Towards a Cree Listening Library: Francis Saysewehum and Sylvia McAdam (Saysewehum)

Today we join our prayers for the health of  Elder Francis Saysewehum with those of his daughter Sylvia McAdam Saysewehum and her many friends and followers.

Sylvia, who is known around the world as a founder of Idle No More, credits her parents as her greatest teachers of Cree language, culture and natural law, so it’s an honour to have her permission to archive and share the FaceBook recordings she has made of them. Perhaps this small collection from spring of 2019 can form the beginning of a “Cree Listening Library” where recordings of good speakers can be assembled for viewing online, eventually catalogued and summarized in English, and ultimately, transcribed in SRO. We’ll be adding more as we’re able. 

VideoURLSpeakerPlaceofBirth
RecByRecDateRecLength
Francis discusses the expression "mîna kihtwam" https://youtu.be/_WYvSKoie7YFrancis McAdam SaysewahumWhitefish LakeSylvia McAdam SaysewahumJune 21, 20195:04
Francis talks about Big Bear https://youtu.be/29Rb8wpGA44Francis McAdam SaysewahumWhitefish LakeSylvia McAdam SaysewahumMay 26, 201910:13
Francis talks about animals https://youtu.be/sQCBQTz0LrUFrancis McAdam SaysewahumWhitefish LakeSylvia McAdam SaysewahumJune 21, 201912:08
Francis talks about the little people https://youtu.be/KJOIBETXDGIFrancis McAdam SaysewahumWhitefish LakeSylvia McAdam SaysewahumMay 26, 20193:27
Francis talks about Frizzle Bear https://youtu.be/leuhZdpcSY0Francis McAdam SaysewahumWhitefish LakeSylvia McAdam SaysewahumJune 21, 201917:17

Here’s an earlier post of video Sylvia shared in 2017, summarized for us by Pearleen Kanewepasikot: https://creeliteracy.org/2017/08/30/francis-mcadam-saysewahum-heart-lodge/

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