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Alone – Season 11 on History Channel – June 13th, 2024

Over the years, I have heard of this show and how great it is. I have been meaning to check it out but I never took the time. I am seeing ads for Alone and there has been much hype for a Cree woman that will be one of the contestants. Her name is Michela Carrier, The Cree Trapper – owanihikēw (which actually translates to “trapper,” but because it’s written in Cree, it’s all good).

https://www.facebook.com/share/GcASHETrRzGuyyDJ/ 

I am hoping to catch this show when it premiers, but even highlights will be good after it premiers. I am not sure I will be re-subscribing  to Amazon Prime, where I would then have to subscribe to StackTV just to watch the show. Since I watch mainly news and sports shows, I probably would not watch anything else besides the occasional Law & Order shows.

I am interested because of The Cree Trapper, the other characters seem interesting too. Good Luck Tuck, The Bushcraft Baller and The Big Land Trapper, all are interesting, but The Cree Trapper is what caught my eye during the ads.

By the way, check out History Channel’s YouTube Channel, they have all kinds of awesome videos: UFOS, dogfights and even time travel.

https://www.youtube.com/@HISTORY/videos

Treaty 6 Cows and Plows – April 5, 2024

The Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB), has had a “a formal offer of settlement from Canada and is now working on a final settlement agreement with Canada.” The update was posted by Chief Tammy Cook-Searson on her Facebook page on April 5, 2024. You can see the update by following the link.

This is an exciting time for many band members. They are many who are thankful for the news and are grateful that the announcement has finally arrived. It has been anticipated for years.

The post by Tammy has been shared, 230 times as of this writing. On some of the shared posts by members, there are questions on how the funds will be distributed and how the Settlement Planning Committee (SPC), will include all members of the band, including the minors. Below is a table of dates, locations and times:

Some people are concerned about the time and location of the meetings because there are members who will be working during the meetings. There members that live out of the province of Saskatchewan, and want to know how they can get the information that will be presented during the meetings. These are concerns that will have to be dealt with at some point.

I will be following the posts from LLRIB C & C closely, as they are the people that are the most up to date on the matter. I usually receive the updated info within the hour of the Facebook posts on my email. At which point I update the LLRIB.COM website. I am informed no more, and no less than everybody else.

LLRIB.COM: Update on LLRIB Treaty 6 Agricultural Benefits Claim (Cows and Plows) – April 5, 2024

larongeNow – https://larongenow.com/2024/04/05/llrib-receives-offer-of-settlement-for-cows-and-plows-claim/

Numbered Treaties Map (banner) – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Numbered-Treaties-Map.svg

Cow and Plow images from – https://pixabay.com/  (Stunning royalty-free images & royalty-free stock) 

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Excerpt: How to say it in Cree, A Book of Common Everyday Phrases, by Solomon Ratt

I was asked to read a page off of a Cree book by Solomon Ratt. The Cree 10 class from my school, Sally Ross School, asked me because I speak the Woodland (TH) dialect, and more importantly, I have an awesome Woodland Cree accent.

(Page 5)

II. POLITE CONVERSATION

A. tānisi? Hi! How are you?

B. namōtha nānitaw, kītha māka? Fine, and you?

A. piyakwan, tāpwī mitho-kīsikāw. The same, it is really a nice day.

B. īhī, awīnā awa kā-wīcīwat? Yes, who is this that you are with?

A. iyaw, nitōtīm awa. Oops, this is my friend.

B. (to C) tānisi, Hi!
tānisi ī-isithihkāsoyin? How are you called? (What is your name?)

C. Charlie nitisithihkāson.  Charlie is my name.

B. tānitī ohci kītha? Where are you from?

C. mōsosākahikanisīsihk nitohcān. I am from Hall Lake

B. wahwā, tāpwī wahthaw Wow, that’s far.

kikiskīthimāw cī Heebul. Do you know Abel

ikotī ohci? from there?

C. namwāc. No.

B. kiyām. That’s okay.

nitōtīm ana iyako. He is my friend.

A. ikosi, ī-wī-mīcisoyahk ōma. There, we are going to eat.

sāsay cī kītha kikī-mīcison? Have you eaten yet?

B. namīskwa. Not yet.

A. āstam māka, wīcīwinān. Come then, come with us.


The dialogue I was asked to read, was from a book I was familiar with: How to Say it in Cree, by Solomon Ratt. The book has been in the LLRIB CRU catalogue for ages and has been around since 1990. I tried using my natural voice, but as many of you know, reading Cree and speaking Cree are not always the same.

If you want to order a copy of the book, you can follow the link and take a look at the many Cree resources available from LLRIB CRU:

Click to access CRU_Catalogue_Jul_2022_forWeb.pdf

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UFOs – machi-pimithākana

UFOs have been a much talked about subject by many people on the rez. I have heard and been fascinated by many stories of sightings and possible close encounters. It was always fascinated me to hear and feel the emotion of the story teller.

AI Generated UFOs on my photograph.

Besides the stories of a previous post (https://firstnationstories.com/?p=2779), I have some tales from older people that had interesting experiences.

I remember one, where an older woman told me she was outside her house, she lived out in the middle of nowhere. She was ending the day with her chores when she saw a UFO hovering over some trees nearby her house. She had a gun with her and carefully took aim at the object, however, she may have been frozen in fear, as she could not pull the trigger. She told me that it may have been the beings in the UFO that stopped her from pulling the trigger.

Another one, was when a woman came to visit my mother at our rez house. She sat down with my mother at the table and preceded to tell that she just heard that somebody saw a UFO, this was all said in Cree. What struck me the most by her tale, was when she exclaimed, that if anybody ever shoots one down, that will be the end of the earth. Presumably because they would destroy us all. At least, that was what my imagination pictured for me.

I did have the one incident that I mentioned in the previous blog, but I always wonder if I am seeing one when I see a strange fast moving object. I have seen many lights that may been suspect but I always rationalize and decide that it is a plane or a man-made satellite.

These days, you have to be wary of drones, which have become more advanced lately. I am sure there are many people who love to fool the general public, and being hornswoggled would be embarrassing. So unless you have solid evidence, it may be wise to be quiet about it until you are certain of what you saw.

Previous post – NŌHKOM WĀPAHTAM MACHI-PIMITHĀKAN – MY GRANDMOTHER SAW A UFO

UFO and Other Paranormal Information – https://www.nsa.gov/Helpful-Links/NSA-FOIA/Frequently-Requested-Information/UFO-and-Other-Paranormal-Information/

National Archives News – UFOs and UAPs – https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/ufos

UFO Video by Olena from Pixabay

UFOs Video by Eros Silva from Pixabay

Drone Image by Thomas Ehrhardt from Pixabay

UFO Image by CoolCatGameStudio from Pixabay

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Sasquatch visits a teepee

About three weeks ago, I saw a Christmas card being shown on Solomon Ratt’s Facebook page. I decided to do a little animation of it along with audio. I showed it to him for approval and he suggested a couple of changes and then I uploaded to my First Nation Stories Facebook page. Just recently, I decided to post it on my YouTube channel:

I received a Christmas card from him about a week ago. I was very honoured to be mentioned and referred to by such a legend in the Cree resource industry. I hope I can accomplish half of what he has. I am actually having trouble getting used to my job as a Cree teacher, but I am hopeful for the new year.

I told Solomon that I would try another animation with another Bigfoot image he drew, but it has been very difficult to complete.

I am just going to give it a rest, and get back to it when my motivation comes back. Right now I will be concentrating on my newly published book.

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I am working on some short videos for promotional purposes. I need the videos to stand out; however, I am going to have to get a bit more experience on publishing the videos in different platforms.

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First Publication for First Nation Stories

After all these years, I am finally published. Check out the embed post from Facebook:

I am very happy and elated to get published. For awhile, I thought my website would be the only place I could get my stories to see the light of day. I built my website on May of 2009, all for the sake of getting my stories out to the world. This is a new venture for me, my stories and my website.

About a year ago, I introduced myself to Jason EagleSpeaker through LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/eaglespeaker/). I was so glad that he responded to my email. After a few back and forth emails, we were able to work something out. I was still not sure if it was going to happen, but I was hopeful and at least I had taken some steps.

I am more motivated now to write more stories. I hope this is the beginning of a long relationship with publishing my written works.

*Available in softcover and eBook
Amazon USA
Amazon Canada
Get it Publisher Direct at
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1 – BUY a softcover copy
2 – LEAVE a quick review, on Amazon
3 – TELL your cuzzzins, your friends, your peoples

 

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Treaty 6 Cows and Plows Update from LLRIB – Dec 18, 2023

Today, the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, received an update from Chief Tammy Cook-Searson, regarding the Agricultural Benefits Claim.

Re: Update on LLRIB Treaty 6 Agricultural Benefits (Cows and Plows} Claim – DEC 18, 2023 – https://llrib.com/re-update-on-llrib-treaty-6-agricultural-benefits-cows-and-plows-claim-dec-18-2023/ 

Otherwise known as, cows and plows, many people have been anticipating an update. Many of us hoped for a payout before Christmas of this year (2023), however, it looks like there may not be an offer until at least spring of 2024.


Amazon CanadaAmazon USA

In my previous post about the cows and plows, there were many updates with links about Treaty 7 and 8, going some processes and payouts. I really hope it’s not too far off for Treaty 6 because it has very difficult, financially, for many of us in the north.

 

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My Online Cree Sources – Social Media and Websites 2023

There have been new online sources since last year. It is a great time for speakers and learners of our beautiful language. There is hope for the future, as there are many learner pages and channels developed by dedicated people that would love to learn the language. Please look at the list below and feel free to share on social media. Several broken links have been removed, all the links below are tested and work just fine.

New Facebook pages I discovered and joined:

Learn Cree Online – https://www.facebook.com/groups/learncreeonline

Proud to be Cree – https://www.facebook.com/proudtobecree
This page is requesting an admin, hopefully they can get one.

Repeat After Me Cree Learning – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100036659486472

Land-Based Education K – 12 Plains & Woodland Cree Tanya McCallum (Not necessarily a Cree language page, but it is a Land Based page that might be of interest) – https://www.facebook.com/LandbasedEd

Facebook pages I follow:

#CreeSimonSays – https://www.facebook.com/groups/380099328844547/

Nêhiyawêwin (Cree) Word/Phrase of the Day – https://www.facebook.com/groups/18414147673/

Cree Language Resources ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ – https://www.facebook.com/groups/104500159643897/

Cree Language Videos – https://www.facebook.com/groups/100216916980387/

YouTube Channels of Interest:

Fluent Cree Speakers playlist by Cathy Wheaton Bird – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy9wA8yPYuRwGQEoTokWMtnzr9cS6ZbnC

#CreeSimonSays – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClrHhQZjSL8tDe29lOT7zQA

Cathy Wheaton Bird #creebycathy – https://www.youtube.com/user/chimiskwew

Cree Literacy Network –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-nM3vziXSX8RIjnn9D48PQ

Cree Phrases – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCINEc-0LPsQ5Me2dR-LiW6w

BentArrowYEG –
https://www.youtube.com/user/BentArrowEdmonton/videos

Pow wow Times –
https://www.youtube.com/c/PowwowTimes/search?query=cree

BearPaw Media and Education – https://www.youtube.com/c/BearPawLegal

Aaron Fay – https://www.youtube.com/c/AaronFay

HPSD Indigenous Education – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Srx8T33haoSatKO-nxvcg/videos

want2speakcree – https://www.youtube.com/@want2speakcree

Amiskwaciy History Series – https://www.youtube.com/@AmiskwaciyHistorySeries

Websites I have used:

Cree Literacy Network – https://creeliteracy.org/

This website has many great posts regarding our beautiful language, and it offers text, audio, video and downloadable content such as Cree calendars. It is awesome, be sure to check it out.

Learn Cree – http://learncree.ca/

This website is a duplicate of the former Gift of Language and Culture website.

itwêwina – A dictionary that understands what you’re looking for. – http://sapir.artsrn.ualberta.ca/itwewina/eng/crk/

This site has many variations of Cree words in the linguistics column after a search. I still use it extensively. It is very easy for me to convert the SRO they use, to the SRO for Woodland Cree.

Online Cree Dictionary – http://www.creedictionary.com/

I have not used this website extensively as of late, however, it was the first online dictionary I ever used and I figure I should keep it on my list for this year.

Welcome to the Plains Cree Dictionary! – https://dictionary.plainscree.atlas-ling.ca/#/help

I only used this page a few times since I found it, search results are complete with syllabics and whether the terms are animate or inanimate verbs or nouns.

The following websites do not translate or interpret Cree words in any way; however, they can convert SRO to syllabics.

Syllabics.net Welcome –
https://syllabics.net/

Cree SRO ⇔ syllabics converter –
https://syllabics.app/

U of R – Cree: Language of the Plains / nēhiyawēwin: paskwāwi-pīkiskwēwin
https://ourspace.uregina.ca/handle/10294/8401

This Collection has PDFs and audio files that you may download to your computer for personal use.

The websites below are from a Google search, maybe you will find them useful in your quest to learn our beautiful language.

Solomon Ratt Query – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=solomon+ratt

“52 Weeks Of Cree Language Lessons….Absolutely Free,” – https://repeataftermecree.com/funnel/repeat-after-me/op3-page-640f7e4489b60/

Brought to you by Powwow Times. I have not joined the program, but I am sure it will be of interest to many learners or speakers that need a refresher.

Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Cree Words – http://www.native-languages.org/cree_words.htm

Cree language – nīhithawīwin

 

Google Search Impact: 5.5K clicks in 28 days – NOV 15, 2023

This website, has reached an important milestone, 5500 clicks in four weeks. I realize it is not a large number compared to many other websites, but it is not a mainstream site and is supported organically by followers on the Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/firstnationstories) .

I am so proud of the growth and hope it continues to grow over many more years. I have given this website, so much of my time and I am grateful that is it has come this far. I have been very happy to share my stories with you and to give a platform for three local artists to show what they can do.

The website domain and hosting is pretty much paying for itself right now. Before this year, I had to use a GoFundMe page for support because I was having trouble keeping up with the payments. I have since closed the GoFundMe. Thank you all for your support.

Just Another Pretendian? – Buffy Sainte-Marie

Is she just another Pretendian? I was not going to take part in the Buffy controversy. I did not even think much of her music, but I loved her presence, her charisma and representation of Indigenous people. When I heard she was a Cree, I was very proud, because I am Cree.

I remember seeing her on Sesame Street and I was very happy to see a fellow Indian on such a pedestal. One of us was making it. She was shy, but dynamic at the same time.

It was a time when I would see all the white folks with their nice houses and nice cars and wondered why we were not living that way. Why were our houses so shabby and our cars old and breaking down. Why was it like that for us. Why was there so much alcohol ravaging our little Indian communities. I was happy to see an Indian, doing so well, It gave me hope. While I knew it is a place I would never see, I could see many talented Indians making it in this world.

Buffy gave many of us hope. “Us” meaning Indians. Why did it take so long for her doubters to find out the truth? It should have been nipped in the bud long ago. She is 82 years old. 82. The naysayers took this long to out her? I had hoped she would put the haters in their place, but she did not. How about a DNA test? That should put some minds at ease, right?

The situation still needs time to fester in our minds. However, I could not let my mind fester any longer. She has a chance, right now, to settle the score, as it were. I hope she makes amends in some way, a confession or proof of her real identity, would be great.

Am I affected that much? Probably not, but after the Joseph Boyden fiasco, I am, again, very disappointed. Boyden was even a showcased “Indigenous” author in one of my university classes. I wonder what the prof thinks about him now. The prof is not a friend, so I cannot ask him.

I am disappointed, but many people are very offended. She has her supporters, of course, who say she provided much awareness to Indigenous people’s problems and troubles. That is true, but she did it through a lie, a lifelong lie.

CBC – The emotional fallout of Buffy Sainte-Marie revelations (featuring great author, Drew Hayden Taylor) – https://www.cbc.ca/radio/frontburner/the-emotional-fallout-of-buffy-sainte-marie-revelations-1.7013244






The best song of Buffy that I ever heard her sing

Even Elvis sang one of the songs she wrote

Image by jools_sh from Pixabay

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