Cree love poem
ᐁᐅᒄ ᐧᒫᐅᒡ ᒣᔪᐦᑖᑯᐦᒡ ᒣᓯᓇᐦᐋᐧᒣᔥᑖᔑᔮᓐ
ᐁ ᓅᑯᓯᔨᓐ ᐧᐋᐸᒥᓱᐧᐃᓂᐦᒡ᙮
ᒥᒄ ᒫᒃ ᒋᔨᐲᐦ ᔖᔥ ᐧᐄᐸᒡ ᓂᒥ ᐃᐦᑎᑯᓐ
ᐁᐅᒄ ᒫᐦᒡ ᒉ ᐃᔮᓐ "ᒋᓵᒋᐦᐄᑎᓐ"!
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A translation: A cree (cri) (from the east). There are several Montagnais Cree dialects, for this Amerindian nation. The eastern cree is the most important in number. 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 Crees have one of the most spoken Native American languages. About 1/3 live in Manitoba, another 1/3 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.