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.

The Rainbow: A Plains Cree Story (y-dialect)

I am grateful that a beautiful new bilingual Cree/English book found its way to me this week, thanks to author Jean Miso, and Dolores Greyeyes Sand: ninanâskomon! The book is titled The Rainbow: A Plains Cree Story interpreted by Jean … Continue reading

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Cree Language Warriors (ca. 1990)

I’m not sure who took the photo of this good looking, passionate gang of Cree language warriors  kitâhkamêyimonâwâw, but 30+ years later, they’re all still hard at work. Posed together in this undated photo from SICC, we have: from the … Continue reading

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We Live on [Turtle] Island: Eva Cardinal quoting the late Agnes Bull (y-dialect)

“ôma ôta ê-wîkîstamahk ministihk, iyiniw ôta ê-kî-miyikôsit ta-kisâtahk êwako ôma askiy. mâcika kîstanaw ê-kî-miyikôsiyahk nêhiyawêwin êkwa iyiniwak kotakak wîstawâw ê-kî-miyikôsicik opîkiskwêwiniwâw. kiyânaw tâpwê piko wanihtâyâhki kipîkiskwêwininaw êkosi ê-wî-wanihtâyâh. namoya kiyânaw nêtê akâmaskihk ka-kî-itohtânaw ta-nitawi-nitonamahk, ka-nitonayahk awiyak ta-âsônamâkoyahk nêhiyawêwin, kiyânaw anima … Continue reading

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wapâwikoscikanihk “At the narrows of fear”: Andrea Custer (th-dialect with audio)

wapâwikoscikanihk is the traditional Cree name for Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan, and the Woods Cree reserve located there. Translated literally into English, the Cree name means “At the narrows of Fear.” This story is shared here thanks to Andrea Custer, who … Continue reading

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Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms – Free Download

Sincere thanks to Arzu Sardarli who has given us permission on behalf of his team to share their award-winning Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms for Elementary School as a free downloadable PDF. This first-of-its-kind mathematical dictionary is especially valuable to … Continue reading

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The Middle Sibling: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect; y-dialect)

A practice dialogue for students to describe the makeup of their family.

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 20. Question Words

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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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Stay home: Learn Cree – 19. Social Distancing

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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