National Aboriginal History Month Day Two: apihkâna

CalendarUrban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay.

Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to play along, by gathering the images suggested – but (with help from Solomon Ratt) captioning them in Cree.

For Day Two, the word is Braids:

apihkâna / ᐊᐱᐦᑳᓇ

apihkâtam mêstakaya – he/she braids hair

I’m “borrowing” this photo from the web, since I can’t find any good photos of the people with braids I know and love best.

I learned an important cross-linguistic lesson today: This noun for braid refers to braids of *hair* – and not to braids of sweetgrass (even though sweetgrass is the hair of Mother Earth). The verb form can be used for either one!

Thanks for being a kind teacher, Sol! When did you last wear a braid?


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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