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

Photo credit: Mike Bender U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Photo credit: Mike Bender U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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

maskwa kīhtwām pē-nōkosiw
māskwa kīhtwām pē-nōkosiw
maskwa kīhtwām pē-nōkosiw
nāspic miywēyihtam

A recording of this song and 17 others (all in the n-dialect) was made by Ruby Beardy of Norway House and Victoria McLeod of Cross Lake. It was published in 2002 by Sunshine Records, and can be purchased from them directly, or through iTunes:
http://www.worldwidesunshine.com/eMerchantPro/pc/CREE-LANGUAGE-SONGS-44p230.htm

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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