Another re-dubbing of Hinterland Who’s Who into Woodlands Cree by Ken Paupanekis: this time the Freshwater Turtle. Click “play” on the video and read along!
kâ–pihkahk nipiy ohci miskinâhkwak (kâ–postawêt-pisiskiw)
kâwitha ka-pakaciwithikon ôma ‘nipiy’ kâ-itwâniwik. kiyâm âta kâ-pihkahk nipiy miskinâhkwak î-otâpacihikocik ita kâ-nipîwâhcâthik, sîpîsisa, sâkahikana, ikwa sîpiya ta-pimâtsicik, mâka mîna ohcitaw nitawîthitamwak askiy.
ayahk îsa, iyakonik aniki kinwîsk î-pimâtsicik macipiskisîsak nîkân î-mâci-pimâtisicik pahwahcahk ita pîsimwa î-wîcihikocik kita-pâskwâwihocik itâmihk askihk mâka kitimâkan, otâpânâskwa kâ-tâwahokocik, kâ-wanihtâcik ita kâ-itasihkîcik, ikwa pîtos kâ-isiyayâk askiy nânitaw î-wî-maci-totâkowak iyawis ayinânîw itowahk iyakonik. kakî-wîcihowan kita-asawâpamacik mîskanâhk ikwa mîna ta-manâcihtâwat ita kitasihkîcik askîhk. iyako mâka poko nistam.
kîspin kinohtî-kiskîthihtîn kiyâpic ôko ohci ka-pihkahk nipiy miskinâhkwak, kiyokî hww.ca.
Don’t let the word ‘water’ fool you. Even though freshwater turtles rely on wetlands, streams, lakes, and rivers to survive, they all need land as well.
In fact, these long-living reptiles begin their life on land where the sun incubates their buried eggs. Sadly, motor vehicle collisions, habitat loss, and climate change threaten nearly all eight species. You can help by watching for them on the road and by conserving their habitat. And that’s just a start.
To learn more about freshwater turtles, visit hww.ca.
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 help.