Wednesday, February 6, 2008

COPPER THUNDERBIRD

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"Miskwaabik Animikii" /Anishnaabe/

- Signature of Norval Morrisseau in Cree syllabics
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Note: Norval Morrisseau's wife Harriet Kakegamic (Cree) taught him how to translate his Anishinaabek name Copper Thunderbird into Cree syllabics*.
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* A syllabic writing system developed by Methodist missionary James Evans in the 1840s.

3 comments:

zorro said...

There are some who dispute the "invention" by Evans. Oral history of the Cree suggests that another explanation was that Evans learned the syllabics from Elders. Link: http://www.scnea.com/plainscree/SYLLABICS/SYLLABIC_HISTORY/syllabic_history.html

zorro said...

link:
http://www.scnea.com/plainscree/SYLLABICS/SYLLABIC_HISTORY/syllabic_history.html

Spirit Walker said...

Thank you "zorro" for the comment.

Others believe that history of Cree syllabics is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Aboriginal_Syllabics

It would be nice to find the truth.

Does anyone know more about it?