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”

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Honour Song (y-dialect)

Thanks to Winona Wheeler for sharing this YouTube post from Media Production at University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca) in honour of 2020 graduates, and congratulations to each one of them: We are all proud of your accomplishments and wish you great … Continue reading

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Simple Man: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Skynyrd’s Simple Man in Nîhiyawîwin (Northern Cree Y dialect) Thank you, Art, for permitting us to share your new translation (and thank you, Sol, for editorial help!) Nice performance!  nimâmâ î-kî-wîhtamawitkâkî-apisîsisiyânôta wîtapamin kiya nikosiskwayask nitohta kâ-wîhtamâtânôtî nîkân ka-miyo-âpatantâpwîkiyâm piyahtik kâya … Continue reading

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kîs’kaw (For a Moment): Wayne Jackson (Northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for sharing this song, written for the MMIW of Canada in 2009 as part of the CD compilation “Colours of My Life” Visit ReverbNation to find more of Wayne’s recordings. 

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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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