Bannock Boogie! Come eat bannock!

artnapoleon_mocikanA great shot of energy from Art Napoleon and friends – and a probable theme song for Winnipeg’s Althea “Got Bannock?” Guiboche, celebrating her First Anniversary serving bannock to the homeless on the cold streets of Winnipeg.

Art’s dialect is Bush Cree from BC, a y-dialect that often uses î instead of ê, but he says these words are more “Creenglish:” they don’t follow all the rules of proper Cree. The blues jam, on the other hand, is universal!

pê-mîci [pê-mîci]
pahkwêsikan [pahkwêsikan]
pê-mîci pahkwêsikan
Let’s go out and have some fun!

namilâs astâ ham mîna
wiyâs astâ jam mîna
pê-mîci pahkwêsikan
pê-mîci pahkwêsikan

î-môcikan [î-môcikan]
î-môcikan [î-môcikan]

Roughly translated:

Come, have some bannock.
Put some molasses and ham, meat and jam.
Let’s have fun.

The album includes more great tunes and lessons in Cree for kids. You can find the whole album on iTunes:, or purchase songs from CD Baby Music Store.

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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