Category Archives: Solomon Ratt

Cree Vocabulary for Kids: Louis Says on APTN

With Louis Says now in its third season, it’s exciting to discover that all eight Season One episodes of can be viewed online thanks to APTN at http://aptn.ca/louissays/. At eleven minutes apiece, you can even binge-watch the whole set in less … Continue reading

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Video Lesson – Animacy and Transitive Verbs

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National Aboriginal Languages Day 2015: ahkami-nêhiyawêtân

Today in celebrating National Aboriginal Languages Day – I’m also thinking of Freda Ahenakew who made the Cree language her life’s work. The fourth anniversary of Freda’s passing is April 8th. In honour of Freda, and in honour of the day, Solomon Ratt … Continue reading

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tāpitaw ta-kī-kakwē-miyo-kwayaskohtēyan / Walk in Balance and Beauty

Gorgeous collaboration of photo and audio from Solomon Ratt, translation into Cree by Arok Wolvengrey, and expert vocabulary provided by Jean Okimāsis.

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Dog Biscuits – Y-dialect – With Audio

Thanks to Solomon Ratt for preparing this y-dialect (Plains Cree) version – in print and audio – of this original Residential School story, written in his own th-dialect (Woodlands Cree) and translated into English. Click the audio link to listen … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Moose: A new (old) story from Solomon Ratt

This story is taken from “A Woods Cree Grammar and Workbook” by Solomon Ratt, and published here with his permission. (Thanks, Solomon!) I love this story because it has elements of “urban myth” — in a Cree sort of way. … Continue reading

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I’m not an Indian: Another story from Solomon Ratt

This reminiscence — more bitter than sweet — is reprinted with Solomon’s permission from Arok Wolvengrey’s 2007 wawiyatâcimowinisa / Funny Little Stories Narrated by Cree-speaking students, instructors and Elders. The book, which contains about a dozen first-hand stories in Cree, can be purchased from … Continue reading

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