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.

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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Beautiful: Willie Thrasher, translated by Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Indigenous Folk/Rock legend Willie Thrasher and his song “Beautiful” were both new to me when Solomon Ratt presented this translation, so I had to learn more. Perhaps the best piece I found was from the May 2020 issue of Native … Continue reading

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How do I love you? (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 is one of the most widely recognized love poems on the planet. The strictly structured poetry that we think of as “classical” in English doesn’t need to be preserved to make it beautiful in Cree. … Continue reading

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Covid-19 Safety Reminder (y-dialect)

A Covid-19 reminder from the world’s social distancing champ and your friends at creeliteracy.org. (Notice also the sôskwâc : sâskwâc “minimal pair“!) (Text thanks to Arok Wolvengrey; audio thanks to Solomon Ratt.) ayapiw mâna sâskwâc. kîsta mîna: sôskwâc ta-kî-ayapiyan. “Sasquatch … Continue reading

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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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