100 Days of Cree
ISBN: 9780889774292
Year: 2016
Pages: 325
Binding: Paperback
$24.95

As an Elder once said, "Learn one Cree word a day for 100 days, and emerge a different person."

In 100 Days of Cree Neal McLeod offers a portal into another way of understanding the universe-and our place within it-while demonstrating why this funny, vibrant, and sometimes salacious language is "the sexiest" of them all (according to Tomson Highway).

Based on a series of Facebook posts, the 100 short chapters or "days" in the book present chains of related words, some dealing with the traditional -the buffalo hunt, the seasons-and others cheekily capturing the detritus of modern life-from internet slang to Johnny Cash songs to Viagra.

The result is both an introduction to the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Canada and an opportunity to see the world, and ourselves, in another way.

CONTENTS
Acknowledgements...................................................................... XI
Introduction..............................................................................XIII
DAY 1 Working Together........................................................................ 1
DAY 2 Sky................................................................................................3
DAY 3 Water.............................................................................................6
DAY 4 Honour.........................................................................................8
DAY 5 Sound............................................................................................11
DAY 6 Place Names (Part 1)................................................................ 16
DAY 7 Clothing..................................................................................... 19
DAY 8 Treaty..........................................................................................22
DAY 9 Facebook/Internet Slang........................................................ 26
DAY 10 Horses (Part 1)......................................................................... 29
DAY 11 Different Peoples...................................................................... 33
DAY 12 The Character and Knowledge of the Crees...........................37
DAY 13 Kinship...................................................................................... 40
DAY 14 Dances....................................................................................... 44
DAY 15 Medicine................................................................................... 49
DAY 16 Place Names (Part 2)............................................................... 52
DAY 17 Warfare...................................................................................... 55
DAY 18 Rivers......................................................................................... 58
DAY 19 Star Wars.....................................................................................61
DAY 20 Kentucky Fried Chicken......................................................... 64
DAY 21 Food............................................................................................67
DAY 22 Buildings................................................................................... 70
DAY 23 Weather......................................................................................75
DAY 24 Directions................................................................................. 78
DAY 25 Imitations or Fakes.....................................................................81
DAY 26 Funny Cree Expressions (Part 1)............................................ 84
DAY 27 Spring.........................................................................................87
DAY 28 How Sweetgrass Became Chief (Part 1)................................ 89
DAY 29 Funny Cree Expressions (Part 2)..............................................91
DAY 30 How Sweetgrass Became Chief (Part 2) ............................... 94
DAY 31 Tim Hortons..............................................................................97
DAY 32 Stories........................................................................................ 99
DAY 33 The Goose................................................................................. 101
DAY 34 Birds..........................................................................................103
DAY 35 Education.................................................................................106
DAY 36 How Sweetgrass Became Chief (Part 3)...............................109
DAY 37 Cree Narrative Memory.......................................................... 112
DAY 38 How Sweetgrass Became Chief (Part 4)................................ 115
DAY 39 Mechanical Things................................................................... 119
DAY 40 Treaty Four Leaders................................................................ 122
DAY 41 Horses (Part 2)........................................................................ 124
DAY 42 Powwow (Part 1)..................................................................... 128
DAY 43 How Sweetgrass Became Chief (Part 5)............................... 130
DAY 44 Powwow (Part 2)..................................................................... 134
DAY 45 Sweetgrass as a Young Man (Part 1)...................................... 136
DAY 46 Household Items..................................................................... 139
DAY 47 Songs to Kill a Wîhtikow......................................................... 141
DAY 48 Flowers..................................................................................... 143
DAY 49 Interacting with Our Children (Part 1)................................ 145
DAY 50 Sewing/Hides...........................................................................147
DAY 51 Interacting with Our Children (Part 2)................................149
DAY 52 Dogs........................................................................................... 151
DAY 53 Horses (Part 3)........................................................................ 153
DAY 54 Furniture.................................................................................. 155
DAY 55 Colours......................................................................................157
DAY 56 Forests...................................................................................... 162
DAY 57 Art Terms (Part 1)................................................................... 165
DAY 58 Art Terms (Part 2)................................................................... 167
DAY 59 Feelings....................................................................................169
DAY 60 Poker (Part 1)............................................................................ 171
DAY 61 Hunting.................................................................................... 173
DAY 62 Academic Terms...................................................................... 176
DAY 63 Four Crees Resist the Blackfoot............................................ 179
DAY 64 Poker (Part 2).......................................................................... 183
DAY 65 Cree–English Slang................................................................. 185
DAY 66 Johnny Cash Songs.................................................................. 187
DAY 67 Rodeo.......................................................................................189
DAY 68 Fingers and Hands................................................................... 191
DAY 69 Transportation......................................................................... 194
DAY 70 Illnesses....................................................................................196
DAY 71 Being Cree................................................................................198
DAY 72 Social Control (Part 1) ...........................................................201
DAY 73 Social Control (Part 2) ..........................................................205
DAY 74 Seeing and Sight.....................................................................208
DAY 75 Increase, Move Forward, Expand.......................................... 210
DAY 76 Leonard Cohen Songs............................................................. 213
DAY 77 Office........................................................................................ 215
DAY 78 Interacting with Our Children (Part 3).................................217
DAY 79 Fall............................................................................................ 219
DAY 80 Buffalo...................................................................................... 221
DAY 81 Preverbs...................................................................................225
DAY 82 Practical Verbs........................................................................ 227
DAY 83 Literary Theory.......................................................................229
DAY 84 Bannock................................................................................... 232
DAY 85 Running..................................................................................235
DAY 86 Postage..................................................................................... 237
DAY 87 Guns........................................................................................239
DAY 88 Interacting with Your Dog...................................................... 241
DAY 89 Sweetgrass as a Young Man (Part 2).....................................244
DAY 90 Computer Terminology.........................................................246
DAY 91 Traditional Games.................................................................248
DAY 92 Winter Sports........................................................................... 251
DAY 93 Sweetgrass as a Young Man (Part 3).....................................253
DAY 94 Sweetgrass as a Young Man (Part 4).....................................256
DAY 95 Hallowe’en..............................................................................259
DAY 96 Interacting with Our Children (Part 4): Bedtime............... 261
DAY 97 Bedtime for the Bingo Caller................................................263
DAY 98 Giving Strength......................................................................265
DAY 99 Contemporary Warfare......................................................... 267
DAY 100 Until Next Time.....................................................................269
Guide to Cree Pronunciation by Arok Wolvengrey................... 271

Neal McLeod

Neal McLeod is Cree and Swedish and grew up on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. His previous poetry collections include Gabriel's Beach and Songs to Kill a Wihtikow, which won the Anskohk Aboriginal Festival Literature Award for Poetry Book of the Year. He lives in Kinistino, Saskatchewan.
"Neal McLeod provides a structure and a formula for people who want to learn or maintain Cree."
Recommended by Harold Johnson, 49th Shelf
his informative and entertaining tribute to the richness of the Cree language—inspired by a series of Facebook posts from McLeod, editor of Indigenous Poetics in Canada—arrives at a critical juncture when the reclamation and celebration of indigenous languages are becoming focal healing points for many First Nations communities. Ostensibly a storytelling dictionary, its brief two-to-four-page entries allow for easy reference, with memorable anecdotes that enrich context and definition. McLeod's concise and pointed translations of terms grouped by subject matter (such as place names, flowers, feelings, and household items) include personal stories as well as insights into Cree history, culture, spirituality, and sexuality (Cree is always "walking the edge of the risqué"). Terms that reflect serious concerns of land dispossession and poverty sit alongside colloquialisms for ordering at Tim Hortons coffee shops and translations of Johnny Cash songs. The guide does not shy away from difficult truths (pizza, it informs readers, is "the throw-up bread"). Linguist Wolvengrey provides an excellent guide to pronunciation, syllabic stress, and dealing with vowels and consonants (which would better serve readers if it were placed in the front of the book). McLeod's thesis that the Internet will help preserve endangered languages is amply supported with this loving and timely collection. (May)
Publishers Weekly , Best Books Authors
As an elder once said, "Learn one Cree word a day for 100 days, and emerge a different person." In 100 Days of Cree, Neal McLeod offers us a portal into another way of understanding the universe - and our place within it - while demonstrating why this funny, vibrant and sometimes salacious language is "the sexiest of them all" (according to Tomson Highway).

Based on a series of Facebook posts, the 100 short chapters or "days" in the book present a chain of related words, some dealing with the traditional - the buffalo hunt, the seasons - and others cheekily capturing the detritus of modern life - from internet slang to Johnny Cash songs to Viagra.

The result is both an introduction to the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Canada and the opportunity to see the world, and ourselves, in another way. (From the publisher)
CBC Books , CBC Book
Grade 7 and 8 students at Douglas Park School in Regina are embarking on 100 days of learning Cree, thanks to a teacher inspired by author Neal McLeod.

Each chapter in McLeod's book 100 Days of Cree focuses on a different aspect of life — some traditional and some more modern.

The students will be learning new Cree words for 100 days related to a different topic each day.

"It covers everything from basic language but also brings into a more contemporary place with, you know, talking about Facebook and how to order a coffee at Tim Hortons," said Aaron Warner, the teacher behind the project, on CBC Radio's The Morning Edition.
CBC News , Teacher brings 100 days of Cree to Regina Grade 7 and 8 students
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