Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

Solomon Ratt is a first-language speaker of the th-dialect from Stanley Mission, Saskatchewan. He teaches in both th- and y-dialects at First Nations University of Canada

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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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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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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Orange Shirt Day 2020

tahto awâsis asitakimâw ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᐊᓯᑕᑭᒫᐤ Every child matters

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New Moccasins for School 2020

kâ-kî-sipwîyôtîhoyân ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-kikiskîn nipahkîkinaskisina kâ-kî-osîhtamawit nikâwîpan. ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-mîthikawin pimipâhtâwaskisina ikwa kî-wîpinamwak nipahkîkinaskisina…namwâc mâka kî-ohci-nipahtâwak okâwîmâw-sâkihitowin. ᑳ ᑮ ᓯᐿᔫᑏᐦᐅᔮᐣ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᑭᑭᐢᑮᐣ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᑳ ᑮ ᐅᓰᐦᑕᒪᐏᐟ ᓂᑳᐑᐸᐣ᙮ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᐣ ᐱᒥᐹᐦᑖᐘᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᐃᑿ ᑮ ᐑᐱᓇᒷᐠ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ᙮..ᓇᒹᐨ ᒫᑲ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᓂᐸᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ᙮ Off to residential school I proudly wore my new moccasins … Continue reading

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