Hinterland Who’s Who – in Cree!

Thanks to Miriam McNab for posting this in the Facebook group Nêhiyawêwin Word of the Day. The videos are produced Canada’s old familiar Hinterland Who’s Who that was part of Canadian childhood for anyone with a television. You can find them online at http://hww.ca. The collection gives new voicing to the familiar videos in Cree, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree (that sure sounds like my friend Jerry Sawanas), Mohawk, Inutitut and Dene-Sułine.

The Cree videos are labelled Woods Cree, but the speaker sounds an awful lot like someone I know from the Norway House area. I’ll be checking around to find the facts – and find the transcripts so we can read along. In the mean time, these are just wonderful, and I hope there are many more to follow. Congratulations to everyone involved!

(Further about the initiative is included in the CBC news story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/canadian-wildlife-federation-hinterland-who-s-who-videos-indigenous-languages-1.3925371)

 

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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