Today, I can do anything! (y-dialect)

The Lamouche Family, ready for zip-lining (and any other adventure that may cross their path). 

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, so after you listen to Sol and repeat (at least) four times, please be sure to pass on the message.* Feel free to print and share as well! Thanks to Lawrence Lamouche, Wayne Jackson and Solomon Ratt for helping to pull this powerful little message of affirmation together, and to Martin Bryan Atkinson for motivating us all. Audio thanks to Solomon Ratt.

*Of course, passing on the message in Cree means you need to know additional verb forms for itôtam “s/he does something this way.” Here’s a table that gives our affirmation with enough verb forms to cover anyone who needs to hear it! 

anohc nika-kî-itôtên kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, I can do anything
anohc kika-kî-itôtên kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒼ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, you can do anything (singular)
anohc ka-kî-itôtam kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒼ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, s/he can do anything
anohc nika-kî-itôtênân kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᓂᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᐣ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, we can do anything
anohc kika-kî-itôtênaw kahkiyaw kîkway
anohc kika-kî-itôtênânaw kahkiyaw kîkway
ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓇᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ
ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᓇᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀ
Today, we (including you) can do anything
anohc kika-kî-itôtênâwâw kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑌᓈᐚᐤ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, you all can do anything
anohc ka-kî-itôtamwak kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒷᐠ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, they can do anything
anohc ka-kî-itôtamiyiwa kahkiyaw kîkwayᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑲ ᑮ ᐃᑑᑕᒥᔨᐘ ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ ᑮᑿᕀToday, those other people can do anything

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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