While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?
Manitoba Cree elders and healthcare workers recently produced this video in Cree, featuring kahkakiw (SRO: kâhkâkiw), a Cree-speaking raven puppet who gives really useful explanation in Cree of social distancing and disease transmission. Learn more about the team of creators here: http://covid19indigenous.ca/who-we-are/research-team/
Our good friend Bill Jancewicz works in Labrador supporting speakers and students of Naskapi, the eastern-most member of the Cree language family. He first spotted our raven friend all the way out east, and sent him back over this way to visit.
Here’s the story as presented by CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-health-information-cree-raven-1.5528099
(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)