Solomon ikwâni poko Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

This baby is not Solomon Ratt, but Cree baby swing technology is still popular in the 21st century! This photo of a Cree baby swing (1907) is from the FaceBook Group “Native North American Indian – Old Photos” https://www.facebook.com/NNAIOP

namôtha kîkway kotak niwîhthowin athisk ispî kâ-kî-nihtâwikiyân piyak awa ayamihikimâsis (onâpîma ana iskwîw kâ-kî-pamihiwîwit (Solomon kî-isithihkâsow, ikyako î-kî-okwîmîsiyân) nikî-kiskinawâcihik, tâpiskôc î-kî-sîkahahtawit nîtî wanihikîskanâhk î-kî-itwît “Salamô ikwâni poko Ratt.” ispî tâpwî takî-sîkahahtâkawiyân, nîtî ayamihikamikohk âmaciwîspimowinihk, ayamihikimâw namwâc kî-ohci-pakitinam kotak wîhthowin kita-mîthikawiwak athisk sâsay î-kî-kiskinawâcihikawiyân “Solomon.” “ikwâni poko” kâ-âkathâsîmonânowik “that is all.” nîtha ôma Solomon ikwâni poko Ratt.

ᓇᒨᖬ ᑮᑿᕀ ᑯᑕᐠ ᓂᐑᐦᖪᐏᐣ ᐊᖨᐢᐠ ᐃᐢᐲ ᑳ ᑮ ᓂᐦᑖᐏᑭᔮᐣ ᐱᔭᐠ ᐊᐘ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑭᒫᓯᐢ (ᐅᓈᐲᒪ ᐊᓇ ᐃᐢᑹᐤ ᑳ ᑮ ᐸᒥᐦᐃᐑᐏᐟ (ᓱᓬᐅᒧᐣ ᑮ ᐃᓯᖨᐦᑳᓱᐤ, ikyako ᐄ ᑮ ᐅᑹᒦᓯᔮᐣ) ᓂᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓇᐚᒋᐦᐃᐠ, ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐄ ᑮ ᓰᑲᐦᐊᐦᑕᐏᐟ ᓃᑏ ᐘᓂᐦᐃᑮᐢᑲᓈᕽ ᐄ ᑮ ᐃᑜᐟ “Solomon ᐃᒁᓂ ᐳᑯ Ratt.” ᐃᐢᐲ ᑖᐿ ᑕᑮ ᓰᑲᐦᐊᐦᑖᑲᐏᔮᐣ, ᓃᑏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᐋᒪᒋᐑᐢᐱᒧᐏᓂᕽ, ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐃᑭᒫᐤ ᓇᒹᐨ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐸᑭᑎᓇᒼ ᑯᑕᐠ ᐑᐦᖪᐏᐣ ᑭᑕ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᐘᐠ ᐊᖨᐢᐠ ᓵᓴᕀ ᐄ ᑮ ᑭᐢᑭᓇᐚᒋᐦᐃᑲᐏᔮᐣ “ᓱᓬᐅᒧᐣ᙮” “ᐃᒁᓂ ᐳᑯ” ᑳ ᐋᑲᖭᓰᒧᓈᓄᐏᐠ “That is all.” ᓃᖬ ᐆᒪ Solomon ᐃᒁᓂ ᐳᑯ Ratt.

I have no middle name because the lay-preacher (the husband of the mid-wife who delivered me…his name was Solomon. I was named after him) ‘baptized’ me at the trapline saying “Solomon ‘ikwâni-poko’ Ratt.” When it was time for me to get baptized for real, in the church at Stanley, the minister refused to add another name since I was already ‘marked’ as just Solomon. ‘ikwâni-poko’ means ‘that is all.’

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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