Worried Buffalo: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect, audio)

When we think of all the things the Buffalo provided to Plains Cree people, the first thing we usually think of is mîcim: food, especially in the form of paskwâwi-mostosowiyâs: buffalo meat. With this “Worried Buffalo” sketch, Solomon Ratt gathers some of the many, many other ways the parts of the buffalo were used, ensuring that absolutely nothing went to waste. (No wonder the buffalo looks worried!) Scroll past the image to find audio files for each of the buffalo parts.

NumberCreeEnglishUsesAudio
1paskwâwi-mostos kâ-isi-âpatisihihtbuffalo: how he/she is used
2pâhkêkintanned hidemaskisina, wêwêpison, tihkinâkan, pipon·mostoswayân, papakiwayâna, mitâs(ak), pakwahtêhona, iskwêwisâkay(a), ospwâkaniwat, pîhtatiwân(ak), mîkiwahp(a), aspikinân(a), awâsisihkân(a).
3âhpinrawhideasiwacikana, nakahâskwânak, askihkwak, manakâskisitâna, pakwahtêhona, piskwahpitâwina, maskihkiyiwat, têwêhikanak (mistikwaskihkwak), pîminahkwâna, têhtapiwina, tâpisitêpisona, pîhcikomâna, pasascêhikanisa, môsisinîwata.
4ocêstatayamusclescîstatêyâpiy, kahkêwak
5mitêskanahornsminihkwâkana, iskwêw·piskwapitâwina
6osoytailwawêsihcikanisa, ôcêw-pâwahikan, pasastêhikan
7mîtihpbrainpahkêkin tôminikan
8wiyinfatkisîpîkinikan, pimiy
9mistikânikanskullkakêsimon, kiskinawâcihcikan
10mitêyaniytonguemâwaciy-wihkasin
11oskanabonesmohkomâna, mohkomânitosa, mônihikâkana, kâskahikana, pipon-otâpânak, têhtapiwin, akocikana, pakamâkan(a), pakêsêhkanak
12miyêstawân, omôtayatawêwbeardwawêsihcikanisa nimâskwâna ohci
13misitahoovespasakwahikana, sîsîkwanak
14pîwayahairpiskwahpitâwina, têhtapiwin-aspiwina
15mêydungpônâkana
16mataystomachaskihkwak, minihkwâkana, oyâkana, piminawaso-askihkwak

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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