Be the Light: Amanda Gorman, translated by Solomon Ratt

Amanda Gorman’s poetry and performance at yesterday’s Presidential inauguration was breathtaking. The closing phrase of her poem, “The Hill we Climb” offers a special aspiration that we can all hold dear. Thanks, Sol, for capturing it in Cree.

kapî ôma wâsaskotîw kîspin îsa ta-kî-sôhkitîhîyahk ta-wâpahtamahk;
kîspin îsa ta-kî-sôhkitîhîyahk ikosi ta-isi-ayâyahk.

ᑲᐲ ᐆᒪ ᐚᓴᐢᑯᑏᐤ ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐄᓴ ᑕ ᑮ ᓲᐦᑭᑏᐦᐄᔭᕽ ᑕ ᐚᐸᐦᑕᒪᕽ;
ᑮᐢᐱᐣ ᐄᓴ ᑕ ᑮ ᓲᐦᑭᑏᐦᐄᔭᕽ ᐃᑯᓯ ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐊᔮᔭᕽ᙮

‘There is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it;
if only we are brave enough to be it.’
Amanda Gorman ‘The Hill We Climb.’

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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