National Aboriginal History Month Day Fourteen: kayâs-mîciwin

CalendarUrban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay.

Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to play along, by gathering the images suggested – but (with help from Solomon Ratt) captioning them in Cree.

For Day Fourteen, the phrase is traditional foods. 

kayâs-mîciwin / ᑲᔮᐢ ᒦᒋᐏᐣ

I can’t think of a better source for photos of traditional food than Art Napoleon. From him, I’m borrowing a series of photos that show the preparation of smoked, dried moose meat. With a healthy heaping helping of Saskatoon Pudding for dessert. Wonder if Solomon Ratt will help with the Cree words for those.

Dried meat (not necessarily moose) is pâstê-wiyâs ᐹᐢᑌ ᐃᐧᔮᐢ. 

The saskatoon berries are misâskwatômina / ᒥᓵᐢᑲᐧᑑᒥᓇ. And yes please, I’ll have miskwamî-manahikan ᒥᐢᑲᐧᒦ ᒪᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ with mine!  

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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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