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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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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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A Snowy “Minimal Pair” (all dialects)

Fresh as new snow from Solomon Ratt (with apologies for his “cool” pun): Here’s a cool exercise with ‘maci-‘ And ‘mâci-‘ If you don’t like it snowing: maci-mispon  “bad/evil snow”  ᒪᒋ ᒥᐢᐳᐣ If you do like it snowing: mâci-mispon!  “It begins … Continue reading

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In Flanders Fields (2020): Simon Bird (y-dialect)

Thank you to Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) for the many hours he has invested in this beautiful multi-media tribute to Indigenous Veterans, built around the traditional Remembrance Day poem in Plains Cree (as translated by Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey). For … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget 2020: Solomon Ratt (th- and y-dialects)

What does it mean when we say, “Lest We Forget,” and how do we say it in Cree?  There are many ways of translating this phrase into Cree, but even in English, “lest” is not a common word anymore – … Continue reading

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In the Darkest Night: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

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We Live on [Turtle] Island: Eva Cardinal quoting the late Agnes Bull (y-dialect)

“ôma ôta ê-wîkîstamahk ministihk, iyiniw ôta ê-kî-miyikôsit ta-kisâtahk êwako ôma askiy. mâcika kîstanaw ê-kî-miyikôsiyahk nêhiyawêwin êkwa iyiniwak kotakak wîstawâw ê-kî-miyikôsicik opîkiskwêwiniwâw. kiyânaw tâpwê piko wanihtâyâhki kipîkiskwêwininaw êkosi ê-wî-wanihtâyâh. namoya kiyânaw nêtê akâmaskihk ka-kî-itohtânaw ta-nitawi-nitonamahk, ka-nitonayahk awiyak ta-âsônamâkoyahk nêhiyawêwin, kiyânaw anima … Continue reading

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Transistor Radio: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

  piyakwâw nikî-kimotin kitohcikan âmaciwîspimowin-Coop-ihk ohci. nikî-itâw nistîs ta-asawâpamât okimâwa ikwa nîtha nikî-sîkowîpinîn kitohcikan nipapakowayânihk ikwa nikî-wathawân atâwikamikohk ohci. mitoni î-kî-nanamipathiki niskâta ispî kâ-nâsipiyân ta-pîhoyân ta-ohpahoyân mistahi-sâkahikanihk isi ita ta-pôsiyân âwatawâsiswâkan ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk ta-itohtahikoyâhk. niskâta kî-nanamipathinwa ispî kâ-kapâyân pimithânanihk ohci ikwa … Continue reading

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Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Speaking Cree with kids at home or at school? Chances are, you need this book! Originally written for Ojibwe kids by Trevor Greyeyes and Maeengan Linklater (two of the biggest kids I know), this Plains Cree edition is just as … Continue reading

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