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- My language is respected: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect), Respect: Arok Wolvengrey (y-dialect) March 23, 2019
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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
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
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.
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.
nîmihito ᓃᒥᐦᐃᑐ, nikamo ᓂᑲᒧ, âtayôhkê ᐋᑕᔫᐦᑫ; natohta kâ-kâmwâtahk ᓇᑐᐦᑕ ᑳᑳᒫᐧᑕᕽ Dance; sing; tell sacred stories; listen to the silence.
A fabulous little observation about precision in Cree from the FaceBook Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day group, thanks to Arok Wolvengrey. It helps to illustrate the importance of context to translate into Cree appropriately. When somebody asked how to … Continue reading
With thanks to Solomon Ratt for sharing in his mother language – Woodlands Cree (th-dialect), in honour of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2019. You can read along with his video here – or you can use the following … Continue reading
Sol offers this as his contribution to story-telling month for 2019. One friend commented that the story is hardly new: people have been making the same complaint about bosses for millenia! I hope it makes you laugh! pêyakwâw kî-kâh-kihkâmitiwak pâh-pahki … Continue reading
oskinîkiw: î-pî-nitomiskwîmitân awa kitânis. ᐅᐢᑭᓃᑭᐤ: ᐄ ᐲ ᓂᑐᒥᐢᑹᒥᑖᐣ ᐊᐘ ᑭᑖᓂᐢ᙮ Young dude: I have come to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage. kisîyinîw: î-mwayî-kîsasiwâtamân kîspin ôma ka-mitho-wîcîwihtonânowin nîkân wîhtamawin kinîkihokwak owîhthowiniwâwa, kohkom ikwa kimosôm owîhthowiniwâwa, kôcâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kitâniskotâpânak owîhthowiniwâwa, kihcâniskocâpâmak owîhthowiniwâwa. … Continue reading