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.

môswa kâ-itâpacihiht / How Moose can be Used: Solomon Ratt (th- and y-dialects)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for his text (and PowerPoint, and reading) and Christine Ravenis for her gorgeous images, shared together in this lesson video. Watch and read along, or scroll down to find text in printable form.

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Cree Prisoner’s Song: William Burn Stick c. 1966

The late Tyrone Tootoosis, Jr is sorely missed, though his spirit remains with many. I suspect it’s his post from five years ago this week that has the Cree Prisoner’s Song circulating on FaceBook once again. Here’s what Tyrone said … Continue reading

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Darlene Auger’s Lullabye Teachings

I’ve been hearing wonderful things about Darlene Auger’s Cree lullabies, though I haven’t managed to get a copy of my own just yet. Thanks to Kevin Lewis for sharing this YouTube video of Darlene offering her teachings to two moms … Continue reading

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tâpâhkômiwêwin “adopting others”: Darren Okemaysim (y-dialect)

I’m not sure what inspired this thought today from Darren Okemaysim, but it made me proud to feel that his words extend to me, and to Arok Wolvengrey, and our respective places in the extended adopted family of the late … Continue reading

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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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