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Eugene Cardinal: In Memoriam

Thanks to Viper Nayawatic for sharing his video of late Eugene Cardinal (below), singing the Cree Sunrise Song. It’s a lovely way to honour our late Elder who left us in January of this year, after giving so much to … Continue reading

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Fragments of Reality: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:âcathohkîwina masinahikanihkkâ-kî-mâwasakonahkwâw opîtatowîwak;namôtha iyakoni misakâmî âcathohkîwina,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:nîsta mîna nikiskisin apisîs ikwa pah-piskihc âcathohkîwina;namôthah misakâmî âcathohkîwina iyakoni,pah-piskihc poko tâpwîwina. pah-piskihc tâpwîwina:ta-apihkîyahk âcathohkîwinamasinahikanihk ohci mîna kikiskisnowininahk;mâmawi-atoskîyahki kika-misakâmî-astânaw âcathohkîwina,namôtha poko pah-piskihc tâpwîwina. ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ ᑖᐿᐏᓇ:ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ ᒪᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᓂᕽᑳ ᑮ ᒫᐘᓴᑯᓇᐦᒁᐤ ᐅᐲᑕᑐᐑᐘᐠ;ᓇᒨᖬ ᐃᔭᑯᓂ ᒥᓴᑳᒦ ᐋᒐᖪᐦᑮᐏᓇ,ᐸᐦ ᐱᐢᑭᐦᐨ … Continue reading

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Joe Fafard: oskana kâ-asastêki 

I’m sad to learn of the passing of Saskatchewan artist Joe Fafard. My all-time favourite piece of his is called “Oskana” – the Cree word for “bones”. The name is a clever pun on the old Cree name for Regina: … Continue reading

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A Meditation for Smudging: Pearleen Kanewopasikot (y-dialect)

nimiyāhkasēn niskīsikwa, ta-wāpahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nikot, ta-miyahtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nitōn, kwayask ta-isi-pīkiskwēyān.nimiyāhkasēn nihtawakaya, ta-pēhtamān kīkwaya kā-miywāsiki.nimiyāhkasēn nistikwan, kwayask ta-isi-māmitonēyihtamān. ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon, ninanāskomon. ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑲᐧ,  ᑕ ᐋᐧᐸᐦᑕᒫᐣ  ᑮᑲᐧᔭ  ᑳ ᒥᔮᐧᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑯᐟ,  ᑕ  ᒥᔭᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᑮᑿᔭ ᑳ ᒥᔼᓯᑭ᙮ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  ᓂᑑᐣ,  ᑲᐧᔭᐢᐠ  ᑕ ᐃᓯ ᐲᑭᐢᑫᐧᔮᐣ᙮ ᓂᒥᔮᐦᑲᓭᐣ  … Continue reading

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Hockey Night from Enoch’s!

Before anybody can say, “kitâskwêw, pihtakwatâw!!!!! (He shoots, he scores!!!), we can already name the first, second, third and fourth stars of the March 24, 2019 NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Carolina Hurricanes: Earl Wood, Clarence Iron, … Continue reading

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Think Indigenous Education Conference: Edmonton 2019

If you’re in Edmonton in March, be sure to check into the Think Indigenous conference, hosted by Enoch Cree Nation. Stay tuned for conference program updates at http://www.thinkindigenous.ca/. If you can get there, keep an eye out for astronomer Wilfred … Continue reading

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Speaking to our relatives: Solomon Ratt (most dialects)

Solomon Ratt, okawiya, ohtâwima êkwa. Sol, his mother and his father.[/caption] When we spoke to our relatives, their names were never used. Instead, to show respect, we would address our relatives using special “vocative” forms of the kinship terms. (Some families … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

ᐃᐢᑵᐘᐠ            iskwêwak: Women: ᐱᒫᒋᐦᐃᐍᐠ     pimâcihiwêwak – give life; ᑭᓭᐚᑎᓯᐠ        kisêwâtisiwak – are kind; ᓵᑭᐦᐃᐍᐘᐠ        sâkihiwêwak – give love; ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓯᐘᐠ tapahtêyimisiwak – are humble; ᓲᐦᑭᓯᐘᐠ  sôhkisiwak – are strong; ᓲᐦᑭᑌᐦᐁᐠ     sôhkitêhêwak – are brave; ᐋᐦᑲᒣᔨᒧᐠ  âhkamêyimowak – persevere. ᓰᐱᐦᑭᐠ        sîpihkisiwak … Continue reading

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Every time I step on earth: Solomon Ratt

tahtwâw kâ-tahkoskêyân askîhk tâpiskôc ê-mawimoscikêyân.ᑕᐦᑤᐤ ᑳᑕᐦᑯᐢᑫᔮᐣ ᐊᐢᑮᕽ ᑖᐱᐢᑰᐨ ᐁᒪᐏᒧᐢᒋᑫᔮᐣ᙮Every time I step on the earth is like saying a traditional prayer.

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Only these are important: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

kâ-kisipipayik, nama-nânitaw mistahi kîkwaya. ôhi piko kihcêyihtâkwana: wâhkôhtowin, wîcêwahkanihtowin, wîkiwin, êkwa wâniskîwin. ᑳ ᑭᓯᐱᐸᔨᐠ, ᓇᒪ ᓈᓂᑕᐤ ᒥᐢᑕᐦᐃ ᑮᑿᔭ᙮ ᐆᐦᐃ ᐱᑯ ᑭᐦᒉᔨᐦᑖᑿᓇ: ᐚᐦᑰᐦᑐᐏᐣ, ᐑᒉᐘᐦᑲᓂᐦᑐᐏᐣ, ᐑᑭᐏᐣ, ᐁᑿ ᐚᓂᐢᑮᐏᐣ᙮ In the end not much matters. Only these are important: kinship, friendship, home, and inner peace.

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