Category Archives: Poetry

Sunset Haiku by Solomon Ratt

Fresh from Solomon Ratt, capturing the beauty of a blood-red Saskatchewan sunset in Haiku form. I bet you can’t even explain “Haiku” in Cree in less than 17 syllables! ê-pahkisimok, mihkwânaskwâw, miywâsin; kisâstaw mihko… The sun is setting, The sky is … Continue reading

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In Honour of the TRC Report: ahkamêyimok!

With thanks to Solomon Ratt – and his ability to thrive against all odds – for helping express these thoughts in Cree: kimâmiyonêyimitinân mîna kimawimôstamâtinân kahkiyaw iyiniwak ohpimê wîkiwâhk ohci kâ-kî-nitawi-kiskinwahamâkosicik; ka-miyo-tôtâkosiyêk mîna ka-sôhkisiyêk. mistahi pê-âyiman kâ-mâmawi-kitimahikawêyêk mâka mîna kisôhkisinâwâw kiyâpic âtiht … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt, 2013: “On the Threshold of a Dream” – Y-dialect – With audio

Click the player to listen and read along with Solomon. Click the link at the bottom of the page to download the sound file. Please email me at creeliteracy<at>gmail.com if you’d like a higher resolution copy of this image for … Continue reading

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Solomon Ratt: There is Harmony Again – With Audio

Click to listen and read along. Scroll to the bottom of this page to download the audio. This piece is written (and read) in y-dialect. Click here to download audio recording.

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tapahtêyimiso: Be Humble

tapahtêyimiso cikêmâ askîhk ê-ohcîyan;  kistêyihtâkosi cikêmâ acâhkosihk ê-ohciyan. ᑕᐸᐦᑌᔨᒥᓱ  ᒋᑮᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ ᑭᐢᑌᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯ  ᒋᑫᒫ  ᐊᒑᐦᑯᓯᕽ  ᐁ ᐅᐦᒌᔭᐣ᙮  Be humble for you are made of earth; be noble for you are made of stars. (Unattributed quote translated by … Continue reading

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