kâhkâkiw: The Common Raven (th-dialect)

The raven’s call may be familiar to many, but Cree Literacy followers will immediately recognize the call of our favourite th-dialect speaker, Solomon Ratt, in this newly dubbed narration. (Read the CBC news announcement here.

Congratulations to Hinterland Who’s Who for taking this welcome step, and thanks to Norah Wakula from Power of Babel who arranged the voicing. 

Woods Cree (SRO)Woods Cree (Syllabics)English
kâhkâkiwᑲᐦᑳᑭᐤThe Common Raven
kâhkâkiwak aniki kâ-mâwaci-mihcîticik pithîsîsak.ᑲᐦᑳᑭᐘᐠ ᐊᓂᑭ ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒥᐦᒌᑎᒋᐠ ᐱᖩᓰᓴᐠ᙮Common Ravens are some of the world’s most cosmopolitan birds.
kakî-miskawâwak misiwîskamihk Canada kapî-askiy kâ-ispathik, î-pimahkamikisicik ôtînâhk mîna pikwâcaskîhk.ᑲᑮ ᒥᐢᑲᐚᐘᐠ ᒥᓯᐑᐢᑲᒥᕽ Canada ᑲᐲ ᐊᐢᑭᕀ ᑳ ᐃᐢᐸᖨᐠ, ᐄ ᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᒋᐠ ᐆᑏᓈᕽ ᒦᓇ ᐱᒁᒐᐢᑮᕽ᙮They can be found throughout most of Canada year-round, thriving in developed areas and in wild spaces.
kâhkâkiwak aniki kakihtâwîthihtamwak ikwa nanâtohk isi- kitowak ta-pîkiskwâtitocik.ᑲᐦᑳᑭᐘᐠ ᐊᓂᑭ ᑲᑭᐦᑖᐑᖨᐦᑕᒷᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓇᓈᑐᕽ ᐃᓯ- ᑭᑐᐘᐠ ᑕ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑎᑐᒋᐠ᙮Ravens are very intelligent and use many vocalizations to communicate.
ôko otôtîmâskiwi-pithîsîsak wâh-wîcihitowak mîna mîtawîskiwak.ᐆᑯ ᐅᑑᑏᒫᐢᑭᐏ ᐱᖩᓰᓴᐠ ᐚᐦ ᐑᒋᐦᐃᑐᐘᐠ ᒦᓇ ᒦᑕᐑᐢᑭᐘᐠ᙮These social birds cooperate with each other, and even find time to play!
kâhkâkiwak mithoskamwak ohpikihtâsowina, pîhkinikîwak kâ- mîcisocik.ᑲᐦᑳᑭᐘᐠ ᒥᖪᐢᑲᒷᐠ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᐦᑖᓱᐏᓇ, ᐲᐦᑭᓂᑮᐘᐠ ᑳ- ᒦᒋᓱᒋᐠ᙮Ravens are essential to many ecosystems, keeping them clean by scavenging.
awasimî kinohtî-kiskîthihtînâwâw, natona HWW.caᐊᐘᓯᒦ ᑭᓄᐦᑏ ᑭᐢᑮᖨᐦᑏᓈᐚᐤ, ᓇᑐᓇ HWW.caTo learn more, visit HWW.ca

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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