National Aboriginal History Month Day Twenty-three: nikihci-âniskotâpân

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 Twenty-two, the word is Ancestor:

In the Wolvengrey Dictionary, we find the word

nikihci-âniskotâpân / ᓂᑭᐦᒋ ᐋᓂᐢᑯᑖᐹᐣ

“my great great great grandparent; my great great great grandchild; my ancestor”

It was hard not to think of the ancestors today, sitting with Nadine MacDougall on the banks of the Red River near Lower Fort Garry – where Treaty One was signed, feeling the gentle breeze blowing in the trees, and birds calling all around. It’s awfully hard to see in the photo, but the frame of a sweat lodge (near the left edge, in the bushes), also suggests that the ancestors have been called back in the not-so-distant past.

The final photo included here is borrowed directly from Lower Fort Garry’s official website at That tall, good-looking dude in the hat – portraying the role of the fort’s Chief Factor – is a grandson of the late Freda Ahenakew, and son of one of those handsome Greyeyes dudes posted with the bison a few days ago.

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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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