kiyâskwak / Gulls: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Seagulls on the roof of the Opera House in Oslo, Norway, recently inspired Sol to make up a number of gull jokes. Photos are provided courtesy of Ramona MacKenzie (who encouraged the visit). Sadly, the puns that work in English just don’t work in Cree at all. But we can all appreciate a gull’s-eye view of chickens crossing the road.

kiyâsk: îh nâpêw! tânêhki ana pâhkahâhkwân kâ-kî-âsowakâmêhtêt?
niya: namôya nikiskêyihtên.
kiyâsk: ayisk êkâ ê-kî-nihtâ-pimihât.

ᑭᔮᐢᐠ: ᐄᐦ ᓈᐯᐤ! ᑖᓀᐦᑭ ᐊᓇ ᐹᐦᑲᐦᐋᐦᒁᐣ ᑳ ᑮ ᐋᓱᐘᑳᒣᐦᑌᐟ?
ᓂᔭ: ᓇᒨᔭ ᓂᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑌᐣ᙮
ᑭᔮᐢᐠ: ᐊᔨᐢᐠ ᐁᑳ ᐁ ᑮ ᓂᐦᑖ ᐱᒥᐦᐋᐟ᙮

Gull: Hey, man! Why did the chicken walk across the road?
Me: I don’t know.
Gull: Because he can’t fly.

Here is a selection of Sol’s seagull jokes that don’t actually make the Cree Literacy Network’s standards for translation into Cree (but some of them are still pretty good in English!) 😉 

Seagull: Hey Hooman, what’s your name?
Me: Ratt, Solomon Ratt. And you?
Seagull: Seagull, Steven Seagull.

Seagull: Hey Hooman, what’s a gull’s favourite Supertramp song?
Me: I don’t know.
Seagull: The Logigull Song.

Seagull: Hey Hooman, what’s a gull’s favourite TV show?
Me: You again! Okay, I don’t know.
Seagull: Gulligan’s Island.

Seagull: Hey Hooman, election is coming…want some advice?
Me: Um, okay.
Seagull: Don’t be so gullible!

Seagull: Hey Hooman, what’s a gull’s favourite Elvis movie?
Me: I don’t know.
Seagull: Gulls! Gulls! Gulls!
(Girls! Girls! Girls! For the non Elvis fan)

Seagull: Hey Hooman…
Me: Uh oh..
Seagull: What website does a seagull use for slime research?
Me: I don’t know.
Seagull: Googull.

Seagull: Hey Hooman, ya know why I’m a seagull?
Me: No, but I bet you’re going to tell me.
Seagull: It’s because I fly over the sea. If I flew over the bay I’d be a bagel.

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