Powwow Regalia Vocabulary

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for providing Cree vocabulary (in text and audio) to accompany this set of images gathered by Alan Corbiere for Anishinaabemowin (https://quizlet.com/85421294/pow-wow-regalia-flash-cards/). These are Sols terms to parallel Alan’s – but Sol says he’s from up north, not from ordinary powwow territory, so some of his terms may differ. He and I would both love to hear alternative terms from other speakers.

As well as comparing the words that are similar, it’s interesting to see how animacy differs between the Nêhiyawêwin and Anishinaabemowin. You can go through the gallery at your own speed, or follow along with Solomon’s audio (which includes the English terms, in case you’re uncertain!)

And after you study the terms, check out this video from Carry the Kettle powwow (2016?) and Heartbeat of Nations on CFWE, Monmartre, SK radio. See how many pieces of regalia you can name on the fabulous baby Morning Cloud, son of Rod and Candace Atcheynum!


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