Mary Louise (née Bangs) Rockthunder, wêpanâkit, was an Elder of Cree, Saulteaux, and Nakoda descent. Born in 1913, raised and married at nēhiyawipwātināhk / Piapot First Nation, Mary Louise, a much-loved storyteller, speaks of her memories, stories, and knowledge, revealing her personal humility and her deep love and respect for her family and her nêhiyawêwin language and culture.
The recordings that are transcribed, edited, and translated for this book are presented in three forms: Cree syllabics, standard roman orthography (SRO) for Cree, and English. A full Cree-English glossary concludes the book, providing an additional resource for those learning the nêhiyawêwin language.
About the authors
Mary Louise (née Bangs) Rockthunder, wêpanâkit, was an Elder of Cree, Saulteaux, and Nakoda descent, born, raised and married at nēhiyawipwātināhk / Piapot First Nation. She was born on October 16, 1913, and left for the spirit world over 90 years later on July 2, 2004.
Jean L. Okimasis, originally from White Bear First Nations, is a retired Cree Language educator, who taught for many years with the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University of Canada). She continues to be active in the production of Cree Language materials and has been honoured for her past work with a Doctorate of Letters from the University of Regina, and has had a residential park named for her within the city of Regina, where she currently lives.
Arok Wolvengrey is Department Head, Associate Professor, and Linguistics Program Coordinator at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.