National Aboriginal History Month Day Twenty-nine: pawâmawin-nawatônikan

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-nine, the word is Dream Catcher: 

Another word that Solomon has made up to suit our purposes, since Dream Catchers are not really a Cree tradition.

pawâmawin-nawatônikan / ᐸᐚᒪᐏᐣ ᓇᐘᑑᓂᑲᐣ

“thing that catches dreams”

Not Cree perhaps, but still a beautiful tradition, documented with exquisite care by my dear late friend, physical anthropologist Cath Oberholtzer,

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in her book, “Dream catchers: legend, lore and artifacts”. Firefly Books Ltd., New York. 2012.

Cath’s book is the foundation of the following online piece from the Museum of Ontario:

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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