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More songs for kids: owanihikēw kī-wanihikēsiw (tune: Old MacDonald)

This Cree “Old MacDonald” is not a farmer: he’s a trapper, and a good one too. He catches muskrat, beaver, otters, fishers and lynx, here, there and everywhere! owanihikēw kī-wanihikēsiw wanihikēskanāhk kī-wanihikamawēw wacaskwa wanihikēskanāhk wacask ōta; wacask nētē ota, nētē, … Continue reading

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More songs for kids: The Bear Went Over the Mountain / maskwa aspin pasiciwacīhk

From the collection of Dolores Sand Plains Cree translation by Ida McLeod & Freda Ahenakew maskwa aspin pasiciwacīhk maskwa aspin pasiciwacīhk maskwa aspin pasiciwacīhk ē-nitawi-wāpahtahk kīkwāy ē-wāpahtahk? kīkwāy ē-wāpahtahk? kwēsk-ītē piko wacīhk kwēsk-ītē piko wacīhk kwēsk-ītē piko wacīhk piko isi-wāpahtam … Continue reading

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More songs for kids: This Old Man / awa kisêyiniw

Thanks to Ness Michaels of Sunshine Records, for permission to post this audio recording. See purchase details below. The recording is in Swamy Cree (n-dialect). The following Plains Cree (y-dialect) text is from the collection of Dolores Sand. Plains Cree translation by … Continue reading

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Time at School: A teaching song by Brian MacDonald

Sending wishes for a happy and successful school year to students and teachers of Cree wherever they live! Time at School (adapted by Dolores Sand) pēyak tipahkan nitatoskān, nitatoskān, nitatoskān pēyak tipahikan nitatoskān pōn-āpihtā-kīsikāw At one o’clock I work, I … Continue reading

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