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What a Wonderful World (Solomon Ratt, th-dialect)

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for this translation of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” – which was a favourite lullabye when my boys were small. You may notice how some English words have been omitted to make the long, Cree … Continue reading

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Bless Me Today – Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

  kisî-manitow, sawîthimin anohc ta-mitho-kanawâpamakwâw athisitinwak; ta-mitho-pîkiskwâtakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-nitohtawakwâw athisitiniwak; ta-mitho-mâmitonîthihtamân pimâtisiwin. hay hay, kinanâskomitin. ᑭᓰ ᒪᓂᑐᐤ, ᓴᐑᖨᒥᐣ ᐊᓄᐦᐨ ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᑲᓇᐚᐸᒪᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓌᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑕᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᓂᑐᐦᑕᐘᒁᐤ ᐊᖨᓯᑎᓂᐘᐠ; ᑕ ᒥᖪ ᒫᒥᑐᓃᖨᐦᑕᒫᐣ ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᐣ᙮ ᐦᐊᐩ ᐦᐊᐩ, ᑭᓇᓈᐢᑯᒥᑎᐣ᙮ Creator, bless me today to be able to look at the … Continue reading

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Spirituality: Solomon Ratt (y-, th- and n-dialects)

ahcâhkowin: askiy, kîsik, sîpiy, yôtin: miyo-wîcêhtowin kâ-kistêyihtamahk kahkiyaw ôhi. ᐊᐦᒑᐦᑯᐏᐣ:  ᐊᐢᑭᐩ,  ᑮᓯᐠ,  ᓰᐱᐩ,  ᔫᑎᐣ: ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ  ᑳ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ  ᑲᐦᑭᔭᐤ  ᐆᐦᐃ᙮ Spirituality: earth, sky, river, wind: There is harmony when we respect all of these. th-dialect: ahcâhkowin: askiy kîsik sîpiy thôtin mitho-wîcîhtowin kâ-kistîthihtamahk … Continue reading

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Covid Safety Reminder: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

  kikiskamohkan âkohkwênikanêkin: kihcêyim kiwîci-ayisiyiniw kâ-itohtêyan ayisiyinînahk. ᑭᑭᐢᑲᒧᐦᑲᐣ ᐋᑯᐦᑵᓂᑲᓀᑭᐣ: ᑭᐦᒉᔨᒼ ᑭᐑᒋ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓂᐤ ᑳ ᐃᑐᐦᑌᔭᐣ ᐊᔨᓯᔨᓃᓇᕽ᙮ Wear mouth covering: be considerate of people when you go out where people are.  (Since the jury is still out on a suitable word for mouth-and-nose covering … Continue reading

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Hot off the Press: Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents (Solomon Ratt: y-dialect)

The latest language preservation publication from Patricia Ningewance Nadeau’s Mazinaate Inc will soon be a must-have all across the prairies. I was proud to pick up mine straight from the publisher last night.  Pocket Plains Cree for Kids and Parents: … Continue reading

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Language Teacher Training Opportunity

Thanks to Heather Souter for her personal endorsement of this general language teaching (non-Cree) program. Learn more online: https://forms.gle/6FXM4HTdvsGBf1kb8) Heather writes: My friend and mentor Tina Hargaden is offering scholarships to her Summer Institutes for teaching language. The focus is … Continue reading

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kanâtaskihk / Sacred Land: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

pikwâtaskamikâhk ninohtê-pah-pimahkamikisin; kanâtaskihk ta-ayâyân:êkotê nika-miskên miyo-wîcêhtowin mîna wânaskêwin. ᐱᒁᑕᐢᑲᒥᑳᕽ ᓂᓄᐦᑌᐸᐦᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᐣ; ᑲᓈᑕᐢᑭᕽ ᑕ ᐊᔮᔮᐣ᙮ᐁᑯᑌ ᓂᑲ ᒥᐢᑫᐣ ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᒦᓇ ᐚᓇᐢᑫᐏᐣ᙮ I want to be in the wilderness, to be on sacred land:Over there I will find harmony and inner peace. (Speaking … Continue reading

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On OUR Land (Solomon Ratt, y-dialect)

êkâwiya nikoskâcihinân; nitaskînâhk ôma nitayânân. ᐁᑳᐏᔭ ᓂᑯᐢᑳᒋᐦᐃᓈᐣ; ᓂᑕᐢᑮᓈᕽ ᐆᒪ ᓂᑕᔮᓈᐣ᙮ Don’t disturb us; we are on OUR land. In solidarity with Wet’suwet’en, and with land and water protectors across Canada. News from Winnipeg that a racist counter-protestor walked into the … Continue reading

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Atikamekw Vocabulary Tools (in French): Alloprof.qc.ca

Have you ever wondered about the r-dialect of Cree? Atikamekw is one of the Cree dialects spoken in southwest Quebec in the communities of Obidjewan, Manawan and Wemontachie. People there call their language Nehiromowin. Merci à mon amie Marie-Christine Payette … Continue reading

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A joking meme for Groundhog Day (Solomon Ratt: th-dialect)

“You ain’t nothin’ but a groundhog, lyin’ all the time; If you see your shadow, you ain’t no friend of mine!” (to Sol: “Thank you, thank you very much!”  wînask (the more common form for groundhog) is a shortened form … Continue reading

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