tântê kâ-ohcîwâkopanê nistam-ininiwak - Where the first people came from

Simeon Scott
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The first two people came down from the land above to the land where the Cree now live. They did not heed the warnings that only one person may look down from the spider's line and when both looked, they fell into the great eagle-nest. They were rescued by a wolverine and a bear, the latter of whom taught the pair the ways of life on this new land. Much later, the White men came.

StoryTeller Simeon Scott Community
Age/Level preschool Language Swampy Cree (n dialect)
Year Recorded 2009 Year Last Edited 2009
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cahkâpêsh kâ-natôkaminât mistamiskwa - Chahkabesh reaches for the giant beaver

Xavier Sutherland
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tântê kâ-ohci-wîhcikâtêkopanê cîpayi-sîpiy - How Ghost River got its name

John Wynne
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mâwaci-oskac ê-takoshinowâkopanê ininiwak ôta askîhk - The arrival of people here on earth at the very beginning

Simeon Scott
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cahkâpêsh kâ-isî-nakwâtât pîsimwa - How Chahkabesh snared the sun

Simeon Scott
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cahkâpêsh kâ-kî kohcipânihikot mishi-kinoshêwa - Chahkabesh is swallowed by the giant fish

Simeon Scott
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cahkâpêsh nêsta mâka maskwak - Chahkabesh and the bears

Simeon Scott
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cahkâpêsh kâ-kî-ocipitikot tipiski-pîsimwa - Chahkabesh is drawn up by the moon

Simeon Scott
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When Chahkabesh, a child orphaned by the great bears, grows up and find the tracks of his parents' killers, he ignores his sister's warnings to leave them be and instead fashions strong arrows and kills them all. He guts each bear but can't find his parents and so he returns to his home and tells his sister what happens. She admonishes him but he ignores her again. He then goes out to collect snow and she warns him not to look up at the moon or he'll be drawn up. He agrees but doesn't mean it. As he collects snow, he looks up and the moon draws him up. That is where he's been ever since.

StoryTeller Simeon Scott Community
Age/Level preschool Language
Year Recorded 2009 Year Last Edited 2009
Described by Doug Ellis
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mistâkanâsh kâ-kî-nipikopanê, êko mâka kâ-kî-wanishkâkopanê - Mistaganash who is supposed to have died and then to have risen

Simeon Scott
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mêmishôsh kâ-mitêhkêkopanê - Memishoosh the conjuror

Simeon Scott
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wîhtikôwak - The windigoes

Simeon Scott
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cahkâpêsh nêsta mâka mistâpêskwêwak - Chahkabesh and the giant women

Xavier Sutherland
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cahkâpêsh kâ-nakwâtâkopanê pîsimwa - Chahkabesh snares the sun

Xavier Sutherland
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cahkâpêsh kâ-kî-kohcipanihikot mistamêsa - Chahkabesh is swallowed by the giant fish

Xavier Sutherland
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cahkâpêsh kâ-ocipitikot pîsimwa - Chahkabesh is drawn up by the moon

Xavier Sutherland
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nîsho ililiwak ê-nakishkawâcik wâpaskwa - Two men meet a polar bear

John Wynne
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ê-pâshiwâtahk kîwêtinohk - A northern blizzard

John Wynne
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atimwak ê-kotaskâtitocik - A dog-team race

John Wynne
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ê-'nâtawimôswâniwahk kwêtipawahikani-sîpîhk - Moose-hunting on the Kwetabohigan River

Joel Linklater
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ê-âhkwatâhkwacit môs'-wayânihk - Stuck frozen in a moose-hide

Joel Linklater
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ayâkwâmsîtotaw môs! - Beware of the moose!

Joel Linklater
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ê-wanishininâniwahk nôhcimihk - Lost in the bush

Joel Linklater
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ê-kî-kîwê-miskahk kâ-kî-wanitâspan opâskisikan - Retrieval of a lost rifle

Joel Linklater
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shâwanohk ê-ishi-âpatisinâniwahk - A job outside

Silas Wesley
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Silas Wesley found the life of trapping with his father very difficult and decided to find work far from home. He worked as a tanner for six months and enjoyed that life but he disliked the heat and finally returned home to his previous work with his father.

StoryTeller Silas Wesley Community
Age/Level preschool Language
Year Recorded 2009 Year Last Edited 2009
Described by Doug Ellis
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pêyakwâ wêskac - The old days

Hannah Wynne
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Hannah Wynne recalls the old times when they lived by traveling and making camps, only eating that which they found and killed in the country. The life, she remembers, was very hard and they would sometimes go three days without food but they enjoyed it nonetheless. In comparison, it seems the new generations have it very easy, they have all they could ever want.

StoryTeller Hannah Wynne Community
Age/Level preschool Language
Year Recorded 2009 Year Last Edited 2009
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