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As a Cree language teachers at Moose Factory's Ministik School, Claudius Hughie is teaching his second grade class how to use the locally produced Dictionary of Moose Cree

As a Cree language teacher at Moose Factory’s Ministik School, Claudius Hughie is teaching his second grade students how to use the locally produced Dictionary of Moose Cree. A second edition of the dictionary and a grammar are presently in the works for the coming year. (Photo by Jimena Terraza)

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Waswanipi

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Only recently have I noticed how Waswanipi‘s community emblem was changed from its original design. This must have happened years ago, but somehow it managed to escape my attention. I can distinctly remember the original emblem from my youth, with its torch suspended over the water. But the torch has now been replaced by the moon, which appears to be a better fit for the common, but erroneous, translation of ‘light on the water.’ For those not familiar with the design of the original emblem, here it is on a pin.

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The above emblem evidently pointed to the meaning of the name, which must have naturally been understood by those who designed it. The name, spelled Wâswânipî with vowel-lengths marked, literally translates into ‘torch-fishing lake,’ in reference to a traditional method of luring fish with light, hence the central position of the torch in the community’s emblem. The meaning, however, has largely faded into obscurity as the practice it describes was abandoned…

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ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐤ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ

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ᒌ ᐃᐦᑖᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ ᓀᔥᑦ ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ ᑳ ᐐᒋᑣᐤ ᐁ ᐊᐱᔖᔑᔨᒡ ᐙᔅᑳᐦᐃᑲᓂᔨᐤ ᐊᓂᑌ ᒌᑳᔅᒄ᙮ ᒋᐸ ᒌ ᒥᔯᔨᐦᑕᒧᒡ, ᒥᒄ ᒫᒃ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋᐦᐃᑯᐗᒡ ᒉᒀᔨᐤ – ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒌ ᐊᔮᐌᐗᒡ ᐊᐙᔑᔕ ᐋᑕ ᓈᔥᒡ ᐁ ᒌ ᓇᑕᐌᔨᒫᑣᐤ᙮ ᐯᔭᒀᐤ, ᑳ ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐦᒉᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ, ᒌ ᐊᔨᑎᔗᐤ ᐅᑦᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᒻᐦ ᒬᐦᒡ ᓈᐯᔑᔑᐦᒡ ᒉᒌ ᐃᔑᓈᑯᓯᔨᒡᐦ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐲᐦᑖᐱᔅᑲᐙᑦ ᐊᓂᔨᐤᐦ ᐅᑦᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᒻᐦ ᐊᓂᑌ ᒋᔖᐱᔅᒋᓵᐙᓂᐦᒡ᙮ ᒦᓐ ᒫᒃ ᑳ ᐋᐸᐦᐙᑦ ᒋᔖᐱᔅᒋᓵᐙᓐᐦ ᐁ ᓇᑕᐙᐦᐋᑦ ᐊᓂᔨᐤᐦ ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐤ ᓈᐯᔑᔕ, ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐗᔭᐐ ᒀᔥᑯᐦᑎᔨᐤᐦ ᐁ ᒋᐦᒋᐸᐦᑖᔨᒡᐦ᙮

ᒌ ᑌᑆᑌᐤ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ ᐊᓂᔨᐤᐦ ᐅᓈᐯᒻᐦ ᒉ ᓅᓱᓀᐦᐙᑣᐤ᙮ ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒫᒃ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐊᑎᒥᓀᐦᐌᐗᒡ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐅᑎᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐤ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ ᒥᐦᒉᑦ ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐤᐦ ᐊᓂᑌ ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᐎᑲᒥᑯᐦᒡ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᑌᑆᑖᑦ ᒣᒀᒡ ᐁ ᒥᔮᐎᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐁ ᐃᑖᑦ,

ᓂᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐋᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ ᓀᔥᑦ ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ᙮ ᒉᔥᑕᒌᔭᐙᐤ ᒋᑲ ᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐃᑎᓈᐙᐤ!

ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐊᑎ ᓅᓱᓀᐦᐙᑣᐤ ᑳ ᒥᐦᒉᑎᑣᐤ ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐗᒡ᙮ ᐋᑕ ᒫᒃ ᑳ ᒋᔒᐸᐦᑖᑣᐤ, ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐊᑎᒥᓀᐦᐌᐗᒡ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐅᑎᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ ᒥᐦᒉᑦ ᓅᑕᔥᑯᔑᐌᓯᐤᐦ ᐊᓂᑌ ᓂᐦᑕᐎᒋᐦᒋᑲᓂᐦᒡ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᑌᑆᑖᑦ ᒣᒀᒡ ᐁ ᒥᔮᐎᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐁ ᐃᑖᑦ,

ᓂᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐋᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ, ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ, ᓀᔥᑦ ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐗᒡ᙮ ᒉᔥᑕᒌᔭᐙᐤ ᒋᑲ ᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐃᑎᓈᐙᐤ!

ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐊᑎ ᓅᓱᓀᐦᐙᑣᐤ ᑳ ᒥᐦᒉᑎᑣᐤ ᓅᑕᔥᑯᔑᐌᓯᐗᒡ᙮ ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒫᒃ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐊᑎᒥᓀᐦᐌᐗᒡ᙮ ᐁᔥᒄ ᐁ ᐱᒥᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ ᒌ ᐅᑎᐦᑌᐤ ᒥᔅᑐᔀ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᑌᑆᑖᑦ ᐁ ᐃᑖᑦ,

ᓂᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐋᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ, ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ, ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐗᒡ, ᓀᔥᑦ ᓅᑕᔥᑯᔑᐌᓯᐗᒡ᙮ ᒉᔥᑕᒌᔾ ᒋᑲ ᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐃᑎᓐ!

ᐋᑕ ᒫᒃ ᑏᐌᐦᒡ ᑳ ᒋᐦᒋᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᒥᔅᑐᔅ, ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐊᑎᒥᓀᐦᐌᐤ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐅᑎᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ ᑰᐦᑰᔕ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᑌᑆᑖᑦ ᐁ ᐃᑖᑦ,

ᓂᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐋᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ, ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ, ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐗᒡ, ᓅᑕᔥᑯᔑᐌᓯᐗᒡ, ᓀᔥᑦ ᒥᔅᑐᔅ᙮ ᒉᔥᑕᒌᔾ ᒋᑲ ᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐃᑎᓐ!

ᐋᑕ ᒫᒃ ᑳ ᒋᔒᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᑰᐦᑰᔥ, ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒌ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐊᑎᒥᓀᐦᐌᐤ᙮ ᐁᔥᒄ ᐁ ᐱᒥᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ ᒌ ᐅᑎᐦᑌᐤ ᒪᐦᒉᔑᐤᐦ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᑌᑆᑖᑦ ᐁ ᐃᑖᑦ,

ᓂᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐋᐗᒡ ᒋᔐᐃᔥᑴᔥ, ᒋᔐᐃᔨᓂᐤ, ᐸᐗᐦᐃᒉᓯᐗᒡ, ᓅᑕᔥᑯᔑᐌᓯᐗᒡ, ᒥᔅᑐᔅ, ᓀᔥᑦ ᑰᐦᑰᔥ᙮ ᒉᔥᑕᒌᔾ ᒋᑲ ᒌ ᓇᑲᒋᐸᐦᐃᑎᓐ!

ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᒋᐦᒋᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᒪᐦᒉᔑᐤ᙮ ᒋᔅᒉᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯᐤ ᒫᒃ ᐁ ᒋᔒᐸᐦᑖᑦ ᒪᐦᒉᔑᐤ᙮ ᒉᒃ ᒫᒃ ᒌ ᐅᑎᐦᑌᐤ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᒪᐦᒉᔑᐤ ᐊᓂᔨᐤᐦ ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐤ ᓈᐯᔑᔕ᙮ ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐊᑎ ᒧᐙᑦ᙮

ᐁᒄ ᑳ ᐃᑗᑦ ᐊᓂᐦᐁ ᐋᔭᐦᑯᓈᐤ ᓈᐯᔑᔥ, ᐌᓵ! ᐋᐱᐦᑕᐎᑳᑦ ᓂᑦᐃᔅᑯᒥᑲᐎᓐ! ᐁᒄ ᒦᓐ ᑳ ᐃᑗᑦ, ᐌᓵ! ᐋᐱᐦᑕᐎᔭᐤ ᓂᑦᐃᔅᑯᒥᑲᐎᓐ! ᐁᒄ ᐐᐸᒡ ᒦᓐ ᑳ ᐃᑗᑦ, ᐁᒄ ᐌᓵ! ᐊᓂᑕᐦ ᓂᑾᔮᐦᒡ ᓂᑦᐃᔅᑯᒥᑲᐎᓐ! ᒉᒃ ᒫᒃ ᒌ ᐃᑗᐤ, ᐁᒄ ᒫᒃ ᐁ ᒋᑕᒧᑲᐎᔮᓐ!

ᓇᒪᐐᔾ ᒫᒃ ᒦᓐ ᐐᔅᑳᑦ ᐅᐦᒋ ᐯᐦᑖᑯᓯᐤ᙮