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Category Archives: Fluency
Building relationships requires education.
When it comes to the many challenges that aboriginal peoples face here in Canada, I find I have to strike a balance between identifying those problems and trying to come up with solutions for them. Spending too much time on … Continue reading
Cree kinship terms
In the Language and Culture Links section of this blog I linked to a Cree Family Unit site that I stumbled across years ago. As you can see from the URL, it appears to have been developed in Saskatchewan as … Continue reading
Posted in Cree vocabulary, Culture, Kinship, Language learning, Plains Cree, Word lists Tagged cree kinship 2 Comments
In case you were thinking Cree was simple…
In a previous post I went wild explaining ways in which words can be constructed in Cree using various suffixes that are imbued with particular meanings. I know that in some ways, this can make Cree seem rather simplistic, albeit … Continue reading
You know a tree by its fruit…I mean, root.
There are a stunning number (for me) of responses to recent blog posts that I have not yet had time to digest and respond to so I wanted to preface this post with two things: my thanks for the comments … Continue reading
Creating a language nest
I am often seized with this desire to quit my job, and devote myself entirely to developing a language and culture program for my children and others. Language development is my most passionate hobby. What often stops me however is … Continue reading
Posted in Culture, Fluency, Language learning, Plains Cree, Urban Aboriginal 11 Comments
Getting the kids ready for bed…in Cree!
In the spirit of the last post, nêhiyawêtân!, I have been trying to be more consistent with my use of Cree at home. In order to do this, I’m focusing on certain periods of the day to really get the … Continue reading
Before I had children, the plan was that I would be a fluent speaker of Cree so that I could teach it to my children. How hard could it be? I already knew some Cree, and I’d learned to speak … Continue reading
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Language and power
I talk about language a lot, so it is not strange that on various occasions people have brought up the issue of language as power. This has happened enough times that I’ve given it a fair amount of thought, without … Continue reading