Bloomfield: Plains Cree Texts Online


Photo credit: Neal McLeod

Thanks to David MacKinnon for sharing this link to a complete online scanned edition of Leonard Bloomfield’s Classic Plains Cree Texts.

Bloomfield’s Plains Cree Texts: was originally published in 1934 as Volume XVI of the American Ethnological Society series, in New York by G.E. Stechert and Co.

It was scanned as part of the Rosetta Project (,”a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible digital library of human languages.”

Find the volume at:


SRO readers will find some minor differences between Bloomfield’s writing and current SRO, but they are very consistent. This means that readers of SRO should have little difficulty reading the Bloomfield texts in Cree, if they make the following substitutions:

  • Bloomfield’s ä appears in SRO as ê or ē. (All other vowels correspond directly)
  • Bloomfield’s ts appears in SRO as c. (The character /c/ was chosen for SRO so that this sound would have a single symbol in SRO. In fact, this character can be pronounced like /ts/ at the end of English “hats” or like /ch/ English “hatch” – depending on the community – with no change of meaning.)

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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