Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree (Season 1 x 6 parts)




Nehiyawetan Productions Loretta Sarah Todd


Children Cree First Nations Indigenous
  • Release Date 2011
  • 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: Kamala Todd, Jason Krowe, Loretta Todd
Produced by: Loretta Sarah Todd, Nehiyawetan Productions

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Season 1 - Episode List:

Greetings (24 minutes) 
Join Grace, Kai and Kiyano as their teacher Josephine teaches them Cree words for “hello”, “I am fine,” and “how are you” while musical guest Jason Burnstick shares a fun greeting song with them. Next is an exciting game of Go Go Stop – Cree style, before the children gather for the animated story “The Shy Village,” about a boy who lives in a village where no one says “tansi” (Cree greeting).
Numbers (24 minutes)
Grace, Kai, Kiyano and their teacher Josephine are off to the farmers’ market to shop for fruit and test their new Cree counting words. At game time, they have fun seeing how many times they can hop on one foot, counting in Cree. Then, Ray Thunderchild rallies them for a fun round dance. Meanwhile, we see the animated story about Mick the Mouse, who must climb up the stairs to get inside his house before the storm arrives.
Action (24 minutes)
Grace, Kai, and Kiyano get the chance to exercise their bodies and their Cree with action words for running, dancing, jumping and stopping. Musical guest Sandy Scofield joins in on the fun while Grace shares a story about how much she likes to dance.
Family (24 minutes)
Grace, Kai, and Kiyano learn family titles in Cree, and fun ensues as they play charades, trying to guess who Josephine is pretending to be. Cheryl L'Hirondelle appears as a musical guest, and Grace shares a story about her family.
Animals (24 minutes)
Grace, Kai, Kiyano and their teacher Josephine are off to Stanley Park in search of different animals and practice the Cree words for their various furry friends. Kai shares a story about his Atim (“dog” in Cree), and Cheryl L'Hirondelle drums and sings about animals with the children.
Fun (24 minutes)
Musical guest Jason Burnstick joins Grace, Kai, and Kiyano on a journey to Jericho Beach in Vancouver to have a picnic, play some games and enjoy berry picking. In other words, they're out to have “fun”!! Kai shares a story about how much he likes to climb... even wall-climb!

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