Woods Cree (Nīhithawīwin / ᒐᐦᑭᐯᐦᐃᑲᓇ)

Woods Cree is a member of the the Western Cree branch of the Algonquian language family. It is spoken in northern parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan in Canada. In 2016 there were 1,840 speakers of Woods Cree.

Woods Cree is written with both the Latin alphabet and the Cree syllabic script. University language programs and teacher training programs favour the Latin alphabet, and as a result, use of the syllabic script is declining. The syllabic script can be written with indication of long vowels (pointed) or without that indication (unpointed).

Syllabics for Woods Cree

Syllabics for Woods Cree

Source: http://www.creedictionary.com/syllabics/woodland.php

Roman Orthography for Woods Cree

Roman Orthography Woods Cree

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Sample text in Woods Cree

Pointed Syllabics

ᐁᑿ ᐆᒪ ᐯᔭᒁᐤ ᐁ ᑫᓯᑳᐠ ᐁ ᑫ ᓈᑕᖬᐯᔮᐣ, ᐁᒁᓂ ᐁᑿ ᓂᑲᐹᐣ, ᐁ ᐅᓭᐦᐊᒁᐤ ᑭᓄᓭᐘᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᑳ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᑯᑕᒁᐤ ᐁᑿ ᐊᒁᐚᓂᓯᕁ, ᐁ ᐍ ᐊᔭ ᐍᐢᑿᔁᒁᐤ, ᓇᒣᐢᑎᑿᐠ ᐁ ᐍ ᐅᓭᐦᐊᒁᐤ᙮ ᐁᒁᓂ ᐁᑿ ᓂᐱᒪᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᐣ ᑭᓄᓭᐘᐠ ᐁ ᐅᓭᐦᐊᒁᐤ, ᐁᑿ ᓈᓯᐯᑎᒥᕁ ᒫᑲ ᐏᖬ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᑕᐦᑲᒥᑭᓯᔮᐣ᙮

Unpointed Syllabics

ᐁᑿ ᐅᒪ ᐯᔭᑿᐤ ᐁ ᑫᓯᑲᐠ ᐁ ᑫ ᓇᑕᖬᐯᔭᐣ, ᐁᑿᓂ ᐁᑿ ᓂᑲᐸᐣ, ᐁ ᐅᓭᐊᑿᐤ ᑭᓄᓭᐘᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᑲ ᓂᑕᐏ ᐊᑯᑕᑿᐤ ᐁᑿ ᐊᑿᐊᓂᓯᕁ, ᐁ ᐍ ᐊᔭ ᐍᐢᑿᔁᑿᐤ, ᓇᒣᐢᑎᑿᐠ ᐁ ᐍ ᐅᓭᐊᑿᐤ᙮ ᐁᑿᓂ ᐁᑿ ᓂᐱᒪᑲᒥᑭᓯᐣ ᑭᓄᓭᐘᐠ ᐁ ᐅᓭᐊᑿᐤ, ᐁᑿ ᓇᓯᐯᑎᒥᕁ ᒪᑲ ᐏᖬ ᐅᒪ ᑲ ᐃᑕᑲᒥᑭᓯᔭᐣ᙮

Roman Orthography

Īkwa ōma pīyakwāw ī-kīsikāk ī-kī-nātathapīyān, īkwāni īkwa nikapān, ī-osīhakwāw kinosīwak, īkwa kā-nitawi-akotakwāw īkwa akwāwānisihk, ī-wī-aya-wīskwaswakwāw, nimīstikwak ī-wī-osīhakwāw. Īkwāni īkwa nipimahkamikisin kinosīwak ī-osīhakwāw, īkwa nāsipītimihk māka witha ōma kā-itahkamikisiyān.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_Cree

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Links

Information about Woods Cree
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woods_Cree
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/cwd
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/cree-western-woods

Cree fonts
http://www.wazu.jp/gallery/Fonts_Cree.html
https://www.eastcree.org/cree/en/resources/how-to/cree-fonts/

Algonquian languages

Abenaki, Algonquin, Arapaho, Atikamekw, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Chippewa, Cree (Moose), Cree (Plains), Cree (Swampy), Cree (Woods), Innu (Montagnais), Kickapoo, Malecite-Passamaquoddy, Fox, Loup, Massachusett (Wampanoag), Menominee, Miami, Míkmaq, Mohegan, Mohican, Munsee, Narragansett, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Ottawa, Penobscot, Powhatan, Potawatomi, Quiripi, Shawnee, Unami (Lenape)

Languages written with Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics

Blackfoot, Carrier, Chipewyan, Inuktitut, Moose Cree, Naskapi, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree, Plains Cree, Woods Cree

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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