Sometimes Cree language complexity makes English look impoverished. Take this lesson on demonstrative pronouns, for example, that English tries to cover with merely “this/these” and “that/those.” Thanks to Andrea Custer for permission to share this really carefully crafted lesson that shows us how much information Cree can pack into these little word forms.
What a fabulous surprise to receive this treasure in the mail from University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills and its Cree Language Program Language Resource Developer, Tina Wellman. A tremendous amount of work has gone into creating this collection:
Cree classroom teachers will be especially pleased with the UnBQ Lesson Plan Kit ($40) that includes:
Flash cards (photographic, full-colour ~ 5×7″)
Memory game cards (that can also be used for “Go Fish”)
2 Lesson Plan books (12 lessons each, including vocabulary, activities and games)
wâposo-tâpakwêwin (Rabbit Snaring)
pipon mîciwin êkwa pipon mêtawêwina (Winter Food and Winter Games)
USB stick loaded with
4 videos that compliment lesson plans and handouts.
Be sure to ask about corresponding storybooks, which are sold separately.
A complete set of the twelve newest books can also be purchased as a set for $40.
A complete catalog list (including grade level and pricing) can be found here:
The latest language preservation publication from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau’s Mazinaate Inc will soon be a must-have all across the prairies. I was proud to pick up mine straight from the publisher last night.
Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: A Phrasebook for Nearly All Occasions, is full of useful phrases and vocabulary for parents and children talking, learning, feeling and playing together at home, on the land, at the powwow, or out in the big wide world. Filled with Plains Cree content provided by Solomon Ratt, you know it’s gonna be great!
Not yet listed on the Mazinaate website, the book sells for $20 plus postage.
To order: Send an Email with your name and postal address to:
They will be in touch.
This new title is modelled closely after the popular Pocket Ojibwe for Kids and Parents, written by Winnipeg’s Trevor Greyeyes and Maeengan Linklater, and translated into Ojibwe by Patricia Ningewance Nadeau.
(Even more great news from Pat: The adult version Pocket Creetranslated by Dorothy Thunder will be coming out by Christmas. Watch for it!)