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Level

Community

Language

Teaching

Theme

Topic

Storyteller


About this catalogue
Here you can listen to and download stories and other audio material (mp3) in East Cree. You can also select them and download them to put on a CD to share with your class. We ask that you do not transcribe, translate or reproduce these stories without prior permission from the Cree School Board.

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The roles and responsibilities of men and women

Charlotte talks about the role and responsibility of a woman when her husband is away hunting. She talks about the chores a woman has around the camp. Therefore when the man is away he is able to hunt very well.

Age 8+
Code

EcWe-004-013

File Size

1.50 mb

Duration

8 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Collected By

Unknown

Sound Editor

Margaret Cox

Described By

Margaret Cox

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Wemindji

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History

Themes

Memoirs, Teachings

Topics

Family, Tradition, Animals, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Predictions

Dividing food among people

This a collection of stories about the past, concerning the food and traditions. A father and son relationship with nature, family values. Song about the children. Animals.

Age 10+
Code

EcWe-006-016

File Size

2.84 mb

Duration

16.35 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Sound Editor

Hank House

Described By

Hank House

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good

Communities

Wemindji

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Spirituality, History, Geography

Themes

Legends, Memoirs, Song, Teachings

Topics

Boy, Girl, Tradition, Animals, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Transportation, Family

Cree lifestyle before Contact

George talks about lifestyle of Cree people before contact. Such as clothing, tools, hunting techniques, medicines and beliefs.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-201-018

File Size

34.12 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2006

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

History

Themes

Memoirs, Teachings

Topics

Past, Animals, Plants, Food, Clothing, Medicines, Monsters, Supernatural, Transportation, Tradition

Hardship in the Past

George tells a story of his life in the past. His family experienced hunger. They had cached food for the winter but crows and foxes ate everything from the cache. His family camped with people from Whapmagoostui at Apishikimiish (Lac Bienville). As they move further east towards Mistisiipii (George River), they meet up with Montagnais people from Waashaau (Sept Isles?). The Montagnais family was starving. George mentioned that it was hard to communicate with them. George helped the Montagnais by giving them some fish to use as bait for their fish hooks.

Age 12+
Code

EcCh-201-055

File Size

21.89 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2007

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History, Geography

Themes

Memoirs

Topics

Tradition, Food, Clothing, Past, Seasons, Man, Summer, Woman, Spring, Starvation, Transportation, Fall, Inter-racial, Winter, Family, Boy, Animals, Girl, Places, Artifacts

Kuikuhaachaau and Chiihchiikwaayush

This is one story of Kuikuhaachaau. Wolves reach Kuikuhaachaau. The leader of the wolves is named Chiihchiikwaayush. They begin living together. Kuikuhaachaau seems to be very pitiful compared to the wolves. The wolves seem to use shaman power in their hunt but Kuikuhaachaau is very unsuccessful. The wolves give him some of their power but Kuikuhaachaau uses it indiscriminantly. Another time when Kuikuhaachaau collects rock tripe, an arrow passes by him. The other person tries to help using special power but Kuikuhaachaau fails to follow the orders and the help fails. Then, Kuikuhaachaau reaches the man Kaa Umaanikinishiu. Kuikaahaachaau asks him for his caribou corral. Kaa Umaanikinishiu instructs Kuikuhaachaau how to use it but he fails to follow the instructions and isn`t able to kill any caribou.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-201-054

File Size

17.54 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2007

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies

Themes

Legends

Topics

Seasons, Winter, Animals, Places, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Starvation, Supernatural, Transportation, Family, Tradition, Past

Life in the past

George tells a story of another winter where they were inland. As they moved inland, they met a Whapmagoostui man coming from the other direction. The man was already very thin from starvation. They lived together at Apishikimiish (Lac Bienville). At that camp, there were over 100 people. They didn`t have much success finding caribou. As George`s family moves away, they kill some caribou.

Age 12+
Code

EcCh-201-056

File Size

7.41 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2007

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

History

Themes

Memoirs

Topics

Places, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Starvation, Transportation, Family, Tradition, Seasons, Fall, Winter, Animals

Lifestyle in the past

Josie Sam Sr. interviews both George Head and Samson Neacappo about the life in the past. The elders George and Samson mention how they lived, how they set up camps, traveling up the rivers and carrying loads on their backs. They also mention that they were the first ones to take supplies to the trading post at Kaanaayaapiskaau. They mention how smoked fish were made and how long it took to travel to Kaanaayaapiskaau.

Age 8+
Code

EcCh-201-057

File Size

7.87 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2007

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History

Themes

Memoirs, Interview

Topics

Tradition, Past, Seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Animals, Places, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Transportation

Mwaakuiwaayaash

The boy Mwaakuiwaayaash reaches puberty and lives in seclusion. As he stays at his little camp, he hears a voice calling him at the break of dawn. He runs after the voice and sees a caribou. The caribou runs to another camp and Mwaakuiwaayaash sees a young woman and begins living with her. His father-in-law is actually a caribou. Mwaakuiwaayaash helps his in-laws fight their enemies, the wolves.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-201-049

File Size

16.18 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2007

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies

Themes

Legends

Topics

Woman, Predictions, Supernatural, Transportation, Family, Boy, Tradition, Seasons, Animals, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Man

When the eeyou made predictions about the white man

Long ago, they predicted the white man will arrive. A man and his wife made the first contact with white men and how they traded their clothing with them. That was when the fur trade began.

Age 8+
Code

EcWe-038-007

File Size

1.06 mb

Duration

6.11 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Sound Editor

Margaret Cox

Described By

Margaret Cox

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Wemindji

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Spirituality, Social studies, History

Themes

Legends

Topics

Predictions, Inter-racial, Clothing, Man, Woman

The Old Man Who Ate Nothing But Worms

John Blackned tells us a story about a man who ate nothing but worms. He was looking for worms to eat, he didn`t want to eat food. He still killed animals for this family to eat.

[Note: Interview by Dick Preston, Translated by Anderson Jolly, and English removed]

Age 12+
Code

EcWk-705-036

File Size

1.20 mb

Duration

12.38 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2008

Collected By

Dick Preston / Anderson Jolly

Sound Editor

Susan Preston / Erica Stephen

Described By

Erica Stephen

Dialect

Southern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Waskaganish

Languages

Southern Dialect

Teachings

History

Themes

Legends

Topics

Man, Family, Boy, Girl, Tradition, Past, Animals, Food, Clothing

Chihchip

The legend of Chihchip. He acquires two wives as he heads to the main camp. At the camp, there`s a dance. He uses food to clothe himself. During the dance, the people tear the food off him. During the night, his wives are taken. He kills the men who took his wives. That morning, Chihchip was gone paddling. When he returned, people tell him his friends had been killed. He pretends to kill himself. He then reveals that he was the one that killed the men. The people try to get back at him.

Age 8+
Code

EcCh-205-006

File Size

10.03 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2006

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, Citizenship

Themes

Legends

Topics

Man, Woman, Transportation, Family, Tradition, Celebrations, Past, Seasons, Animals, Artifacts, Food, Clothing

Going to Fort Chimo

Josie Sam Sr interviews Johnny about the journey his family made to Fort Chimo and living around Labrador. He mentions the prices of furs they traded there.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-205-005

File Size

4.49 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2006

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

History

Themes

Memoirs, Interview

Topics

Tradition, Past, Seasons, Animals, Places, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Man, Transportation, Family

Story of Fall

Part 1- In the Fall people went out in the James Bay by boat to hunt for seal.

Part 2 - Maria talks about the process of cleaning the sealskin, what they used it for, how they cleaned the skin. They made things like boots that were waterproof and mittens.

Part 3- Maria talks about the string made out of sealskin and used to tie dogs and sleds together, also made a whip out of sealskin to make dogs run faster.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-033-005

File Size

2.80 mb

Duration

16 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Collected By

Unknown

Sound Editor

Marie-Odile Junker

Described By

Marie-Odile Junker

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Very good

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Art and Music, Social studies, History

Themes

Memoirs, Teachings

Topics

Winter, Animals, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Transportation, Family, Tradition, Fall

Story of Winter

Maria talks about when they first had ski doos and the people believed ski doos made work and travel easier. However not many people had ski doos, only those who worked. The main use of ski doos was to get fire wood and it was far away where they got their firewood. When their children were away at school, the women went to visit them and bring them warm clothing.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-033-006

File Size

1.09 mb

Duration

6 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Collected By

Unknown

Sound Editor

Marie-Odile Junker

Described By

Marie-Odile Junker

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Very good

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History

Themes

Memoirs, Teachings

Topics

Family, Woman, Transportation, Boy, Girl, Tradition, Past, Winter, Clothing, Man

When a girl first had her menstruation

Part 1 - Maria talks about when a girl`s first menstruation begins and how she was cared for.

Part 2 - Maria talks about how a girl was isolated from others when several families lived together.

Part 3 - Maria talks about when she had her menstruation while her and her family were in the bush at that time.

Part 4 - Maria talks about when boys and girls that watch what others are doing and believed to be that those boys and girls are going to grow up knowing how to do things for themselves.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-033-002

File Size

1.69 mb

Duration

9 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Collected By

Unknown

Sound Editor

Marie-Odile Junker

Described By

Marie-Odile Junker

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Very good

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History

Themes

Memoirs, Teachings

Topics

Woman, Family, Boy, Girl, Tradition, Celebrations, Food, Clothing

Fathers supporting the family

Mother`s story about her father. How he managed all his life to support his family, to purchase material for the season.

Age 6+
Code

EcCh-001-019

File Size

2.45 mb

Duration

13 mins

Year Of Recording

19??

Year Of Last Edit

2004

Collected By

Unknown

Sound Editor

Hank House

Described By

Hank House

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies, History, Geography

Themes

Memoirs, Discussion, Teachings

Topics

Seasons, Plants, Places, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Transportation, Family, Boy, Girl, Past

Residential School

Philip was talking about children being taught non native education. He wants the native children to also be taught in the traditional way.

Age 8+
Code

EcMi-519-001

File Size

0.18 mb

Duration

1.04 mins

Year Of Recording

1969

Year Of Last Edit

2003

Collected By

Marguerite Mackenzie

Sound Editor

Edith Matoush

Described By

Edith Matoush

Dialect

Southern

Quality

Good

Communities

Mistissini

Languages

Southern Dialect

Teachings

Spirituality, Social studies, History

Themes

Interview, Teachings

Topics

Inter-racial, Tradition, Past, Clothing

Interview on tradition

An interview in English with a Cree translator (Elizabeth Dick) about traditions: mittens, personal life, guns and knifes, what girls and boys did all day, traps. When it is time to tell stories; medicine; songs...

Age 12+
Code

EcWh-903-001

File Size

9.59 mb

Duration

56 mins

Year Of Recording

1970

Year Of Last Edit

2003

Collected By

Cree Program collection

Sound Editor

Louisa George

Described By

Louisa George

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good

Communities

Whapmagoostui

Languages

Northern Dialect, English

Teachings

Social studies

Themes

Interview

Topics

Boy, Girl, Tradition, Past, Artifacts, Clothing, Man, Woman, Medicines, Transportation

Akaa Kaa Nipihtaat

The legend of Akaa Kaa Nipihtaat, the young man that never killed any game. The women made fun of him. He lived with his parents and never killed any game even when he hunted. One time as he hunted, he became very frustrated. As he sat there, the animals began to notice him. All the animals approached him and explained that they didn`t know he existed. The animals tell the young man that he would be able to kill game now. After that, he became a successful hunter and all the women were attracted to him.

Age 8+
Code

EcCh-034-030

File Size

7.08 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2006

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies

Themes

Legends

Topics

Family, Tradition, Past, Animals, Artifacts, Food, Clothing, Man, Woman, Supernatural, Transportation

Kaa Utishikaakukuhpiu

The legend of Kaa Utishikaakukuhpiu. He was an evil elder who loved killing people. His coat was made from skunk skins. A young man finds out that he was an orphan because Kaa Utishikaakukuhpiu had killed his parents. The young man offends Kaa Utishikaakukuhpiu by saying that he stank. Kaa Utishikaakukuhpiu is determined to kill the young man by poisoning him. After failing to poison the young man, the young man instead kills Kaa Utishikaakuhpiu by using helping spirits.

Age 10+
Code

EcCh-034-028

File Size

11.71 mb

Duration

0 mins

Year Of Recording

1965

Year Of Last Edit

2006

Collected By

George Bauer

Sound Editor

Brian Webb

Described By

Brian Webb

Dialect

Northern

Quality

Good with noise

Communities

Chisasibi

Languages

Northern Dialect

Teachings

Social studies

Themes

Legends

Topics

Food, Clothing, Man, Monsters, Supernatural, Family, Tradition, Animals, Artifacts

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