kîs’kaw (For a Moment): Wayne Jackson (Northern y-dialect)

Thanks to Wayne Jackson for sharing this song, written for the MMIW of Canada in 2009 as part of the CD compilation “Colours of My Life”

Visit ReverbNation to find more of Wayne’s recordings. 

opêpêmow, sipwêpiciw,
nakatêw onêkîhikwa,
wahyaw itohtêw,
mâtoyiwa ocânisa,
wîsta mâtow
mâmitonêyimêw wîtisâna,
She has a baby, she’s moved away,
She left her parents,
She’s gone oh so far,
Her baby cries, she cries along,
She’s thinking of her siblings too,
Chorus:
kîs'kaw kîwêtotâtam,
ê-kî-sâkihêt,
kîs'kaw kîwêtotâtam,
cîkêyihtamowin,
Chorus: For one moment she was at home,
Where she was loved,
For one moment she was at home,
Happiness,
wâstahikêw, pôsipayihow,
îskwayâc kî-wâpamâw,
kî-miskawâw,
mâtoyiwa ocânisa, wîsta okâwiya,
ê-mâmitonêyimêt kâkikê,
She hitchhikes, she gets into the vehicle,
That’s the last time she’s seen,
She is found (murdered)
Her baby cries, her mom does too,
She’s thought of all the time,
kîs'kaw kîwêtotâtam,
ê-kî-sâkihêt,
kîs'kaw kîwêtotâtam,
cîkêyihtamowin,
Chorus: For one moment she was at home,
Where she was loved,
For one moment she was at home,
Happiness,
mâtoyiwa ocânisa, wîsta okâwiya,
ê-mâmitonêyimêt kâkikê.
Her baby cries, her mom does too,
She’s thought of all the time.

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The Middle Sibling: Solomon Ratt (th-dialect; y-dialect)

Sol (the middle sibling) between two of his brothers. no date.

A practice dialogue for students to describe the makeup of their family. Continue reading

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Stay home: Learn Cree -29. Simon Bird – Thinking of You

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

A video lesson today from Simon Bird #CreeSimonSays, that gives us words to reach out and offer solace to one person or to several with grace. Thanks, Simon: kimâmitonêyimitinân kîsta. 

Thinking of you:

y-dialect 

  • I am thinking of you (one): kimâmitonêyimitin
  • I am thinking of  you (all): kimâmitonêyimitinâwâw
  • We are thinking of you (one): kimâmitonêyimitinân
  • We are thinking of you (all) : kimâmitonêyimitinân

th-dialect 

  • I am thinking of you (one): kimâmitonîthimitin
  • I am thinking of  you (all): kimâmitonîthimitinâwâw
  • We are thinking of you (one): kimâmitonîthimitinân
  • We are thinking of you (all) : kimâmitonîthimitinân

n-dialect 

  • I am thinking of you (one): kimâmitonênimitin
  • I am thinking of  you (all): kimâmitonênimitinâwâw
  • We are thinking of you (one): kimâmitonênimitinân
  • We are thinking of you (all) : kimâmitonênimitinân

Words to use in response (y, th- and n-dialects) 

To respond that you are thinking of them in return, you can add one of these pronouns onto the verb forms given above, or just use the pronoun on its own. Remember that Cree has different forms of you for singular and plural (one person or many). 

  • you, too; you as well: kîsta 
  • we, too; we-and-you, too; all of us as well: kîstanaw
  • you (all), too; you (all) as well: kîstawâw 

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree -28. Days of the Week

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Today, we focus on days of the week, first, simply reading and reciting them in y- or th-dialect (as you prefer), and then in another of Sol’s (y-dialect) teaching video that uses the days of the week to illustrate daily activities and telling time. 

Y-dialectTh-dialectEnglish
ayamihêwikîsikâwayamihikîsikâwSunday
pêyakokîsikâwpiyakokîsikâwMonday
nîsokîsikâwnîsokîsikâwTuesday
nistokîsikâwnistokîsikâwWednesday
nêwokîsikâwniyokîsikâwThursday
niyânanokîsikâwniyânanokîsikâwFriday
nikotwâsokîsikâwmâtinâwikîsikâwSaturday

 

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree -27. A simple conversation

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Today we offer a brief conversation with audio, borrowed directly from Ken Paupanekis’s Introduction to Cree Language course, which he has taught for years at University College of the North and the University of Manitoba. Ken is an n-dialect speaker from kinosêwi-sîpiy (Norway House, MB). His friend Loretta is from pimicikamâk (Cross Lake, MB). 

In this little conversation, the only words that vary with dialect are the personal pronouns:

nîna > niya > nîtha “I, me”
kîna > kiya > kîtha “you” 

In the text (below), we have followed Ken’s habit of underlining the N sound that changes (to help readers adjust for their own dialect). If you’d like to substitute the name of your own home community, you can look it up here.  

Since Elders teach that saying a real “goodbye” is not part of Cree culture, you might also notice that Ken and Loretta close the conversation with kîhtwâm kika-wâpamitin: “I’ll see you again,” which is often casually shorted to kîhtwâm. 

Ken: tânisi, Ken nîna. awêna kîna? 
Loretta: Loretta nîna.
Ken: kinosêwi-sîpiy ohci nîna. tânitê ohci kîna? 
Loretta: pimicikamâk ohci nîna.
Ken: kîhtwâm kika-wâpamitin.
Loretta: êkosi, kîhtwâm kika-wâpamitin. 

K: How are you, I’m Ken. What’s your name?
L: I’m Loretta.
K: I’m from Norway House. Where are you from?
L: I’m from Cross Lake. 
K: I’ll see you again,
L: That’s good. I’ll see you again. 

When you’re ready for more, you can find more of Ken’s Intro Cree audio files here: 
https://creeliteracy.org/for-language-learners/ken-paupanekis-audio-files-for-introductory-cree/ (Conversation features in the second recording for each unit). 

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 26. Covid kâhkâkiw

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Manitoba Cree elders and healthcare workers recently produced this video in Cree, featuring kahkakiw (SRO: kâhkâkiw), a Cree-speaking raven puppet who gives really useful explanation in Cree of social distancing and disease transmission. Learn more about the team of creators here: http://covid19indigenous.ca/who-we-are/research-team/

Our good friend Bill Jancewicz works in Labrador supporting speakers and students of Naskapi, the eastern-most member of the Cree language family. He first spotted our raven friend all the way out east, and sent him back over this way to visit.  

Here’s the story as presented by CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/covid-health-information-cree-raven-1.5528099

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 25. More Verbs

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Today, a quick greeting from Solomon Ratt, followed by a more advanced lesson in verbs, including verbs as commands, as declarative sentences, sentences and even in future tense.  Use the click-to-read tool (alt-click or option-click) to look up each verb stem in the itwêwina online dictionary to see the verb in even more forms. 

SROsyllabicEnglish
kwâskohtiwᒁᐢᑯᐦᑎᐤs/he jumps
ayamihcikêwᐊᔭᒥᐦᒋᑫᐤs/he reads
mîcisowᒦᒋᓱᐤs/he eats
nipâsiwᓂᐹᓯᐤs/he naps
sîkahowᓰᑲᐦᐅᐤs/he combs his/her own hair
nahapiwᓇᐦᐊᐱᐤs/he sits down
wâstinikêwᐚᐢᑎᓂᑫᐤs/he waves
pimipahtawᐱᒥᐸᐦᑕᐤs/he jumps
âcimowᐋᒋᒧᐤs/he tells a story

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 24. Online Talent Show

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

An invitation today for learners today from Nehiyawak Language Experience to demonstrate what you’ve learned about Cree through performance. Sing a song, read a poem, tell a story: Help encourage other language speakers, and make this fun! (Looking for an existing song or text to perform? Try looking through the categories list on the right of this page, or enter a keyword in the search box.) 

Learn more about how this will work: https://nehiyawak.org/talent-show/

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 23. When We Hold On (y-dialect)

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

Today Sol has provided an original meme with audio, based on his own photo of last week’s pink moon. It’s a reminder of what all we have to gain by retaining the Cree language. You’re welcome to print the image to read along!

Text follows here follow with the click-and-read tool (use alt-click or option-click on each word, to get dictionary lookup.) 

ispîhk kâ-miciminamahk kipîkiskwêwininaw
kimiciminênaw kâ-âh-isi-pîkiskwâtitoyahk;

ispîhk kâ-miciminamahk kâ-âh-isi-pîkiskwâtitoyahk
kimiciminênaw kitâtayôhkêwininawa;

ispîhk kâ-miciminamahk kitâtayôhkêwininawa
kimiciminênaw kikiskinwahamâkosiwininaw;

ispîhk kâ-miciminamahk kikiskinwahamâkosiwininaw
kimiciminênaw kinêhiyawâtisowininaw.

ᐃᐢᐲᕽ ᑳ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᕽ ᑭᐲᑭᐢᑵᐏᓂᓇᐤ ᑭᒥᒋᒥᓀᓇᐤ ᑳ ᐋᐦᐃᓯ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑎᑐᔭᕽ;

ᐃᐢᐲᕽ ᑳ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᕽ ᑳ ᐋᐦᐃᓯ ᐲᑭᐢᒁᑎᑐᔭᕽ ᑭᒥᒋᒥᓀᓇᐤ ᑭᑖᑕᔫᐦᑫᐏᓂᓇᐘ;

ᐃᐢᐲᕽ ᑳ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᕽ ᑭᑖᑕᔫᐦᑫᐏᓂᓇᐘ ᑭᒥᒋᒥᓀᓇᐤ ᑭᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑯᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ;

ᐃᐢᐲᕽ ᑳ ᒥᒋᒥᓇᒪᕽ ᑭᑭᐢᑭᓌᐦᐊᒫᑯᓯᐏᓂᓇᐤ ᑭᒥᒋᒥᓀᓇᐤ ᑭᓀᐦᐃᔭᐚᑎᓱᐏᓂᓇᐤ᙮

When we hold on to our language we hold on to our oral tradition;
when we hold on to our oral tradition we hold on to our sacred stories;
when we hold on to our sacred stories we hold on to our education system;
when we hold on to our education system we hold on to our Cree essence.

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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Stay home: Learn Cree – 22. Cree Verbs with Caitlyn

While we’re all in isolation, we’re going to try to post one video a day from Sol’s existing teaching library, and the teaching libraries of some of his friends. Like Sasquatch himself, Solomon Ratt has experience with self isolation. Who better to help out with online Cree lessons for remote learning?  

This short video was created by Charlie Venne ten years ago, and first appeared on this blog in 2017. It’s still a treat to see Caitlyn energetically demonstrate these seven verbs! 

In the lesson, Charlie gives each verb in 3rd person form – that is, the form you use for “he or she.” To find the correct endings for other persons (I, you, we, they), click on the links in the table. They will connect you the same forms (for the y-dialect) in the itwêwina online dictionary, where all of the verb’s forms (a complete paradigm) are listed. 

th-dialect (as in video)y-dialect (SRO)English
pimohtîpimohtêwwalk
pimikoskawipimipahtâwrun
iskwatawêiskwatawîwclimb up
pimosinîpimosinêwthrow
nicahtawênîhtakosîwclimb down
sôskwaciwêwsôskwaciwêwslide
nîmihitonîmihitodance

Find lots more of Charlie’s videos, stories and more at http://firstnationstories.com/.

(About Sol’s shirt: https://creeliteracy.org/2020/03/17/awas-go-away-most-dialects/)

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