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

Birch Syrup Video: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Making birch syrup is a great traditional way to greet the spring. Christine Ravenis’s photos are the next best thing to being there (if only they could include a taste.) This presentation by Solomon Ratt is equal parts dialogue-style text, … Continue reading

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Lip Syncing with Shaking Spear: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Q: tâniwâ okimâhkan? A: [lips point left]Q: tânitê ê-itohtêt? A: [lips point right]Q: tânitê ê-itohtêyan? A: [lips point way over there]Q: ninistohtên kihciniskihk, namahciniskihk, taskamihk… kîkway ôma êkwa? A: [lips contorting in disgust]: nama kîway! ê-atohoyân awa ôcêw. Q: ᑖᓂᐚ … Continue reading

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1969: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

1969 askîwin kâ-kî-akihtîk: nâpîw kî-pimohtîw tipiskâwi-pîsimohk, kî-mâmawinitonâniwin kita-kitohcikâniwik woodstockihk, ikwa kîwîtinohk nîtha niyânanosâp nikî-itahtopiponân î-wîcihakwâw nistîs ikwa nisîmisipan ikwa nohtâwîpan kita-wâskahikanihkîyâhk âmaciwîspimowinihk. tahto-kîkisîpâyâw mâna nikî-pôsinân natamihk î-nitawi-kîskatahahtikwîyâhk. nikî-nîmânân mâna ikotî ohpimî ta-âpihtâ-kîsikani-mîcisoyâhk. ispî kâ-misakâyâhk nikî-kospinân î-nitonawâyâhkwâw minahikwak î-kwayaskosicik ikwa iyakonik … Continue reading

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Let’s Keep On Speaking Cree: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

ahkami-nêhiyawêtânkipîkiskwêwininâhk astêw kinisitohtamowininaw ahkami-nêhiyawêtânkipîkiskwêwininâhk astêw kinisitawêyimitowininaw ahkami-nêhiyawêtânkipîkiskwêwininâhk astêw kipimâtisiwininaw ahkami-nêhiyawêtânkipîkiskwêwininâhk astêw kinêhiyâwiwininaw. ᐊᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑖᐣ ᐊᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑖᐣᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓈᕽ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐏᓂᓇᐤ ᐊᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑖᐣᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓈᕽ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᓂᓯᑕᐍᔨᒥᑐᐏᓂᓇᐤ ᐊᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑖᐣᑭᐲᑭᐢᐍᐏᓂᓈᕽ ᐊᐢᑌᐤ ᑭᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ ᐊᐦᑲᒥ ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᑖᐣᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓈᕽ ᐊᐢᑌw ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔮᐏᐏᓂᓇᐤ Let’s keep on speaking Cree Let’s keep on speaking Cree:In … Continue reading

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Fragments of Reality: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:âcathohkîwina masinahikanihkkâ-kî-mâwasakonahkwâw opîtatowîwak;namôtha iyakoni misakâmî âcathohkîwina,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:nîsta mîna nikiskisin apisîs ikwa pah-piskihc âcathohkîwina;namôthah misakâmî âcathohkîwina iyakoni,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:ta-apihkîyahk âcathohkîwinamasinahikanihk ohci mîna kikiskisnowininahk;mâmawi-atoskîyahki kika-misakâmî-astânaw âcathohkîwina,namôtha poko pah-piskihc tâpwîwina. ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ ᑖᐿᐏᓇ:ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽᑳ ᑮ ᒫᐘᓴᑯᓇᐦᒁᐤ ᐅᐲᑕᑐᐑᐘᐠ;ᓇᒨᖬ ᐃᔭᑯᓂ ᒥᓴᑳᒦ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ,ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ … Continue reading

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Speaking to our relatives: Solomon Ratt (most dialects)

Solomon Ratt, okawiya, ohtâwima êkwa. Sol, his mother and his father.[/caption] When we spoke to our relatives, their names were never used. Instead, to show respect, we would address our relatives using special “vocative” forms of the kinship terms. (Some families … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

ᐃᐢᑵᐘᐠ            iskwêwak: Women: ᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᐍᐠ     pimâcihiwêwak – give life; ᑭᓭᐚᑎᓯᐠ        kisêwâtisiwak – are kind; ᓵᑭᐦᐃᐍᐘᐠ        sâkihiwêwak – give love; ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓯᐘᐠ tapahtêyimisiwak – are humble; ᓲᐦᑭᓯᐘᐠ  sôhkisiwak – are strong; ᓲᐦᑭᑌᐦᐁᐠ     sôhkitêhêwak – are brave; ᐋᐦᑲᒣᔨᒧᐠ  âhkamêyimowak – persevere. ᓰᐱᐦᑭᐠ        sîpihkisiwak … Continue reading

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Every time I step on earth: Solomon Ratt

tahtwâw kâ-tahkoskêyân askîhk tâpiskôc ê-mawimoscikêyân.ᑕᐦᑤᐤ ᑳᑕᐦᑯᐢᑫᔮᐣ ᐊᐢᑮᕽ ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐁᒪᐏᒧᐢᒋᑫᔮᐣ᙮Every time I step on the earth is like saying a traditional prayer.

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Solomon Goes Shopping: y-dialect

This video from Solomon Ratt offers a lot more lessons in language and “shopping culture” than you might expect, and leaves you with unexpected feels. While you’re learning vocabulary and pronunciation, take a moment to acknowledge the parts that *should … Continue reading

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Dance, sing, tell sacred stories: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nîmihito ᓃᒥᐦᐃᑐ, nikamo ᓂᑲᒧ, âtayôhkê ᐋᑕᔫᐦᑫ; natohta kâ-kâmwâtahk ᓇᑐᐦᑕ ᑳᑳᒫᐧᑕᕽ Dance; sing; tell sacred stories; listen to the silence.

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