Presentation on the Interconnections Between Cree Language and Culture
Posted on November 10, 2011 by Petra Cegielny
Join Bruce Cutknife, Head of Cree Language Studies at Maskwacis Cultural College in Hobbema, Alberta, for a discussion on the “Interconnections Between Cree Language and Culture”.
When: Monday, November 21
Time: 3:15 – 4:05 PM
Where: Classroom Building – Room C014
Everyone Is Welcome!
Bruce Cutknife is a member of the Samson Cree First Nation in Hobbema, AB. Bruce was born and raised on the Bear Hills Maskwachees community with Cree as his first language. He attended the Ermineskin Residential School up until grade 9 and then moved to Edmonton to attend high school.
In 1974, Bruce completed his high school in Ponoka, AB. After working a few years, Bruce went back to school at the newly established Maskwachees Cultural College in 1976. Bruce started working in the Living History Program of the Maskwachees Cultural College for a number of years. His duties included audio and video recording of Elders talking about local history. This involved working with Elders to collect and archive the Cree language, working with Cree Syllabics and using them in the collection and archiving of local history.
Bruce went back to school to complete his undergraduate studies. He received his BA in History/Native Studies from Augustana University College in Camrose, AB. After graduation, Bruce worked in local radio and television, and taught some Cree Language and Cree Studies courses at Maskwachees Cultural College. Bruce was also the Director of Education for the Samson Cree Nation.
We are honoured to have Mr. Cutknife back on campus to share his knowledge with us.
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