Cover image for 100 days of Cree / Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey.
100 days of Cree / Neal McLeod with Arok Wolvengrey.
Title Variants:
One hundred days of Cree
Publication Information:
Regina : University of Regina Press, 2016.

Physical Description:
xv, 283 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
General Note:
Text in English with some text in Cree.


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
497.97323 MCL Book Adult General Collection

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As an Elder once said, "Learn one Cree word a day for 100 days, and emerge a different person." In 100 Days of Cree , Neal McLeod offers us a portal into another way of understanding the universe--and our place within it--while demonstrating why this funny, vibrant, and sometimes salacious language is "the sexiest of them all" (according to Tomson Highway). Based on a series of Facebook posts, the 100 short chapters or "days" in the book present a chain of related words, some dealing with the traditional--the buffalo hunt, the seasons--and others cheekily capturing the detritus of modern life--from Internet slang to Johnny Cash songs to Viagra. The result is both an introduction to the most widely spoken Indigenous language in Canada and the opportunity to see the world, and ourselves, in another way.

Author Notes

From the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and editor of  Indigenous Poetics in Canada,  Neal McLeod is a poet, painter, and educator.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

This informative and entertaining tribute to the richness of the Cree language-inspired by a series of Facebook posts from McLeod, editor of Indigenous Poetics in Canada-arrives at a critical juncture when the reclamation and celebration of indigenous languages are becoming focal healing points for many First Nations communities. Ostensibly a storytelling dictionary, its brief two-to-four-page entries allow for easy reference, with memorable anecdotes that enrich context and definition. McLeod's concise and pointed translations of terms grouped by subject matter (such as place names, flowers, feelings, and household items) include personal stories as well as insights into Cree history, culture, spirituality, and sexuality (Cree is always "walking the edge of the risqué"). Terms that reflect serious concerns of land dispossession and poverty sit alongside colloquialisms for ordering at Tim Hortons coffee shops and translations of Johnny Cash songs. The guide does not shy away from difficult truths (pizza, it informs readers, is "the throw-up bread"). Linguist Wolvengrey provides an excellent guide to pronunciation, syllabic stress, and dealing with vowels and consonants (which would better serve readers if it were placed in the front of the book). McLeod's thesis that the Internet will help preserve endangered languages is amply supported with this loving and timely collection. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.