Author Archives: Arden Ogg

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.

Spirituality: Solomon Ratt (y-, th- and n-dialects)

ahcâhkowin: askiy, kîsik, sîpiy, yôtin: miyo-wîcêhtowin kâ-kistêyihtamahk kahkiyaw ôhi. ᐊᐦᒑᐦᑯᐏᐣ:  ᐊᐢᑭᐩ,  ᑮᓯᐠ,  ᓰᐱᐩ,  ᔫᑎᐣ: ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ  ᑳ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ  ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ  ᐆᐦᐃ᙮ Spirituality: earth, sky, river, wind: There is harmony when we respect all of these. th-dialect: ahcâhkowin: askiy kîsik sîpiy thôtin mitho-wîcîhtowin kâ-kistîthihtamahk … Continue reading

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Blueberry Hill (Karaoke): Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Yes, we all know it wasn’t actually blueberries Fats Domino was looking for upon Blueberry Hill, but his classic is still  fun to sing any time. Thanks to Solomon Ratt for the freshly translation (and karaoke performance!) so we can … Continue reading

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Falynn Baptiste Christmas Album 2020 (y-dialect)

Here is a special treat for Christmas 2020, ready to launch December 11th from Falynn Baptiste, who is a Cree-Métis woman form Red Pheasant First Nation. Enjoy her YouTube video of O Holy Night below, or listen here to samples … Continue reading

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Skinnard’s Simple Man: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Art Napoleon for permission to share his interpretation of Lynyrd Skinnard’s “Simple Man,” so we can all listen and sing along. Translating any song text into Cree presents a special kind of challenge. English words are typically short; … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Solomon Ratt!

There are too many candles on Sol’s cake to count this year. Hope he doesn’t set off the smoke alarm. For his birthday, he asked for new copies of his favourite dictionary, which he has used until they’re falling apart. … Continue reading

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Baby-related Vocabulary (y-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for giving us a start on baby-related vocabulary (audio below), and to Karlee Fellner for letting us share her own, tiny, poster-child, Naatósíniipi Nikosis. There’s a lot of cultural teaching within the vocabulary Sol assembled: the … Continue reading

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The Rainbow: A Plains Cree Story (y-dialect)

I am grateful that a beautiful new bilingual Cree/English book found its way to me this week, thanks to author Jean Miso, and Dolores Greyeyes Sand: ninanâskomon! The book is titled The Rainbow: A Plains Cree Story interpreted by Jean … Continue reading

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Cover your mouth and nose (Solomon Ratt, y, th-dialects)

th-dialect: change the ê in êkwa to i (ikwa) Audio by Mânikâmâkôk (Ramona) MacKenzie

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sôskwâc ayapik : Just Stay Home! (all dialects)


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Cree Language Warriors (ca. 1990)

I’m not sure who took the photo of this good looking, passionate gang of Cree language warriors  kitâhkamêyimonâwâw, but 30+ years later, they’re all still hard at work. Posed together in this undated photo from SICC, we have: from the … Continue reading

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