Paddle your Canoe! Solomon Ratt (th- or y-dialect, audio)

Canoes: Christine Ravenis, Ben Godden and Kevin Bear

Live from Midway Lake, Saskatchewan, fresh from this very weekend’s Cree-focused immersion camping trip, Solomon Ratt teaches his companions his own version of “Row, Row, Row.” You might like to slow it down a bit to sing with kids, so they don’t capsize at the pâwistik! (Thanks to Christine Ravenis for sharing her video!) 

pim-pim-pimiskā pimiskā osihk
mōcikan mōcikan īkāwītha kwatapī!!

ᐱᒼ  ᐱᒼ  ᐱᒥᐢᑳ  ᐱᒥᐢᑳ  ᐅᓯᕽ
ᒨᒋᑲᐣ  ᒨᒋᑲᐣ  ᐄᑳᐑᖬ  ᑿᑕᐲ!!

Trans: Paddle along in a boat
It’s lots of fun, it’s lots of fun: Don’t tip over! 

*For y-dialect, use êkâwiya instead of îkâwîtha. 


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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