National Aboriginal History Month Day Fourteen: kayâs-mîciwin

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 Fourteen, the phrase is traditional foods. 

kayâs-mîciwin / ᑲᔮᐢ ᒦᒋᐏᐣ

I can’t think of a better source for photos of traditional food than Art Napoleon. From him, I’m borrowing a series of photos that show the preparation of smoked, dried moose meat. With a healthy heaping helping of Saskatoon Pudding for dessert. Wonder if Solomon Ratt will help with the Cree words for those.

Dried meat (not necessarily moose) is pâstê-wiyâs ᐹᐢᑌ ᐃᐧᔮᐢ. 

The saskatoon berries are misâskwatômina / ᒥᓵᐢᑲᐧᑑᒥᓇ. And yes please, I’ll have miskwamî-manahikan ᒥᐢᑲᐧᒦ ᒪᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ with mine!  

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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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