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”

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Starwalker: tr. Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Solomon Ratt’s translation of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Starwalker began as quite a literal translation, but the driving rhythm of this tune demanded a lot fewer syllables. This is where Sol’s backup “Rhythm Ratts” stepped up, helping to hone the translation, and … Continue reading

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Imagine, translated by Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Sol’s at it again. This time, John Lennon’s classic Imagine: and all on the first take! No English included here, due to copyright. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m imagining everyone singing along in Cree! 😉 mâmitonîthihta nama-kway … Continue reading

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Raffi’s Baby Beluga, translated by Ellen Cook (n-dialect)

What a treat to find this video of the K-2 awâsisak from Winnipeg’s Isaac Brock Cree Bilingual Program, proudly belting out Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” translated into Cree by classroom câpân Ellen Cook, and led by classroom teacher Colleen Omand. Even … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Take My Hand for a While” sung in Cree by Tammy Lamouche

This post is a little gift for Buffy Sainte-Marie from all of us at the Cree Literacy Network. It’s a little late for her birthday, but it’s still 100% sincere because we think the world of her! The translation is … Continue reading

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Universal Soldier (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

In tribute to Buffy Sainte-Marie on her birthday, Solomon Ratt has prepared a Cree interpretation of her “Universal Soldier” (1964). We’ve presented it below in Sol’s karaoke video, and in text (to encourage others to read along, and maybe even … Continue reading

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Wayne Jackson: The One I Love (y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for sharing the valentine he made for his wife Tracy this year. It’s a translation into Cree of the REM song, “The One I Love” – another great one for listening and singing along, and a … Continue reading

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What a Wonderful World (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this translation of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” – which was a favourite lullabye when my boys were small. You may notice how some English words have been omitted to make the long, Cree … Continue reading

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Beautiful: Willie Thrasher, translated by Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Indigenous Folk/Rock legend Willie Thrasher and his song “Beautiful” were both new to me when Solomon Ratt presented this translation, so I had to learn more. Perhaps the best piece I found was from the May 2020 issue of Native … Continue reading

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Blueberry Hill (Karaoke): Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Yes, we all know it wasn’t actually blueberries Fats Domino was looking for upon Blueberry Hill, but his classic is still  fun to sing any time. Thanks to Solomon Ratt for the freshly translation (and karaoke performance!) so we can … Continue reading

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Falynn Baptiste Christmas Lyrics 2020

This file contains lyrics of all 8 Christmas songs from Falynn Baptiste’s 2020 Christmas Album: feel free to print out to sing along! https://creeliteracy.org/2020/11/27/falynn-baptiste-christmas-album-2020-y-dialect/ Angels We Have Heard on High mâmaskâc okîsikowak matwê-miyo-sipwêhamwak ôma kihci-nikamowin mamihcimwê-nikamowin ka-mâmawî-nikamocik ê-wî-wihtamâkoyakik ayamihêw-âcimowin iyiniw … Continue reading

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