Urban 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?