For Darren Okemaysim: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-wanihitahk
nikî-wanihânân nitôtêminân
nikî-wanihânân niwîcêwâkaninân
nikî-wanihânân niwâhkômâkaninân
nikî-wanihânân nîtisâninân
kîsinâcipayiw
kika-kwêtawêyimitinân
kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawân
kikî-nihtâ-nêhiyawascikân
kikî-nihtâ-kiskinwahamâkân
kikî-nihtâ-itwêstamâkân
kâ-winihtahk
nikî-wanihânân tahkahki-iyiniw
awîna mâka?
awîna mâka?
awîna mâka?
awîna mâka takî-âniski-atoskâtahk kitatoskêwin?

ᑳ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᑕᕽ
ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᑑᑌᒥᓈᐣ
ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐑᒉᐚᑲᓂᓈᐣ
ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓂᐚᐦᑰᒫᑲᓂᓈᐣ
ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᓃᑎᓵᓂᓈᐣ
ᑮᓯᓈᒋᐸᔨᐤ
ᑭᑲ ᑵᑕᐍᔨᒥᑎᓈᐣ
ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᐣ
ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐘᐢᒋᑳᐣ
ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑳᐣ
ᑭᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᐃᑘᐢᑕᒫᑳᐣ
ᑳ ᐏᓂᐦᑕᕽ
ᓂᑮ ᐘᓂᐦᐋᓈᐣ ᑕᐦᑲᐦᑭ ᐃᔨᓂᐤ
ᐊᐑᓇ ᒫᑲ?
ᐊᐑᓇ ᒫᑲ?
ᐊᐑᓇ ᒫᑲ?
ᐊᐑᓇ ᒫᑲ ᑕᑮ ᐋᓂᐢᑭ ᐊᑐᐢᑳᑕᕽ ᑭᑕᑐᐢᑫᐏᐣ?

When we lost you
We lost a friend;
We lost a companion;
We lost a relative;
We lost a sibling.
It is unfortunate.
We will miss you.
You knew how to speak Cree;
You knew how to write Cree well;
You knew how to teach;
You knew how to translate.
When we lost you
we lost a good person.
Who then?
Who then?
Who then?
Who then is here who can carry on with your work?

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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2 Responses to For Darren Okemaysim: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

  1. L.Todd says:

    Important words to remember your good friend. Thank you for sharing. Sorry for your loss. Condolences to family and friends.

  2. Paul Groff says:

    Solomon Ratt ; for myself i would say that this is a beautiful tribute to Darren , ! He is looking down on every one with no more pain and smiling he may even be saying free at last free at last ,i will miss him in the mornings .R.I.P Darren OKemaysim .

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