Category Archives: Billy Joe Laboucan

Billy Joe Laboucan is a first-language, Northern y-dialect speaker from Lubicon Lake, Alberta

Wisahkecahk Snares the Sun (2021, 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 serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk and the Chickadee 2017, 2020 (Solomon Ratt, 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 serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk and the Moose’s Coat (th-dialect)

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

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Wisahkecahk and the Rabbit (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is often the protagonist of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world, or teach some important cultural … 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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kācikan / Hideling: Billy Joe Laboucan (y-dialect)

kācikan kī-kimotiwakē-mēkwā-kātikawiyānnimōsihtān kaskēyihtamowin nikāwiy okohtākanihkkā-mēkwā-ācimāt wīsahkēcāhkwa,ohcikawāpiwinihk ēkwa pāhpiwinihk. kāwi kī-takosinwak, ē-kātāhkwāwanihi kostācowina ēkwa kaskēyihtamowinakā-postatahamoht kiskinwahamātowikamikohkātiht kī-ācimīwak maci-manitowaātiht kaskihtakwahēwak. māka kahkiyaw nikiskisinān wīsahkēcāhknikāwiy ēkwa nohtāwiy kī-sōhkisiwaknikī-wāpahkīhikonānak māyi-kīkwayēkwa nikī-wīcihikonānak ta-tāpowakēyihtamāhkta-āskōwihtamāhk ātayohkēwin ēkwa nikamon. ᑳᒋᑲᐣ ᑮᑭᒧᑎᐘᐠᐁ ᒣᒁ ᑳᑎᑲᐏᔮᐣᓂᒨᓯᐦᑖᐣ ᑲᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣ ᓂᑳᐏᕀ ᐅᑯᐦᑖᑲᓂᕽᑳ ᒣᒁ ᐋᒋᒫᐟ ᐑᓴᐦᑫᒑᐦᑿ,ᐅᐦᒋᑲᐚᐱᐏᓂᕽ ᐁᑿ ᐹᐦᐱᐏᓂᕽ᙮ ᑳᐏ … Continue reading

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Billy Joe Laboucan: Cooperation Bush-style

Thanks to Billy Joe Laboucan for letting me share this great little story. Mary Cardinal Collins calls it a great example of “mâmawohkamâtow sakâwiyiniw style” (cooperation, bush-(people)-style). And it would make a great story for kids. (Now, if he’d only record … Continue reading

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Billy Joe Laboucan: Wisahkecahk Seeks a Bride (y-dialect)

Thanks, Billy Joe, for letting me post this story: Here’s some tobacco for you!

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Wisahkecahk and the Chickadee – Solomon Ratt – 2017 (th-dialect)

It’s late in the season for this Wisahkecahk story – so you may have to look for some snow while you’re listening – but thanks to Ben Godden for his amazing work transcribing the story-telling juggernaut that is Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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