Amazing Multi-Media teaching tool from James Bay: Path of the Elders

A new discovery to me, this morning, courtesy of Cathy Wheaton: an utterly amazing online resource for James Bay Cree (and Treaty 9 Anishinaabe) at

In addition to audio and video files of elders speaking in their own words, I was thrilled to recognize many of the names of the elders as contributors to Douglas Ellis’s text collection, to which I devoted nearly three years in preparation for University of Manitoba Press, while working for the UofM’s Linguistics Department and Cree Language Project.

I confess the flash graphics of flickering campfire, and rising smoke took a couple of minutes for my black-and-white text oriented eyes to accept, but it is exciting to see this very polished, high-quality product publicly available, to anyone with an interest in Cree language and culture.

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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3 Responses to Amazing Multi-Media teaching tool from James Bay: Path of the Elders

  1. For more audio files collected or prepared by Doug Ellis, you can go to

  2. Arden Ogg says:

    Thanks for that reminder, Marie-Odile. Having spent so much time preparing the print edition, I’m trying to figure out who to contact for a more obvious cross-reference to his text collection, still available from UofM Press. Audio *with* standard orthography is a pretty powerful tool for Cree

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