pipon awâsis: Winter Child (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

Solomon Ratt has been reflecting a lot lately on his upcoming retirement, and the birthday that’s a little speed bump en route. On this anniversary of his arrival in that “Little Hospital” on the trapline in 1953, we’ve assembled a few readings of this new little poem, to wish him all the best in this next trip around the sun!

mitho-tipiska kahkithaw kititinān Sol: âkamîthimo!

Tammy Joan Ratt:
Shannon Dumba:
Darian Âcikahtê:
Arden Ogg:

pipon awâsis

Solomon Ratt wiya omasinahikêwinis
pipon awâsis
kipî-tahkonîn kayâs âcathôhkîwina
ikwa “kimiwanihkîs” kititikawin.
naspâc ithiniw,
âkamîthimo!

ᐱᐳᐣ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ

ᓱᓬᐅᒧᐣ ᕒᐋᐟ ᐏᔭ ᐅᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑫᐏᓂᐢ
ᐱᐳᐣ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ
ᑭᐲ ᑕᐦᑯᓃᐣ ᑲᔮᐢ ᐋᒐᖫᐦᑮᐏᓇ
ᐃᑿ “ᑭᒥᐘᓂᐦᐄᐢ” ᑭᑎᑎᑲᐏᐣ᙮
ᓇᐢᐹᐨ ᐃᖨᓂᐤ,
ᐋᑲᒦᖨᒧ!

Winter Child

Written by Solomon Ratt
Winter child,
you come bearing long ago stories
and you are called ‘Bringer of rain,’
Contrary person,
persevere!

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