New Pocket Phrasebook for Oji-Cree, just in time for Christmas

'Pocket Oji-Cree' is a book to help anyone learn his traditional language, but he especially hopes it will encourage youth, said broadcaster and translator Jerry Sawanas. (Amy Hadley )

‘Pocket Oji-Cree’ is a book to help anyone learn his traditional language, but he especially hopes it will encourage youth, said broadcaster and translator Jerry Sawanas. (Amy Hadley )

Congratulations to Pat Ningewance Nadeau for launching the fourth (fourth!) pocket phrasebook in her series from Mazinaate Press, and congratulations to Jerry Sawanas of Sandy Lake, Ontario for his role in bringing the concept to Oji-Cree. Listening to Jerry in the CBC interview is just magic. To paraphrase: it is through knowing the language that one comes to know the creator’s gifts.

The Swampy Cree edition by Ken Paupanekis is still available from McNally Robinson or from Mazinaate Books (Email: books@patningewance.ca).

I can’t wait to see the Plains Cree edition that is currently in the works, perhaps for release in 2016.

http://www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=2680634106

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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2 Responses to New Pocket Phrasebook for Oji-Cree, just in time for Christmas

  1. Christian says:

    Where can I get a copy?

    • Arden Ogg says:

      Hi Christian – I will pass on your email address to the publisher – Mazinaate Books – and let them get in touch with you.
      When I’ve got more details, I’ll post them here too.

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