Category Archives: Audio (th-dialect)

Imagine, translated by Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

Sol’s at it again. This time, John Lennon’s classic Imagine: and all on the first take! No English included here, due to copyright. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m imagining everyone singing along in Cree! 😉 mâmitonîthihta nama-kway … Continue reading

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I was torn: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

nikî-tâtopitikawin kikâwînaw askîhk ohci: kanâtaskîhk î-kî-wîkiyân. nikî-tâtopitikawin ikota ohci ta-nitawi-ayamihcikîyân ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowinihk. ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ ᑭᑳᐑᓇᐤ ᐊᐢᑮᕽ ᐅᐦᒋ: ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑮᕽ ᐄ ᑮ ᐑᑭᔮᐣ᙮ ᓂᑮ ᑖᑐᐱᑎᑲᐏᐣ ᐃᑯᑕ ᐅᐦᒋ ᑕ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑮᔮᐣ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᓂᕽ᙮ I was torn from Our Mother Earth as I was living on sacred land. I was torn from … Continue reading

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Not a Pretendian: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

[Photo: Solomon Ratt with his parents, William and Alice Ratt, 1978] There’s been a lot of discussion lately about “pretendians” of various kinds. There seems to be consensus that the “real deal” will be able to name their family and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, kohkom Sophie: National Indigenous People’s Languages Day 2021

iyiniw pīkiskwēwin kīsikāw = Indigenous People’s Language Day Thanks to Andrea Custer for agreeing (on this National Indigenous People’s Language Day) to share this reflection on her kohkom’s birthday with all of us. I can’t think of a better way … Continue reading

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Water Keeps Us Alive: International Water Day, 2021

nipiy kipimâcihikonaw : ᓂᐱᐩ ᑭᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᑯᓇᐤ Water Keeps us Alive (Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this magical photo of a beaver swimming in sunlit Wascana Creek.) Water is fundamental to life: we can’t exist without it. Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) recently built … Continue reading

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âyâs, 2018, 2021: Solomon Ratt (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, or teach some important … Continue reading

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Wisahkecahk Snares the Sun (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, or teach some important … Continue reading

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Becoming Proficient: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

okiskinwahamâkanak nikâh-kakîskimâwak: aniki kâ-nohtî-nîhithowîcik nohtâwîpan nikî-kiskinwahamâk ta-isi-tâpakwîyân. nikî-mîthik âpacihcikana ta-ohci-tâpakwâkiyân: cîkahikanis ta-kîskatahwakwâw miscikosak, tâpakwâniyâpiy, ikwa mohkomân ta-manisamân miscikosa ta-sihtoskahamân tâpakwân. nikî-kiskinohtahik ita ta-miskamân wâposo-mîskanâsa ikwa mîna ta-isi-nisitawinamân iyakoni. nikî-kiskinwahamâk ta-isi-othastâyân tâpakwâniyâpiy ikwa tânisi ta-isi-akotâyân wâposo-mîskanâsihk. nistam kâ-akotâyân wâposo-tâpakwân nikî-mamâthân mâka … Continue reading

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Origin of the Moon (th-dialect)

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

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Sacred Stories Heal, Final Zoom Session: 22 February 2021, 7pm CST

[updated 22 Feb, 7pm] To join live Zoom session, Click Here Passcode: 642920 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 … Continue reading

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