Amazing Multi-Media teaching tool from James Bay: Path of the Elders

A new discovery to me, this morning, courtesy of Cathy Wheaton: an utterly amazing online resource for James Bay Cree (and Treaty 9 Anishinaabe) at

In addition to audio and video files of elders speaking in their own words, I was thrilled to recognize many of the names of the elders as contributors to Douglas Ellis’s text collection, to which I devoted nearly three years in preparation for University of Manitoba Press, while working for the UofM’s Linguistics Department and Cree Language Project.

I confess the flash graphics of flickering campfire, and rising smoke took a couple of minutes for my black-and-white text oriented eyes to accept, but it is exciting to see this very polished, high-quality product publicly available, to anyone with an interest in Cree language and culture.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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3 Responses to Amazing Multi-Media teaching tool from James Bay: Path of the Elders

  1. For more audio files collected or prepared by Doug Ellis, you can go to

  2. Arden Ogg says:

    Thanks for that reminder, Marie-Odile. Having spent so much time preparing the print edition, I’m trying to figure out who to contact for a more obvious cross-reference to his text collection, still available from UofM Press. Audio *with* standard orthography is a pretty powerful tool for Cree

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