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

In closing, please support my new book:

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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.

*Available in softcover and eBook Amazon USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CQGM8V3B Amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0CQGM8V3B Get it Publisher Direct at http://www.eaglespeaker.com WANNA HELP CHARLIE’S BOOK SUCCEED ??? 1 – BUY a softcover copy 2 – LEAVE a quick review, on Amazon 3 – TELL your cuzzzins, your friends, your peoples #SupportIndigenousAuthors #FirstNationStoriesAnthology

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
WANNA HELP CHARLIE’S BOOK SUCCEED ???
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

 

Thunderbird saves the Prairie People

In the heart of the Saskatchewan prairies, where the wind whispered through the tall grass and the vast sky stretched endlessly, the Plains Cree people faced a time of despair. Their once-thriving lands were now threatened by settlers who sought to claim the territory as their own, displacing the indigenous people who had lived harmoniously with the land for generations.

The settlers, driven by greed and a relentless hunger for expansion, encroached upon the Cree territory, bringing with them a wave of violence and destruction. Families were torn apart, and the once-peaceful prairies were stained with the blood of innocent women and children. The Cree elders, desperate for a solution, turned to the ancient legends of their people for guidance.

Deep in the heart of the prairies, hidden among the sacred hills, the elders gathered in a solemn ceremony. They lit a sacred fire and sang ancient songs, calling upon the spirits of their ancestors for strength and guidance. As the night fell and the stars painted the sky, the elders raised their hands to the heavens and summoned the great Thunderbird.

Legend spoke of the Thunderbird, a majestic and powerful creature that soared through the skies, its wings carrying the storms and thunder. The elders believed that the Thunderbird held the key to restoring balance and justice to their lands. With unwavering faith, they chanted the sacred words passed down through generations.

In the midst of their prayers, a mighty wind began to howl, and the air crackled with electricity. The Thunderbird, with wings that spanned the horizon, descended from the heavens. Its feathers shimmered like lightning, and its eyes glowed with ancient wisdom. The Thunderbird spoke in a voice that echoed like distant thunder, promising to aid the Cree in their time of need.

United with the Thunderbird, the Cree people prepared for battle. The great bird soared across the prairies, unleashing storms that scattered the settlers and disrupted their plans. The Thunderbird’s wings shielded the Cree warriors as they fought to protect their families and reclaim their ancestral lands.

As the battle raged on, the settlers faced the unyielding forces of nature, and the Thunderbird’s power became a symbol of hope for the Plains Cree. The settlers, overwhelmed by the strength of the Thunderbird and the determination of the Cree warriors, eventually retreated.

With the threat repelled, the Thunderbird ascended back into the skies, leaving the prairies in peace. The Cree people, though scarred by the conflict, found solace in the victory that the Thunderbird had brought them. The sacred bond between the Plains Cree and their ancestral spirits had proven unbreakable, and the land that had once been stained with sorrow now stood as a testament to the resilience of a people united in their quest for justice and freedom.

Story generated by OpenAI ChatGPT using prompts.

Images generated by Nightcafe using prompts.