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”

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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Stay home: Learn Cree – 17. Dolores Greyeyes Sand, Classics in Cree

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tânisi mâka: Art Napoleon (northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Art Napoleon for letting us share another great tune from his môcikan nêhiyawewin album of Cree-teaching songs for kids (of all ages). This one models basic greetings beautifully, and it’s fun to sing. (You can find the whole … Continue reading

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Animal Song: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

In honour of International Mother Tongue Day, Art Napoleon shared this very sweet song that he wrote in Northern y-dialect. (I suspect he may have written it for his own little Niska). As Art says: “Here’s a little song in … Continue reading

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Cultural Survival: Art Napoleon (northern y-dialect)

Thanks, Art Napoleon, for permission to share this gentle prayer song in Northern Cree (northern y-dialect) to remind us that cultural survival is what it’s all about in these times of turmoil. pimâcihowin : cultural survival Vocables…. kihci-manitow kihcikîsikohk kâ-ayâyin … Continue reading

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otāpānāsk : People on the Bus

From the collection of Dolores Sand, originally translated into Cree by the late Ida McLeod and Freda Ahenakew, requested by Calinda Duquette for the kids at Head Start.

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I Love to Read Month: Westgrove School, Winnipeg

We love to read, too; especially in Cree! Thank you Westgrove School for inviting us to come and read Monique Grey Smith and Julie Flett’s My Heart Fills with Happiness in English and in Swampy Cree, and thank you all … Continue reading

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niyânan pinêsisak : Five Little Birds (n-dialect)

This song by Brian MacDonald is probably best known in y-dialect. Ken Paupanekis has shared his n-dialect version. The numbers stay the same regardless of dialect, but the word for “little birds” changes: n-dialect: pinêsisaky-dialect: piyêsisakth-dialect: pithêsisak 

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