My language is respected: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect), Respect: Arok Wolvengrey (y-dialect)

Julia Ouellette of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan challenged her fellow Cree speakers on FaceBook last week to post a video of themselves on FaceBook in the Cree language. This post includes responses to the challenge from Solomon Ratt, and from Arok Wolvengrey. 

Not everyone is a good enough speaker to take up the challenge. With this post, I’m inviting everyone who takes the challenge to transcribe their words in SRO (and translate into English) so we can add them to Cree Literacy Network’s collection!  Wayne T. Jackson, Kevin Lewis: I’m looking at you guys first! 😉

nipîkiskwîwin kihcîthihtâkwan:
nipîkiskwîn nikiskinwahamâkon tânisi kita-isi-mitho-pimohtîyân ôta kitaskînahk. kîspin oti nitohtamânani âcathohkîwina, kîspin oti nitohtawakwâwi kihtî-ayak.
nipîskwîwin nikiskinwahamâkon tânisi kita-isi-nâkatîthimakwâw nicawâsimisak, nôsisimak ikwa nôcâpânak. kîspin oti nitohtamânani âcathohkîwina, kîspin oti nitohtawakwâwi kihtî-ayak.
nipîkiskwîwin nikiskinwahamâkon kita-kistîthihtamân kahkithaw kîkwaya kâ-kihcihtwâki ikwa kita-kistîthimakwâw kahkithaw kâ-wîtaskîmakwâw. kîspin oti nitohtamânani âcathohkîwina, kîspin oti nitohtawakwâwi kihtî-ayak. 

ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ ᑭᐦᒌᖨᐦᑖᑿᐣ:
ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐣ ᓂᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑯᐣ ᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᑕ ᐃᓯ ᒥᖪ ᐱᒧᐦᑏᔮᐣ ᐆᑕ ᑭᑕᐢᑮᓇᕽ᙮ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᒫᓇᓂ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ, ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐏ ᑭᐦᑏ ᐊᔭᐠ᙮
ᓂᐲᐢᑹᐏᐣ ᓂᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑯᐣ ᑖᓂᓯ ᑭᑕ ᐃᓯ ᓈᑲᑏᖨᒪᒁᐤ ᓂᒐᐚᓯᒥᓴᐠ, ᓅᓯᓯᒪᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓅᒑᐹᓇᐠ᙮ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᒫᓇᓂ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ, ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐏ ᑭᐦᑏ ᐊᔭᐠ᙮
ᓂᐲᑭᐢᑹᐏᐣ ᓂᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑯᐣ ᑭᑕ ᑭᐢᑏᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᑮᑿᔭ ᑳ ᑭᐦᒋᐦᑤᑭ ᐃᑿ ᑭᑕ ᑭᐢᑏᖨᒪᒁᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᖬᐤ ᑳ ᐑᑕᐢᑮᒪᒁᐤ᙮ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᒫᓇᓂ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ, ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐅᑎ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐏ ᑭᐦᑏ ᐊᔭᐠ᙮

My language is respected:
My language teaches me how to walk in a good way; but only if I listen to the sacred stories; but only if I listen to the Elders.
My language teaches me to take care of my children, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren; but only if I listen to the sacred stories, but only if I listen to the Elders.
My language teaches me to respect all sacred things and respect all those who share the earth with me. But only if I listen to the sacred stories, only if I listen to the Elders.

My adopted younger brother, Arok Wolvengrey, wrote this below:

kistêyihta kahkiyaw kâ-kihcihtwâki,
kistêyim kikâwînaw askiy,
kistêyimik kêhtê-ayak,
kistêyimik kahkiyaw kâ-wîtaskêmâyahkok:
kâ-nêwokâtêcik, kâ-nîsokâtêcik,
kâ-otahtahkwanicik, kâ-yâhyânahkik,
kâ-pimitâcimocik, pikwacipakowiyiniwak
êkwa mîna asinîwiyiniwak.
tâpitaw ta-kî-kakwê-miyo-kwayaskohtêyan

ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑳ ᑭᐦᒋᐦᑤᑭ,
ᑭᐢᑌᔨᒼ ᑭᑳᐑᓇᐤ ᐊᐢᑭᕀ,
ᑭᐢᑌᔨᒥᐠ ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ,
ᑭᐢᑌᔨᒥᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑳ ᐑᑕᐢᑫᒫᔭᐦᑯᐠ:
ᑳ ᓀᐓᑳᑌᒋᐠ, ᑳ ᓃᓱᑳᑌᒋᐠ,
ᑳ ᐅᑕᐦᑕᐦᑿᓂᒋᐠ, ᑳ ᔮᐦᔮᓇᐦᑭᐠ,
ᑳ ᐱᒥᑖᒋᒧᒋᐠ, ᐱᑿᒋᐸᑯᐏᔨᓂᐘᐠ
ᐁᑿ ᒦᓇ ᐊᓯᓃᐏᔨᓂᐘᐠ᙮
ᑖᐱᑕᐤ ᑕ ᑮ ᑲᑵ ᒥᔪ ᑿᔭᐢᑯᐦᑌᔭᐣ

Respect all sacred things:
Respect Our Mother Earth,
Respect the Elders,
Respect all those with whom we share the earth:
The four-legged, The two-legged,
The Winged-ones, The Swimmers,
The Crawlers, The Plant People,
And the Rock People.
Always I should strive to walk in balance.

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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1 Response to My language is respected: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect), Respect: Arok Wolvengrey (y-dialect)

  1. Omeasoo Wahpasiw says:

    This is an incredibly helpful way to learn! Aihai!

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