Tis the Season —

Christmas card designed by Stew Pidaso for the Facebook group, Nêhiyâwêwin/Cree Word of the Day, Nov/11

 

 

 

To learn to say “Merry Christmas” in Cree!
In Plains Cree (y-dialect) from Arok Wolvengrey:
To one person:
miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisi!
ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯ
[mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sih]
Have a Merry Christmas!

To more than one person:
miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisik!
ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ
[mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sihk]
Have a Merry Christmas!

To one person:
mahti ka-wî-miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisin
ᒪᐦᑎ   ᑲ  ᐑ  ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ  ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐣ
[muh TIH kuh wee mee yo MUN toe kee sig GUN sin]
May you have a Merry Christmas Day!

To more than one person:
mahti ka-wî-miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisinâwâw
ᒪᐦᑎ    ᑲ  ᐑ  ᒥᔪ  ᒪᓂᑐᐏ   ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᓈᐚ
[muh TIH kuh wee mee yo MUN toe kee sig gun SIN now wow]
May you have a Merry Christmas Day!

In Woods Cree (th-dialect)
Replace the Y in miyo- with TH, but make the same changes as in Plains Cree for more than one person).

In Woods Cree (th-dialect) from Solomon Ratt:
mitho-makosîkîsikanisik ikwa ka-mithopathihkonâwâ kâ-pî-oskaskîwak
ᒥᖪ  ᒪᑯᓰᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ   ᐃᑿ   ᒥ ᖪᐸᖨᐦᑯᓈᐚ    ᑳ ᐲ ᐅᐢᑲᐢᑮᐘᐠ
Have a good Christmas and may good fortune happen on this coming New Year.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.

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