The Wolverine: Hinterland Who’s Who (th-dialect)

The haunting melody of Hinterland Who’s Who is as iconic to my childhood as the Friendly Giant, so discovering some of these classics have been overdubbed into Woodlands Cree is a special thrill. The voice is unmistakably that of Cree Literacy Network board member Ken Paupanekis. Click “play” on the video and read along! 

omithahcîs iyako piyak  ôta kânata  î-nahtâ piyakot piskisîs. ita anima kâ-pimahkamikisit mâskoc nânitaw  piyakwâw kihci-mitâtahto-mitanaw mîna niyânano-mitanaw (1,500) kâcimâsiki cipahakânisa ispihcâthiw. omithahcîsak ta-wî-ocinâsowak  omîciwiniwâw  kotaka î-misikihtithit pisiskiwa ohci, ikosi  tâskoc  îkâ kîkwây î-kostahkwâw î-itîthimihcik.  mâka, athisitiniwak ôko kâ-pimâhkamikisicik ahcihiwîwak opaspîwinithiw. anohc kâ-kîsikâk, omithahcîsak ati-wî-mîscihâwak ôtî itihkî mâci-kîsikanohk kânata. ta-wîcihâyâhk poko awa piyak ikwatowahk poko î-ihtât pisiskiw  kita-paspît. ikosi mâka poko nistam.

kîspin kinohtî-kiskîthihtîn kiyâpic awa ohci omithahcîs, kiyokî ôta

Here’s the English original, for comparison: 

The wolverine is one of Canada’s most solitary animals. Its territory can cover more than 1,500 kilometres. Wolverines will defend their food from much larger animals, giving them a reputation of fearlessness.  However, human activities have affected its survival. Today, wolverines are endangered in Eastern Canada. We need to help this iconic animal survive. And that’s just a start.

To learn more about the wolverine, visit

Thank you to Norah Wakula of Power of Babel International Language Versioning, who located the script for us while arranging voice-over for another episode, coming soon. And thanks (as always) to Solomon Ratt for his editorial contribution! 

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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