Category Archives: Songs in Cree

Songs in Cree come in many varieties, from traditional round dance or powwow songs, to nursery rhymes for kids. For Christmas Carols, be sure to search the category “Christmas”

miskanâw – Country Road – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

I may be wrong, but this beautiful, flat gravel road, looks like it’s from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. Locals there swear they’ve got the best, flattest rez roads in Saskatchewan, thanks to Milton Greyeyes and his powerful skills with the … Continue reading

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Cree Prisoner’s Song: William Burn Stick c. 1966

The late Tyrone Tootoosis, Jr is sorely missed, though his spirit remains with many. I suspect it’s his post from five years ago this week that has the Cree Prisoner’s Song circulating on FaceBook once again. Here’s what Tyrone said … Continue reading

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Darlene Auger’s Lullabye Teachings

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Darlene Auger’s Cree lullabies, though I haven’t managed to get a copy of my own just yet. Thanks to Kevin Lewis for sharing this YouTube video of Darlene offering her teachings to two moms … Continue reading

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kinipān cī / Are you sleeping? (y-dialect, audio)

(An adaptation for Plains Cree of “Frère Jacques” (English: “Are You Sleeping”) by Arok Wolvengrey. Singing assistance by Solomon Ratt.) kinipān cī, kinipān cī, nistēs John? nistēs John? pē-tēpwēstamākēw, pē-tēpwēstamākēw: “waniskā! waniskā!”* kinipān cī, kinipān cī, nimis Joan? nimis Joan? … Continue reading

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How Great Thou Art: Michael Boots (y-dialect)

Michael Boots and his guitar Lucille have a great ear for a gospel tune. Thanks to both of them for sharing this version of How Great Thou Art, along with text (I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get … Continue reading

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Rhonda Head sings O Canada with the Toronto Symphony (n-dialect)

Rhonda Head is a classically trained singer from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Her recording in Cree was one of 12 versions of O Canada recorded with the TSO in honour of Canada 150.

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Catherine Moise’s Little Song (th-dialect, video)

A really charming little song from Catherine Moise of Lac Brochet who made up her own Cree words to the tune of Mother Maybelle Carter’s You are my Flower – and had her daughter Lisa post it on Facebook,. People … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, with audio)

What do you get if you take a Christmas song that’s already loved for packing in a lot of nonsense, and translate it into Cree where the nonsense demands a whole lot more syllables? (Thanks, Sol: Love the hat!) A … Continue reading

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Asani – ayîkis (y-dialect, audio)

Thank you to Sherryl Sewepagaham for permission to share this sweet, original composition that she recorded with her group Asani in 2009. The a capella trio includes Sherryl, Sarah Pocklington and Debbie Houle, who first met in the Grant McEwan … 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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