Solomon!) I love this story because it has elements of “urban myth” — in a Cree sort of way. … Continue reading

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I’m not an Indian: Another story from Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

This reminiscence — more bitter than sweet — is reprinted with Solomon’s permission from Arok Wolvengrey’s 2007 wawiyatâcimowinisa / Funny Little Stories Narrated by Cree-speaking students, instructors and Elders. The book, which contains about a dozen first-hand stories in Cree, can be purchased from … Continue reading

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