A Special Preview of Solomon Ratt’s “Beginner’s Cree”

August 2016 Update: Sol’s book is out at last. Purchase the fully updated print edition via these links:


Solomon Ratt has generously given us permission to share this draft of his newly completed Cree textbook,
mâci-nêhiyawêwin / Beginner’s Cree.”

The book is now in press at Canadian Plains Research Centre Press. Publishing and purchasing details should be available within the next year.

Until then, here’s a pdf for download:

Cree Text 2013 Edition

13 Responses

  1. Thank you for allowing me to print this document. He mentions several dialects of Cree that exist in Canada. Please tell me which dialect is being used in Solomon Ratt’s Beginner’s Cree document.

    1. Although Solomon is a Native speaker of the th-dialect, he has been teaching the y-dialect for decades. According to its introduction, this text book is in the y-dialect.

  2. Megwetch for sharing the book. I look forward to learning my language and making my momma proud. She was so happy when I told her about this and that is was by Solomon Ratt! Megwetch Moos! Coon Atchoos Mark.

  3. Meegwetch for making this available. I believe my people were from James Bay and am grateful to have found the language. I have known Anishnabee and now will work on the words of my ancestors.
    Bear Clan, Linda

  4. Teniki Mr Ratt! Thank you Thank you! Im going to learn with my class! please email me any videos you have facebook is blocked at our school.

    1. A lot of words are the same, but there are significant differences. You might like to look at C. Douglas Ellis’s “Spoken Cree” to compare.

  5. Can anybody tell me if a disk comes with the book? There are two beginner’s Cree books. Which is the best, and why?

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