Written and translated by Patricia Deiter, a member of the Peepeekisis Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. Allen J. (A.J.) Felix, Nêhiyawak Elder, Sturgeon Lake First Nation, and Elmer Ballantyne, Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree).
A reference for teaching the Plains Cree language. A Little Plains Cree Book for Children contains useful noun categories, phrases, and some basic rules for the Plains Cree language.
Following the themes of the Saskatchewan Curriculum Guide for Kindergarten to Grade 12 on Indigenous Languages, the content focuses on terms familiar to the First Nations Cree people of Saskatchewan. The enhanced e-book edition, sold separately, gives learners an opportunity to hear the text spoken by a Plains Cree Elder. This book should also be supplemented by total physical response (TPR) methods, in addition to teaching materials such as songs, games, and flash cards. Our hope is to encourage a basic understanding of the language so that learners are able to converse with Plains Cree speakers.
The best path to fluency in the Plains Cree language is immersion, but learning one word at a time is a good place to start!nēhiyawēwin awāsi-masinahikanis: A Little Plains Cree Book for Children (FNCR 2023)