Category Archives: Learn New Words

Find words (or whole sets of words) that are new to you – or newly created by speakers moving Cree into the 21st century.

Sewing & Beading Terms

The vintage treadle sewing machine shown here has little in common with the high-tech, digital equipment being used these days for ribbon appliquée and all kinds of other fancy work. Fortunately, we’re more interested in words! Here’s a collection of … Continue reading

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Puppy Willows (?)

Who knew that pussy willows could change species in translation? According to Solomon Ratt, the Cree word for pussy willows is acimosihkânisak, literally, little pretend puppies. The word includes atim “dog” with its “t” changed to “c” and an “s” … Continue reading

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Bighorn Sheep

Thanks to Les Skinner for sharing some new vocabulary today via FaceBook: Thanks to Les Skinner (aka Miskinâhk Askiy) for letting us share his photo of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, along with terminology he learned from asinîwacîwiyiniwak (Rocky Mountain people): … Continue reading

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Baby-related Vocabulary (y-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for giving us a start on baby-related vocabulary (audio below), and to Karlee Fellner for letting us share her own, tiny, poster-child, Naatósíniipi Nikosis. There’s a lot of cultural teaching within the vocabulary Sol assembled: the … Continue reading

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Caring: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nâkatohkêyimâwasowinᓈᑲᑐᐦᑫᔨᒫᐘᓱᐏᐣCaring “A well-spoken sentence in Aturan is a straight line pointing. A well-spoken sentence in Aden is like a spiderweb, each strand with a meaning of its own, a piece of something greater, more complex.” Patrick Rothfuss. Cree is like … Continue reading

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Stay home: Learn Cree 26. Covid kâhkâkiw

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Stay home: Learn Cree 25. More Verbs

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Stay home: Learn Cree 23. When We Hold On (y-dialect)

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Stay home: Learn Cree 22. Cree Verbs with Caitlyn

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Stay home: Learn Cree 21. A Spring Bike Ride

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