National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019


ᒥᖪ ᐃðᐦᐃᓂᐤ ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠᒥᓄ ᐃᓂᓂᐤ ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠᒥᔪ ᐃᔨᓂᐤ ᑮᓯᑲᓂᓯᐠ

A collection of the traditional Cree terms for Cree groups and their neighbours – though through 21st century enlightenment – and decolonization – we try to honour our neighbours by using the names they prefer for themselves! 

nēhiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐘᐠCree people (y-dialect speakers)
ininiwak ᐃᓂᓂᐘᐠCree people (n-dialect speakers) 
nîhithiwakᓃᐦᐃtᐦᐃᐘᐠCree people (th-dialect speakers)
asiniskāniwak ᐊᓯᓂᐢᑳᓂᐘᐠRock Cree
maskīkoniwak ᒪᐢᑮᑯᓂᐘᐠPeople of the muskeg, often known as Swampy Cree
nahkawiyiniwakᓇᐦᑲᐏᔨᓂᐘᐠSaulteaux people
anishināpiyiniwak ᐊᓂᓯᓈᐱᔨᓂᐘᐠAnishnaabe/Ojibwe people
wêcîpwayânakᐅᒌᐳᐚᓂᐘᐠDene people
pwātak ᑇᑕᐠSioux people (Nakoda, Dakota, Lakota)
asinīpwātak ᐊᓯᓃᑅᑕᐠStoney Nakoda people
kaskitêwayasitak ᑲᐢᑲᑏᐏᔭᓯᑕᐠBlackfoot people
ayiskîmîwakᐊᔨᐢᑮᒦᐘᐠInuit people
âpihtawikosisânak ᐋᐱᐦᑕᐤᑯᓯᓵᓇᐠMétis people

(Thanks, Sol, for the image and audio. My favourite part is the eagle’s syllabic tattoo: ᓴᓬᐊᒧ. Thanks also to Simon Bird for his collection of traditional Cree ethnonyms!) 

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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