Category Archives: Audio (th-dialect)

Wisahkecahk and the Dogs: Solomon Ratt, 2016 (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 of which serve to explain some curious aspect of the natural world. In the case … Continue reading

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Be the Light: Amanda Gorman, translated by Solomon Ratt

Amanda Gorman’s poetry and performance at yesterday’s Presidential inauguration was breathtaking. The closing phrase of her poem, “The Hill we Climb” offers a special aspiration that we can all hold dear. Thanks, Sol, for capturing it in Cree. kapî ôma … 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 (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 Dancing Ducks (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

The story of the Dancing Ducks is a great favourite. It is also known as the Shuteye Dance, and even as Wisahkecahk’s Song Bag. Depending on the teller and the occasion, the story may morph into the Wisahkecahk’s being trapped … Continue reading

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Ida Tremblay, 2017: Wisahkecahk’s Belt (th-dialect)

 Warning: This story includes what we might call “adult content” in English. Or simply an authentically Cree sense of humour. Ida Tremblay-pan ī-ācimot nīhithaw ācathōhkāniwin kapīsiwin 2017 mistasiniy sākahikanihk oskāyak-kapīsiwinihk. The late Ida Tremblay storytelling at the Cree Storytelling … 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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The Flood (2020)

Solomon Ratt recorded the Story of the Flood 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 the audio represents … Continue reading

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2016 Wisahkecahk Migrates South (th-dialect), Translated by Ben Godden

Experienced English-speakers transcribing English can go at a fairly quick pace of 3 hours for 1 hour of audio. High quality transcription of Cree language audio takes a whole lot longer. Transcription of this story, told by Solomon Ratt in … Continue reading

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2020 Winter Solstice Storytelling – Complete Audio (Solomon Ratt)

kâ-mâwaci-cimâsik kîsikâw âcathohkîwin ᑳ ᒫᐘᒋ ᒋᒫᓯᐠ ᑮᓯᑳᐤ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᐣ Solstice Storytelling Those of us who were able to get in to the Zoom room had a great time listening to Sol’s 2020 Solstice treat that include six of the escapades of Wisahkecahk. The … Continue reading

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