Category Archives: Audio (y-dialect)

Baby-related Vocabulary (y-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for giving us a start on baby-related vocabulary (audio below), and to Karlee Fellner for letting us share her own, tiny, poster-child, Naatósíniipi Nikosis. There’s a lot of cultural teaching within the vocabulary Sol assembled: the … Continue reading

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Cover your mouth and nose (Solomon Ratt, y, th-dialects)

th-dialect: change the ê in êkwa to i (ikwa) Audio by Mânikâmâkôk (Ramona) MacKenzie

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sôskwâc ayapik : Just Stay Home! (all dialects)


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In Flanders Fields (2020): Simon Bird (y-dialect)

Thank you to Simon Bird (#CreeSimonSays) for the many hours he has invested in this beautiful multi-media tribute to Indigenous Veterans, built around the traditional Remembrance Day poem in Plains Cree (as translated by Jean Okimāsis and Arok Wolvengrey). For … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget 2020: Solomon Ratt (th- and y-dialects)

What does it mean when we say, “Lest We Forget,” and how do we say it in Cree?  There are many ways of translating this phrase into Cree, but even in English, “lest” is not a common word anymore – … 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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Cree Demonstrative Pronouns by Andrea Custer (y-dialect)

Sometimes Cree language complexity makes English look impoverished. Take this lesson on demonstrative pronouns, for example, that English tries to cover with merely “this/these” and “that/those.” Thanks to Andrea Custer for permission to share this really carefully crafted lesson that … Continue reading

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Orange Shirt Day 2020

tahto awâsis asitakimâw ᑕᐦᑐ ᐊᐚᓯᐢ ᐊᓯᑕᑭᒫᐤ Every child matters

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New Moccasins for School 2020

kâ-kî-sipwîyôtîhoyân ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-kikiskîn nipahkîkinaskisina kâ-kî-osîhtamawit nikâwîpan. ayamihâwi-kiskinwahamâtowikamikohk nikî-mîthikawin pimipâhtâwaskisina ikwa kî-wîpinamwak nipahkîkinaskisina…namwâc mâka kî-ohci-nipahtâwak okâwîmâw-sâkihitowin. ᑳ ᑮ ᓯᐿᔫᑏᐦᐅᔮᐣ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᑭᑭᐢᑮᐣ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᑳ ᑮ ᐅᓰᐦᑕᒪᐏᐟ ᓂᑳᐑᐸᐣ᙮ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐋᐏ ᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑐᐏᑲᒥᑯᕽ ᓂᑮ ᒦᖨᑲᐏᐣ ᐱᒥᐹᐦᑖᐘᐢᑭᓯᓇ ᐃᑿ ᑮ ᐑᐱᓇᒷᐠ ᓂᐸᐦᑮᑭᓇᐢᑭᓯᓇ᙮..ᓇᒹᐨ ᒫᑲ ᑮ ᐅᐦᒋ ᓂᐸᐦᑖᐘᐠ ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ ᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ᙮ Off to residential school I proudly wore my new moccasins … Continue reading

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2021 Calendar: Solomon Ratt, y- and th-dialects

2021 Cree Calendar – A gift for all of us from Solomon Ratt. Click here to download a copy you can print for yourself! Cree Language Calendar 2021 Note that the PDF pages are designed for legal size paper (8.5×14″). … Continue reading

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