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Vocabulary in Native American Languages: Cree Words

Welcome to our Cree vocabulary page! Cree is an Algonquian language, related to other languages like Ojibwe and Mesquakie. We have included twenty basic Cree words here, to compare with related American Indian languages. You can find more Cree Indian words in our online picture glossaries. If you'd like to know a word that is not in these wordlists, you can take part in our Indian translations fundraiser or visit our main Cree language site for more free resources.

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Cree Word Set

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English (Français) Cree Words
One (Un) Peyak
Two (Deux) Nîso
Three (Trois) Nisto
Four (Quatre) Newo
Five (Cinq) Nîyânan
Man (Homme) Napew
Woman (Femme) Iskwew
Dog (Chien) Atim
Sun (Soleil) Pîsim
Moon (Lune) Tipiskâw pîsim
Water (Eau) Nîpîy
White (Blanc) Wâpiskâw
Yellow (Jaune) Osâwâw
Red (Rouge) Mihkwâw
Black (Noir) Kaskitewâw
Eat (Manger) Michisiw
See (Voir) Wâpiw
Hear (Entendre) Pehtam
Sing (Chanter) Nikamew
Leave (Partir) Nakatew

Click here to see Cree vocabulary words compared to words in related Algonquian languages: Algonquian Indian Words

Cree Picture Dictionaries

Here are some themed Cree word lists we have put together and illustrated for language learners. Feel free to print them out for classroom purposes!

*Cree animal words
*Cree body parts
*Cree words for colors
*Cree number words

Additional Resources

   Cree Indians
   Saskatchewan First Nations
   Indian dictionaries
   Cree Indian names
   Indigenous peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands

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