Thanks to Mary Cardinal Collins for letting me share this great Cree tongue-twister remembered from childhood (as if most Cree words aren’t tongue-twisting enough for beginners!)
In English, it means, “The little feet of teals (literally, “little ducks”)”
apiscisipis ᐊᐱᐢᒋᓯᐱᐢ “teal” literally, “little duck” (a type of duck or water bird)
apiscisicis– ᐊᐱᐢᒋᓯᒋᐢ “little foot” or “maybe even little toes”
Thanks also to:
- Arok Wolvengrey for SRO help
- Solomon Ratt for audio (while we’re
- Barry Ahenakew for confirming that the term refers to either Blue-winged or Green-winged Teals
- Leigh Patterson of Ducks Unlimited Canada for finding me photos of Teals that give us a good look at the little feet of those little ducks!
And finally, direct from YouTube – a video of blue-winged teals diving for food – keep an eye out for those little teal toes!