While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?
Today we’ve got two videos about kinship terms. The first, from Sol’s friend Grace Ithiniw Iskwêw, is child-friendly. In the second, Sol himself gives a much bigger picture of kinship terms.
Grace is a speaker of Woodland Cree (th-dialect) from Barren Lands FN: Brochet, Manitoba. She is a mother of six, a Cree teacher with Brandon School Division, and she’s working on her MA at Brandon University. Her family continues to live off the land up north, along Reindeer Lake. Her students – currently her captive audience – are her children. You can find more of her videos on Youtube.
Sol’s video gives us a much longer list of kinship terms, presenting each form with different possessors (mine, yours, his/hers) and a view into some of the amazing complexity of the Cree kinship system. (Scroll down to see the complete chart – you might like to print one out to follow along!)
(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)