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July 18, 2011

The story below comes to us from Sakimay First Nation, Saskatchewan. The author, Kimberly Loftus, was recently enrolled at the Generations Ahead School. Her story was published in the book entitled "Sharing Aboriginal Stories". In the story below, English is in italics. Cree is the translated language.

photo Sharing Aboriginal Storires cover
Cover of Sharing Aboriginal Stories

Learning about the Sundance

by Kimberly Loftus

My name is Kimberly Loftus and I am from Sakimay First Nation.
ni wîhôwin ôma Kimberly Loftus êkwa nîya osici Sakimay First Nation

I am a student at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-Op.
ê kiskinwahamâkosîyan Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op

I do not know a lot about my culture language and history but want to learn.
namoya nikiskîhtîn mistahi osici ôma nêhiyaw sihcikêwin maka ni nohte nikiskîhtîn

I am researching the Sundance.
ni nitonîn nipâkwîsimowin

My research was on the internet and in the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre library.
Niki nitonîn kiskihtamowin ê apacihtayan mahtaw apacihcikan êkwa Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre ayamihcikîwikamik

I learned that the Sundance is an important traditional ceremony.
ni kiskîhtîn ê mistiyihtakwahk oma nipâkwîsimowin

It happens in the summer season.
îspayik mana ka nîpihk

It is a ceremony of sacrifice.
ê ayamahk ôma

Sometimes it is done by someone who has made a vow to dance if their prayers were heard.
asotamok ayisînôwak ka nîmihtocik

I hope to learn more someday about this tradition and others in my culture.
ni pokosîhtân ki tahtowîy ka kiskihtaman ohi nêhiyaw osihcikêwina

[This story was taken with permission, from the book entitled "Sharing Aboriginal Stories".]

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