Dawn Marie Marchand: Things to Pass On, 2012

mâmawohkamâtowin – working together – ᒫᒪᐓᐦᑲᒫᑐᐏᐣ
Dawn Marie Marchand, 2012: Things to Pass On.

Thanks to Dawn Marie Marchand for permission to share this series of paintings, inspired by a podcast about Indigenous Languages that she heard in 2012. Dawn Marie writes: “I was really challenged by it and started to ask myself some difficult questions. I think it has started a life long journey for me. If my worldview is shaped by my Cree Language and I was not raised with that language; what can I do? I decided to go back into some teachings that I was given and found the words for the things that my Elders held in highest esteem. I will learn these words and the stories around these words. These are the words that I will pass on to my children. If there is anything that I can save; then it should be the stuff that is in a good way and worthy of handing to my grandchildren.” 

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for adding audio to help with pronunciation!

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Here are the words depicted in syllabics in the paintings: 

otôtêmiwêwin friendship – ᐅᑑᑌᒥᐍᐏᐣ

manatisiwin ekwa manahcihitowin – respect for oneself and others – ᒪᓇᑎᓯᐏᐣ ᐁᑿ ᒪᓇᐦᒋᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ

kiskinwahasimowêwin – accepting guidance – ᑭᐢᑭᐣᐘᐦᐊᓯᒧᐍᐏᐣ 

kiskanowapâkêwin – keen sense of observation – ᑭᐢᑲᓄᐘᐸᑫᐏᐣ 

miyo-wîcêhôtowin– getting along – ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᐆᑐᐏᐣ 

okihtowihiwewin – generosity – ᐅᑭᐦᑐᐏᐦᐃᐍᐏᐣ 

kisêwâtisiwin – loving kindness – ᑭᓭᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ 

mâmawohkamâtowin – working together – ᒫᒪᐓᐦᑲᒫᑐᐏᐣ

wâhkôhtowin – kinship – ᐚᐦᑰᐦᑐᐏᐣ

wicihitowin – sharing – ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ 

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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