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.

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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All My Relations (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect, video)

Watch video to read along in Cree, or scroll down to read the text at leisure. Thanks (as always) for sharing, Solomon Ratt! kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik ispîhk kâ-mâmawinitohk tahto-awiyak kâ-pîkiskwêt mâci-pîkiskwêw ôma atamiskâkêwin ka-âpacihtât ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik.’ ôma itwêwin ‘kahkiyaw niwâhkômâkanitik’ pîksikwêwin … Continue reading

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A prayer to the four directions: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, y-dialect)

th-dialect: kisîmanitow, kinanâskomitin kotak kîsikâw î-mithiyan mâci-kîsikanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw mikisiw-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskawâsisa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpîthihtamowin. nipakitinâw cistîmâw; sâwanohk isi nimawimôstamowâw âpakosîs-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât oskâya ikwa kita-mîthit kisîwâtisowin. nipakitinîn paskwâwihkaskwa; pahkisimonihk isi nimawimôstamowâw paskwâwimostos-ahcahk kita-nâkatawîthimât okîsohpikiwa ikwa kita-mîthit sîpiyawîsiwin. nipakitinîn wîhkaskwa; kîwîtinohk … Continue reading

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kahkiyaw kâ-wâhkôhtoyahk: We are all relatives (Cree Teaching, y-dialect)

ka-kî-kiskêyihtêtan ôma, namôya kinwês mâka aciyawês piko ôma ôta kâ-ayâyahk wâsakâm askihk, êkwa ka-kakwê-miskêtân iyinîsiwin, kiskêyihtamowin, kistêyihtowin, mîna nânisitohtâtowin kahkiyaw ayisîyiniwak, êkosi ôma kahkiyaw kâ-wahkohtoyahk. ᑳᑮᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑌᑕᐣ ᐆᒪ, ᓇᒨᔭ ᑭᓊᐢ ᒫᑲ ᐊᒋᔭᐍᐢ ᐱᑯ ᐆᒪ ᐆᑕ ᑳᐊᔮᔭᕽ ᐚᓴᑳᒼ ᐊᐢᑭᐦᕽ, ᐁᑿ ᑲᑲᑵᒥᐢᑫᑖᐣ ᐃᔩᓯᐏᐣ, … Continue reading

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Four Sacred Smudges & Protocol

Thanks to Ramona Washburn sharing this great poster identifying the four sacred medicines used for smudging.

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