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Cree
Alternate forms: Nēhiyaw
Language(s): English | Cree, Plains
Date: 1925; Circa 1935; 1948; 1949;
Type:Text
Extent: 830 pages
Description: The Cree materials in the ACLS collection are Plains Cree materials predominantly from Saskatchewan and are located in the "Cree" section of the finding aid. "Cree texts, 'Series Two: Syllabary Texts from Sweet Grass Reserve,'" recorded by Harry Achenam of Sweetgrass Reserve (and previously attributed to Leonard Bloomfield), contains 67 unpublished stories written in Cree syllabics. The other primary materials are several items by Edward Ahenakew, written in English, concerning his family's genealogy, methods for tanning leather and building canoes, accounts of medicine practices and conjuring, and stories of little people, Wetikoo (or Wihtigo, Windigo), and other non-human beings. Many of these stories were given by various consultants such as Chief Starblanket of Ahtahkakoop, Jerry Constant, James Moostoos, and Susan Moostoos.
Collection: ACLS Collection (American Council of Learned Societies Committee on Native American Languages, American Philosophical Society) (Mss.497.3.B63c)

Cree
Alternate forms: Nēhiyaw
Language(s): English | Cree, Swampy
Date: April 15, 1872; April 30, 1945; October 1, 1948
Type:Text
Extent: 3 items
Description: Young's "Rossville Mission Indian vocabularies," Cree vocabulary collected at the Rossville Mission near Norway House, Manitoba. Ahenakew's "The Cree Indians' theology," discusses various Cree conceptions of Muneto; describes attempt to acquire personal Muneto; mentions sun dance for Thunderbird. Letter from Ahenakew to Paul A. W. Wallace, transmits genealogy of his family and information on Skunkskin. Hopes to write on Metawiwin societies, mentions Tar Blanket and Susukwamoos as high in Metawiwin. People at Ahenakew's reserve have been Christian for four generations; has to travel to get ethnographic information.
Collection: Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection (Mss.Ms.Coll.200)

Cree
Alternate forms: Nēhiyaw
Language(s): English
Date: 1922-1961
Type:Text
Extent: 2 items
Description: Correspondence of Edward Ahenakew (1885-1961) with Paul A. W. Wallace between 1922 and 1961. Topics include Ahenakew's the desirability of his collecting ethnographic material and tales; personal matters; etc. There is also an 85-page genealogical sketch prepared by Ahenakew of his family, including a autobiographical sketch as well as biographical information regarding his parents, grandparents, and some of their collateral relatives.
Collection: Paul A. W. Wallace Papers (Mss.Ms.Coll.64b)