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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

Wîsahkêcahk self-medicates for Coronavirus (Solomon Ratt: th-dialect)

[An entirely made-up legend, but – like all legends – it offers an important lesson!] kîtahtawî îsa wîsahkîcâhk kî-wâpahtam mihkwâkanasinahikanihk î-âsôskamâkâniwik ohpanahpinîwin ikwa mihcît athisitiniwa î-nanâtawihisocik nîhithaw-maskihkiya ohci. wîsta papâmi-môsahkinam nîhithaw-maskihkiya, athisk î-tâpwîhtahk kahkithaw nanâtohk kîkway kayâs ohci î-mithwâsinithik. ikwâni … Continue reading

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 5. Dorothy Thunder Introduces herself

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 4. Essential Phrases at Home

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 3. My Body

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 2. How about you?

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 1. Introducing Yourself

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awas! Go away! (most dialects)

awas! ᐊᐘᐢ “Go away!” Solomon Ratt models the latest fashion for social isolation during Coronavirus – received from his FaceBook friend Grace Nihithaw Iskwew. (Note that it also matches his welcome mat). As you can tell from the photo, he’s … Continue reading

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How we kill our language: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

tânihki ôma kipîkiskwîwininaw kâ-ati-wanihtâyahk?wîtha kîthânaw î-itôtâsoyahk:tâhtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhithowîmititoyahk;tahtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhithowîyahk ispî kâ-mâmawinitoyahk;tahtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhithowîyahk ispî kâ-mâmawapiyahk;tahtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhithowîyahk ispî kâ-kiskinwahamâkîyahk;tahtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhithowîyahk ispî kâ-âcathohkîyahk;tahtwâw îkâ kâ-nîhitowîyahk ispî kâ-kâkîsimoyahk;tahtwâw kâ-kitimâkimâyahk oskâya kâ-kakwî-nîhithowît: “kimôniyâwihtâkosin mâna,” î-isi-nanôthacimâyahk.ikosi kitisi-nisowanâcihtânaw kipîkiskwîwininaw: mitoni tâpiskôc î-ati-nisowanâcihisômakahk kipîpiskwîwininaw. … Continue reading

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Trees: Charlie Venne & Solomon Ratt (y- and th-dialects)

In November 2019, Charlie Venne prepared a great teaching presentation featuring the names of trees in Woodland Cree, complete with photos and audio for pronunciation. You can view his post on his First Nation Stories website, at http://firstnationstories.com/?p=3322 Inspired by … Continue reading

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kanâtaskihk / Sacred Land: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

pikwâtaskamikâhk ninohtê-pah-pimahkamikisin; kanâtaskihk ta-ayâyân:êkotê nika-miskên miyo-wîcêhtowin mîna wânaskêwin. ᐱᒁᑕᐢᑲᒥᑳᕽ ᓂᓄᐦᑌᐸᐦᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᐣ; ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑭᕽ ᑕ ᐊᔮᔮᐣ᙮ᐁᑯᑌ ᓂᑲ ᒥᐢᑫᐣ ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ ᐚᓇᐢᑫᐏᐣ᙮ I want to be in the wilderness, to be on sacred land:Over there I will find harmony and inner peace. (Speaking … Continue reading

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