Cree Legends and Narratives from the West Coast of James Bay
This is the first major body of annotated texts in James Bay Cree, and a unique documentation of Swampy and Moose Cree (Western James Bay) usage of the 1950s and 1960s. Conversations and interviews with sixteen different speakers include: legends, reminiscences, historical narratives, stories and conversations, as well as descriptions of technology. The book includes a detailed pronunciation guide, notes on Cree terms, informants' comments, dialect variations, and descriptions of cultural values and customs. The introduction describes and compares the various genres in traditional and popular culture. Written in Cree and English, with full glosssary.
Publication Date: July 31st, 1995
590 pages| 6 in x 7 in
Simeon Scott was a resident of Fort Albany. At the time these texts were recorded, he was in charge of a branch store of the HudsonÆs Bay Company and was nearing retirement. A native speaker of Swampy Cree, he also spoke considerable English.