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A quote from Gary Zukov: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for translating this hopeful, positive thought from American spiritual teacher Gary Zukay into y-dialect.  kîspin kipakosêyimon nawac ta-sâkihitohk êkwa nawac ta-kisêwâtisihk ôta askîhk, kiya nîkân sâkihiwê êkwa kisêwâtisi; kîspin kipakosêyimon ta-âstamipayik kostâciwin ôta askîhk âstamipayihtâ kiya … Continue reading

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môswa kâ-itâpacihiht / How Moose can be Used: Solomon Ratt (th- and y-dialects)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for his text (and PowerPoint, and reading) and Christine Ravenis for her gorgeous images, shared together in this lesson video. Watch and read along, or scroll down to find text in printable form.

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Thanksgiving 2019: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

anohc ikwa tahto-kîsikâw:ninanâskomon ê-mithwâthwâyâcik nicawâsimisak ikwa nôsisimak; ninanâskomon îkâ awasimî î-âpacihtâyân minihkwîwin ikwa maci-maskihkiya; ninanâskomon î-kaskihtâyân ta-kanawâpahtamân askiy tâpiskôc awâsis: ita kahkithaw kîkway î-mâmaskâsâpahtamân kahkithaw kîkway î-mithonâkwahk.mitho-nanâskomowikîsikanisik tahto-kîsikâw ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᐃᑿ ᑕᐦᑐ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ:ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ ᐁ ᒥᙽᙽᔮᒋᐠ ᓂᒐᐚᓯᒥᓴᐠ ᐃᑿ ᓅᓯᓯᒪᐠ; ᓂᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐣ ᐄᑳ ᐊᐘᓯᒦ ᐄ ᐋᐸᒋᐦᑖᔮᐣ ᒥᓂᐦᑹᐏᐣ ᐃᑿ … Continue reading

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miskanâw – Country Road – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

I may be wrong, but this beautiful, flat gravel road, looks like it’s from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. Locals there swear they’ve got the best, flattest rez roads in Saskatchewan, thanks to Milton Greyeyes and his powerful skills with the … Continue reading

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Today, I can do anything! (y-dialect)

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement, so after you listen to Sol and repeat (at least) four times, please be sure to pass on the message.* Feel free to print and share as well! Thanks to Lawrence Lamouche, Wayne … Continue reading

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The Storyteller – Solomon Ratt

The Storyteller is a newly crafted interactive teaching tool from Solomon Ratt that presents a story (in roman, and syllabic text with audio). Following each story, students are offered comprehension questions in Cree, to be answered in Cree. The storytelling … Continue reading

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êkwa mîna kêhtêskwêw: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

Billy Joe Laboucan is quick to point out that his late mother (okâwipana) was also a kêhtêskwêw (old woman) full of wisdom. She grew up in the bush, kept hidden from residential school. Billy Joe kindly shared some of her … Continue reading

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wīci-kisēyiniwa: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

Sometimes we like to joke here about the “wisdom of Solomon,” but we’re also grateful to pass on the wisdom of his wīci-kisēyiniwa (fellow old men), like these teachings that Chief Billy Joe Laboucan remembers from ohtāwīpana (his late father), … Continue reading

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tâpâhkômiwêwin “adopting others”: Darren Okemaysim (y-dialect)

I’m not sure what inspired this thought today from Darren Okemaysim, but it made me proud to feel that his words extend to me, and to Arok Wolvengrey, and our respective places in the extended adopted family of the late … Continue reading

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nôcokwêsiw kitânawêw: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

I’m not sure who prompted this fresh translation into Cree, but it’s lots of fun. Solomon Ratt’s video appears below, and the full text of the song appears below that. Have fun (and be careful what you swallow!)

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