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.

Wisahkecahk and the Dogs: Solomon Ratt, 2016 (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these  stories,which often of which serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world. In the case … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Big Skunk, 2017 (th-dialect) – an âtayôhkêwin (Sacred Story)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, but in this case, our “hero” is the Big Skunk. Solomon Ratt told this story at … Continue reading

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Ida Tremblay, 2017: Wisahkecahk’s Belt (th-dialect)

 Warning: This story includes what we might call “adult content” in English. Or simply an authentically Cree sense of humour. Ida Tremblay-pan ī-ācimot nīhithaw ācathōhkāniwin kapīsiwin 2017 mistasiniy sākahikanihk oskāyak-kapīsiwinihk. The late Ida Tremblay storytelling at the Cree Storytelling … Continue reading

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2016 Wisahkecahk Migrates South (th-dialect), Translated by Ben Godden

Experienced English-speakers transcribing English can go at a fairly quick pace of 3 hours for 1 hour of audio. High quality transcription of Cree language audio takes a whole lot longer. Transcription of this story, told by Solomon Ratt in … Continue reading

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Sacred Stories Heal, Part 1: Getting Ready for Storytelling Month, February 2021

Everyone who enjoyed Solomon Ratt’s Winter Solstice Storytelling is already looking forward to hearing more come February, which someone, somewhere, officially designated Indigenous Storytelling Month. This post provides event details, and an opportunity to review past storytelling. Zoom Event Details … Continue reading

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A Wish for 2021 (Solomon Ratt: y-dialect)

pitanê oski-askîwin 2021 kakî-ohpinênaw nêhiyawêwin. ᐱᑕᓀ ᐅᐢᑭ ᐊᐢᑮᐏᐣ 2021 ᑲᑮ ᐅᐦᐱᓀᓇᐤ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ᙮ May we, in the new year 2021, all lift up the Cree language. With thanks to all those who have shared their skill and knowledge with us this year, and … Continue reading

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2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling – Complete Audio (Solomon Ratt)

kâ-mâwaci-cimâsik kîsikâw âcathohkîwin ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒋᒫᓯᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᐣ Solstice Storytelling Those of us who were able to get in to the Zoom room had a great time listening to Sol’s 2020 Solstice treat that include six of the escapades of Wisahkecahk. The … Continue reading

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2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling (Solomon Ratt)

kâ-mâwaci-cimâsik kîsikâw âcathohkîwin ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒋᒫᓯᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᐣ Solstice Storytelling Monday, 21 December 2020, 7:00pm CST via Zoom All are welcome and it’s free Join Solomon Ratt via Zoom to listen to traditional stories of wîsahkîcâhk, just like those told on long … Continue reading

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Bless Me Today – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

  kisî-manitow, sawîthimin anohc ta-mitho-kanawâpamakwâw athisitinwak; ta-mitho-pîkiskwâtakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-nitohtawakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-mâmitonîthihtamân pimâtisiwin. hay hay, kinanâskomitin. ᑭᓰ ᒪᓂᑐᐤ, ᓴᐑᖨᒥᐣ ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᑲᓇᐚᐸᒪᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓌᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑕᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᒫᒥᑐᓃᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᐣ᙮ ᐦᐊᐩ ᐦᐊᐩ, ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ᙮ Creator, bless me today to be able to look at the … Continue reading

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