Cree love poem
ᐁᐅᒄ ᐧᒫᐅᒡ ᒣᔪᐦᑖᑯᐦᒡ ᒣᓯᓇᐦᐋᐧᒣᔥᑖᔑᔮᓐ
ᐁ ᓅᑯᓯᔨᓐ ᐧᐋᐸᒥᓱᐧᐃᓂᐦᒡ᙮
ᒥᒄ ᒫᒃ ᒋᔨᐲᐦ ᔖᔥ ᐧᐄᐸᒡ ᓂᒥ ᐃᐦᑎᑯᓐ
ᐁᐅᒄ ᒫᐦᒡ ᒉ ᐃᔮᓐ "ᒋᓵᒋᐦᐄᑎᓐ"!
Eukw mwaauch meyuhtaakuhch mesinahaamweshtaashiyaan
E nuukusiyin waapamisuwinihch.
Mikw maak chiyipiih shaash wiipach nimi ihtikun
Eukw maahch che iyaan "chisaachihiitin"!
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A translation : An Eastern Cree love poem (Cri, East Cree, East Main Cree, James Bay Cree, Eeyou, Northern East Cree, Eastern James Bay Cree Northern Dialect, James Bay Cree Northern, Autonym : ᐄᔨᔫ ᐊᔨᒨᓐ, Īyiyū Ayimūn).
There are several Montagnais Cree dialects, for this Amerindian nation. This Cree poem is for all the squaws of the Cree nation. This Algonquian language is spoken by 100,000 people in Canada and the United States. It is written, as you see, in a beautiful, very particular syllabic alphabet, which it shared with Inuktitut. The Cree have one of the most widely spoken Native American languages.
Cree-Montagnais is a group of Algonquian languages in Canada (from the Rockies to the coast of Labrador). It can be separated into two groups: that of the western Cree languages (Plains Cree, Woods Cree, Moose Cree, Western Swampy Cree, Eastern Swampy Cree and Attikamek), and that of the Montagnais-Naskapi languages of northern Quebec and Labrador (Western Montagnais, Central Montagnais, Eastern Montagnais, Eastern Naskapi and Eastern Cree).
There is some degree of intelligibility between all of these dialects, and most are quite vigorous, although in some communities most of the speakers are bilingual.
The Crees have one of the most spoken Native American languages. About ⅓ live in Manitoba, another ⅓ in Saskatchewan, the rest in Alberta and Quebec. One dialect known as Attikamek, spoken along the st Maurice river in Quebec, is different enough from standard Cree to be considered by some as a separate language.
Cree writing is a system of syllabic symbols introduced by a protestant missionary in the year 1840.
Unequally distributed in the plain and in the forest, the Crees lived by hunting (bison, moose), and by the skins and wood work. In their society organized in exogamous clans, levirate should always be practiced.