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”

Brian MacDonald: miyoskamin

Brian MacDonald’s Seasons song is transcribed for us by Dolores Greyeyes Sand, who has added some extra verses of her own through the course of her teaching career. miyoskamin miyoskamin pê-miywâsin wayawîtimihk ni-wî-itohtân ni-wî-nitawi-mêtawân âhâsiwak takopihâwak, sîsîpak mîna kahkiyaw pisiskîsak … Continue reading

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kîspin kimîywêyihtên / If you’re happy and you know it

Thanks to Dolores Greyeyes Sand, we have an older translation of “If you’re happy and you know it.” This one comes from a booklet of Cree Songs for Kids put together all the way back in the 1970s by the … Continue reading

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Brian MacDonald, mihkwâw, kaskitêwâw, wâpiskâw, osâwâw

Thanks to Dolores Sand for transcribing and sharing Brian MacDonald’s Colour Song. Colour words in Cree are verbs, so they have to match the animacy of the nouns they describe. The song gives each colour in its animate and inanimate … Continue reading

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Brian MacDonald: Number Song

This song has been taught at least a million times in Cree country. If only we could count that high! pêyak  ᐯᔭᐠ nîso  ᓃᓱ nisto  ᓂᐢᑐ nêwo  ᓀᐓ niyânan  ᓂᔮᓇᐣ nikotwâsik  ᓂᑯᑤᓯᐠ têpakohp  ᑌᐸᑯᐦᑊ ayinânêw  ᐋᔨᓈᓀᐤ kêkâ-mitâtaht   ᑫᑲ ᒥᑖᑕᐦᐟ mitâtaht   ᒥᑖᑕᐦᐟ … Continue reading

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Northern Cree “Essentials” on Apple Music

ay-hay, Northern Cree: for something we all need! Apple Music recently helped Northern Cree to put all of their albums under one profile. They also curated an Essentials playlist with all of Northern Cree’s most popular songs. Hoka! Check it … Continue reading

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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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