The Cree Native Arts and Crafts association announces the winners for its 2nd on-line poetry and song writing competition.

Ouje-Bougoumou, QC: December 10, 2019 – The Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association is proud to announce the results of their 2nd Cree On-line Poetry & Song writing competition. From November 18th to 30th, 2019, the Cree Nation of Eeyou Istchee was given the opportunity to submit a recording of an original song or poem performed in Cree. The submissions were posted on the Cree Native Arts and Crafts Facebook page for on-line judging.

Here are the official results for each of the categories:

Song writing
First: Nib-bin-atseeyin by Brian Fireman, $1000
Second: Whiskeychans by Diane Bosum, $750
Third: Iiyuuiituun by Silas Katapatuk, $500
Honorable Mention: Betchweechow by Christopher Snowboy, $250
Special Language Prize: Whap-ten by Johnny Cooper Sr., $250

Poetry

First: Weskach Chihchuweh Napeuch Kaa by John Phillip Bosum, $1000
Second: Nuuwejewahkin by Freddie Dixon, $750
Third: Mmstukuj, dahn stihnihm by Stacey Taylor, $500
Honorable Mention: Piimaatisiiwin by Daisy Visitor, $250

A special thanks to our partners at the Cree Nation Youth Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the James Bay Cree Communications Society.

Meegwetch and congratulations to all the participants. The CNACA On-line Poetry & Song writing competition is a way to help present, promote and bring recognition to our Cree artists and artisans for their outstanding contribution and exemplary dedication to the arts in Eeyou Istchee. This was a great way to preserve Cree Langauge.