Lip Syncing with Shaking Spear: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Original artwork by Solomon Ratt

Q: tâniwâ okimâhkan?
A: [lips point left]
Q: tânitê ê-itohtêt?
A: [lips point right]
Q: tânitê ê-itohtêyan?
A: [lips point way over there]
Q: ninistohtên kihciniskihk, namahciniskihk, taskamihk… kîkway ôma êkwa?
A: [lips contorting in disgust]: nama kîway! ê-atohoyân awa ôcêw.

Q: ᑖᓂᐚ ᐅᑭᒫᐦᑲᐣ?
A: [lips point left]
Q: ᑖᓂᑌ ᐁ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᐟ?
A: [lips point right]
Q: ᑖᓂᑌ ᐁ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᔭᐣ?
A: [lips point way over there]
Q: ᓂᓂᐢᑐᐦᑌᐣ ᑭᐦᒋᓂᐢᑭᕽ, ᓇᒪᐦᒋᓂᐢᑭᕽ, ᑕᐢᑲᒥᕽ᙮.. ᑮᑿᕀ ᐆᒪ ᐁᑿ?
A: [lips contorting in disgust]: ᓇᒪ ᑮᐘᕀ! ᐁ ᐊᑐᐦᐅᔮᐣ ᐊᐘ ᐆᒉᐤ᙮

Q: Where’s the chief?
A: [lips point left]
Q: Where did he go?
A: [lips point right]
Q: Where are you going?
A: [lips point way over there]
Q: I understand ‘right,’ ‘left,’ way over there’ … What is that?
A: [lips contorting in disgust]: Nothing. I swallowed a fly.

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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