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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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Dance, sing, tell sacred stories: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

nîmihito ᓃᒥᐦᐃᑐ, nikamo ᓂᑲᒧ, âtayôhkê ᐋᑕᔫᐦᑫ; natohta kâ-kâmwâtahk ᓇᑐᐦᑕ ᑳᑳᒫᐧᑕᕽ Dance; sing; tell sacred stories; listen to the silence.

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Wake up my sisters!

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

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kîkwây kiwihtamâkonaw âcathohkîwina? What do our stories tell us? Solomon Ratt (th-dialect, audio)

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

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Chief Anus: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect)

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

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Good news for Valentine’s Day! Solomon Ratt (th-dialect)

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

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miyo-sâkihitowin-kîsikanisik 2019! Talking Hearts

Ever wonder what those little candy hearts might say if they were written in Cree?  Solomon Ratt knows all kinds of sweet nothings (!) but I opted to keep this G-rated for classroom use.  😉 Maybe there’s even a classroom … Continue reading

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Midnight Shine: Heart of Gold Video

You’ve got to love the feel and the smiles in the Attawapiskat-filmed video that even credits the Rez Dogs. And it’s even more fun to sing along in Cree. (N-dialect text transcription, thanks to Ken Paupanekis) niwî-pimâtisin, niwî-mîniwânninanâtawâpamâw kâ-mino-têhêtmôna nitayân … Continue reading

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Speaking Cree to Power

We are all proud of Robert-Falcon Oullette for his role in bringing Cree into the House of Commons. As he reclaims the language which is his birthright, we are also proud of Kevin Lewis and Darren Okemaysim and others working … Continue reading

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