Category Archives: Cree Cultural Literacy

Real Cree Literacy includes much more than language. Posts in this category teach about history, culture, Indigenous Knowledge (science), community, identity and rights.

Kokum Rap: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy, Louise Halfe with Zoey Roy

This fabulous video has had nearly 8,000 YouTube views since it was first posted earlier this month. These kokums are going viral (and we can all help)!  The rap features power-poets and power-kokums: Maria Campbell, Rita Bouvier, Maxine Roy and … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Exoneration Ceremony, May 2019

Let’s honour him by remembering his name in Cree: pîhtokahânapiwiyin (literally,  “he who sit at the [buffalo] pound”). Deep respect and congratulations to everyone at Poundmaker Cree Nation who has helped make this happen by petitioning for the exoneration of … Continue reading

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Traditional Foods (y- and th-dialects, audio)

  awiyak cî nôhtêhkatêw?   ᐊᐏᔭᐠ ᒌ ᓅᐦᑌᐦᑲᑌᐤ?   Is anybody ready for traditional foods?  This list is long (and delicious).  y-dialect audio:  th-dialect audio:  

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Beading Terms from itwêwina Online Dictionary

Someone asked for beading terms recently on FaceBook. It’s no substitute for sitting down and talking with a genuine Cree-speaking beading expert, but I was able to find a whole bunch of beading words by searching with keywords in the … Continue reading

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Birch Syrup Video: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

Making birch syrup is a great traditional way to greet the spring. Christine Ravenis’s photos are the next best thing to being there (if only they could include a taste.) This presentation by Solomon Ratt is equal parts dialogue-style text, … Continue reading

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A Meditation for Smudging: Pearleen Kanewopasikot (y-dialect)

nimiyāhkasēn niskīsikwa, ta-wāpahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nikot, ta-miyahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nitōn, kwayask ta-isi-pīkiskwēyān.nimiyāhkasēn nihtawakaya, ta-pēhtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nistikwan, kwayask ta-isi-māmitonēyihtamān. ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon. ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑲᐧ,  ᑕ ᐋᐧᐸᐦᑕᒫᐣ  ᑮᑲᐧᔭ  ᑳ ᒥᔮᐧᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑯᐟ,  ᑕ  ᒥᔭᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑮᑿᔭ ᑳ ᒥᔼᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑑᐣ,  ᑲᐧᔭᐢᐠ  ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐲᑭᐢᑫᐧᔮᐣ᙮ ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  … Continue reading

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Speaking to our relatives: Solomon Ratt (most dialects)

Solomon Ratt, okawiya, ohtâwima êkwa. Sol, his mother and his father.[/caption] When we spoke to our relatives, their names were never used. Instead, to show respect, we would address our relatives using special “vocative” forms of the kinship terms. (Some families … Continue reading

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Star Vocabulary from Wilfred Buck – SRO, y-dialect

Wilfred Buck’s Tipiskawi Kisik / Night Sky Star Stories must have reached best seller status at McNally Robinson – and at Manitoba First Nations Education Centre where it was produced. It’s really a beauty. Here’s a link that includes a … Continue reading

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Solomon Goes Shopping: y-dialect

This video from Solomon Ratt offers a lot more lessons in language and “shopping culture” than you might expect, and leaves you with unexpected feels. While you’re learning vocabulary and pronunciation, take a moment to acknowledge the parts that *should … Continue reading

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Kevin Lewis: kâ-nêyâsihk mîkiwâhpa

Lana Whiskyjack uses her digital storytelling superpowers to help spread the story of beautiful work going on at kâ-nêyâsihk mîkiwâhpa / ᑳ ᓀᔮᓯᕽ ᒦᑭᐚᐦᐸ / kâniyâsihk Culture Camps based at ministikwan / Island Lake, Saskatchewan. https://kaniyasihkculturecamps.com. In the video, Dr Kevin Lewis describes the evolution of the camps … Continue reading

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