Category Archives: Sacred Stories

Index of Cree Mythology: Dr Kevin Brousseau

As we focus this month on traditional story telling presented orally by Solomon Ratt, it has been a pleasure to watch the creation of yet another powerful resource in Cree cultural literacy. Dr Kevin Brousseau (author of “Kepin’s Cree Language … Continue reading

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Sacred Stories Heal, Zoom Session 2: 8 February 2021, 7pm CST

To join live session, Click Here Zoom sessions will take place each Monday in February: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Each session begins at 7pm Central Standard Time. (7pm in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 6pm in Alberta) Sessions will be jointly hosted … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk and the Birch Trees: Solomon Ratt 2016, 2019, 2021 (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). This story of Wisahkecahk and the Birch Trees explains how the birch trees got their markings. Variations from one telling to the next give us … Continue reading

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Rolling Head (Solomon Ratt 2016, 2019, 2021, th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). This particular story, the Rolling Head, is the initial myth of the Cree Trickster Cycle. It has been handed down over millenia from generation to … Continue reading

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Sacred Stories Heal, Zoom Session 1: 1 February 2021, 7pm CST

To join live sessions, Click Here [11:50 am: Meeting link updated – should work now.] Zoom sessions will take place each Monday in February: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd. Each session begins at 7pm Central Standard Time. (7pm in Manitoba and … Continue reading

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The Flood, 2016, 2019, 2020 (th-dialect) – an âtayôhkêwin (Sacred Story)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Solomon Ratt recorded a first video telling of this story in February 2016. In 2019 he prepared a text edition of the story with translation … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk and the Dogs: Solomon Ratt, 2016, 2021 (th-dialect)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, which often serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world. This short and funny … Continue reading

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Big Skunk, 2017 (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

From the 2017 Storytelling Camp, transcription and video captioning provided by Ben Godden; reading edition (text and translation) edited by Solomon Ratt (2021).

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Big Skunk, 2017, 2021 (th-dialect) – an âtayôhkêwin (Sacred Story)

The Cree word for “sacred story” or “myth” is âtayôhkêwin (in y-dialect), âcathôhkîwin (in th-dialect). Wisahkecahk is the protagonist in many of these stories, but in this case, our “hero” is the Big Skunk. Solomon Ratt told this story at … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk and the Little Startlers (2020)

Solomon Ratt recorded this telling of the Little Startlers on Winter Solstice 2020, in an online storytelling performance via Zoom. He also provided the accompanying text, which represents a different telling of the same story. The text and audio do … Continue reading

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