Category Archives: Wayne (Goodspirit) Jackson

Wayne is a first-language speaker of northern y-dialect from Goodfish Lake, Alberta.

Stay home: Learn Cree – 20. Question Words

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Syllabics Song: Wayne Jackson

This little song, written by Elder Jerry Saddleback, is sung here by Wayne Jackson to his smallest Cree student. Use the chart below to sing along! 

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 18. Wayne Jackson: Syllabics Song

If you’re ready to learn more about Cree syllabics and how they compare with SRO spelling, here’s a link to a recent blog post from the Government of Canada’s “Our Languages” blog. (You might recognize the names of its authors!) … Continue reading

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miyo-manitowi-kîsikanisi oskaskêwiki miyopayiwin: W.T. Goodspirit & The Legacies (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson (the driving force behind the FaceBook group Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day for permission to share this energetic, singable Christmas recording that is may make you grin from ear to ear. According to Wayne’s fellow … Continue reading

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âsônamakêwin: Passing on Teachings (Wayne Jackson, y-dialect)

âsônamawâtânik kitawâsimisinawak êkwa kitôskayôminawak kinêhiyawêwinaw. kinêhiyawêwinaw kimaskihkêminaw, tâpiskôc ê-nâtawihikoyahk. ᐋᓲᓇᒪᐚᑖᓂᐠ  ᑭᑕᐚᓯᒥᓯᓇᐘᐠ  ᐁᑿ ᑭᑑᐢᑲᔫᒥᓇᐘᐠ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ᙮  ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᓇᐤ  ᑭᒪᐢᑭᐦᑫᒥᓇᐤ, ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ  ᐁᓈᑕᐏᐦᐃᑯᔭᕽ᙮ Let us all pass our nêhiyaw language on to our children and our youth. Nêhiyawewin is our medicine: it heals us all. … Continue reading

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Cree dialogue from NFB Film The Red Dress: Wayne Jackson (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for permission to share this good work originally posted in the FaceBook group Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word of the Day on May 10, 2018.  https://www.nfb.ca/film/red_dress/ The film can be viewed online, or purchased as dvd from the National … Continue reading

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It’s all about the Verbs!

Thanks to Wayne Jackson and to Janell Mistik Barrenda for sharing some beautiful videos recently on Facebook that teach about verbs. I’ll be writing more about each of them in future posts (with thanks), because, in Cree, verbs really are the … Continue reading

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Wayne Jackson: tipiskâw mêkwac (y-dialect, audio)

Wayne Jackson’s translation of Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night” is hot stuff! I’d say the same about Wayne, but everybody already knows! (Thanks, Wayne, for permission to share!) Note that this is not a direct literal translation: rather, in the … Continue reading

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Halloween Vocabulary from Wayne Goodspirit (y-dialect)

miyo-cîpayi-tipiskâwinisik Happy Halloween Everyone! Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for sharing this list of Halloween vocabulary last year on Facebook, and to Sol for posing for this special-occasion portrait (as well as recording the vocabulary, divided into three audio files). Apples to … Continue reading

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From Wayne Jackson on National Aboriginal Day

From Wayne Jackson, who teaches Cree at University of Blue Quills: ka-wî-miyo-nêhiyawi-kîsikanisinâwâw (tahto-kîsikâw, ayisk namôya wîhkâc ka-pôni-nêhiyawânaw) May y’all have a Happy Aboriginal Day (every day, because we’ll never stop being who we are) 😀 Special thanks and good wishes … Continue reading

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