Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree (Season 2 x 6 parts)




Nehiyawetan Productions Loretta Sarah Todd


Children Cree First Nations Indigenous
  • Release Date 2009
  • Running Time 24 minutes
  • Closed Captions Yes
  • Availability Canada, USA

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Nehiyawetan means "Let's Speak Cree". This dynamic six part series combines live action and animation in an innovative approach to making the Cree language accessible to young children. It follows a group of Aboriginal children as they learn to speak Cree in the city. The approach taken reinforces learning through play, music, adventure and storytelling. Nehiyawetan: Let’s Speak Cree promotes language retention, offers a Cree perspective of the world and encourages smart choices about living in the city.

Directed by: Jason Krowe, Kamala Todd
Produced by: Loretta Sarah Todd, Nehiyawetan Productions

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Season 2 - Episode List:

In the Garden (24 minutes)
Tansi! Kai and Auntie Josephine are back, and joined by new student, Kayla, for another fun year of Cree. What better way to start the new year than “In the Garden”, learning about all the things that grow right in their own backyard! Guest Jason Burnstick joins in on the fun with a song about the nature that surrounds us.
Colours (24 minutes) 
The world is a colourful place, and Kai and Kayla are learning about the four colours of the medicine wheel – white, yellow, black, and red – with their Auntie Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about mixing colours for their beautiful painting.
Seasons (24 minutes)
The harvest is here, and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of a new season – and the perfect time to learn about the four seasons of the year! We are welcome at the Aboriginal Garden at the University of British Columbia, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Guest Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
Clothing (24 minutes)
You are cordially invited to Kai and Kayla’s dress up party! They are on a costume adventure with their Auntie Josephine, as they learn the Cree words for the clothes they wear, and play an exciting game with funny clothes. Musical guest, Joseph Naytowhow is scheduled to perform at the party, so stop in for the fun!
Weather (24 minutes)
It is sunny, it is windy, it is rainy, it is snowy. Josephine and guest performer, Skeena Reece, teach Kai and Kayla the Cree words for various weather. And they go to Science World to see how weather can help make energy. This episode is sure to bring sunshine to your house!
Feast (24 minutes)
Let’s eat, feast, and give thanks with Josephine, Kai, and Kayla, as they celebrate the end of another great year! All are welcomed in the feast at the Kla-how-eya Centre in Surrey, BC, filled with laughing and singing with the Children of the Rainbow. Guest Art Napoleon shares all the fun of feasting and of course, giving.

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