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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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Falynn Baptiste Christmas Album 2020 (y-dialect)

Here is a special treat for Christmas 2020, ready to launch December 11th from Falynn Baptiste, who is a Cree-Métis woman form Red Pheasant First Nation. Enjoy her YouTube video of O Holy Night below, or listen here to samples … Continue reading

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Skinnard’s Simple Man: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Art Napoleon for permission to share his interpretation of Lynyrd Skinnard’s “Simple Man,” so we can all listen and sing along. Translating any song text into Cree presents a special kind of challenge. English words are typically short; … Continue reading

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First Nations University Fall 2020 Valedictory

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for sharing the following video excerpt from the October 2020 Virtual Convocation of First Nations University, emceed jointly in English and Cree by Dustin Brass and Simon Bird (#creesimonsays). The highlight of the video is the … 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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University of Saskatchewan Graduate Honour Song (y-dialect)

Thanks to Winona Wheeler for sharing this YouTube post from Media Production at University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca) in honour of 2020 graduates, and congratulations to each one of them: We are all proud of your accomplishments and wish you great … Continue reading

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Simple Man: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Skynyrd’s Simple Man in Nîhiyawîwin (Northern Cree Y dialect) Thank you, Art, for permitting us to share your new translation (and thank you, Sol, for editorial help!) Nice performance!  nimâmâ î-kî-wîhtamawitkâkî-apisîsisiyânôta wîtapamin kiya nikosiskwayask nitohta kâ-wîhtamâtânôtî nîkân ka-miyo-âpatantâpwîkiyâm piyahtik kâya … Continue reading

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