PICKING WILD BERRIES

by Alex Eddington

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LYRICS

When Clarence was little, his grandma carried him on her back through
the woods to the clearing to pick.
wild berries
(pickaci-mīnisa.)

Grandma carried a bucket and sang.

Now Clarence carries his own bucket 

and walks behind his
grandma
(ōkoma)

They sing together.

Blueberries dot the clearing. Grandma checks for
bears
(maskwak)

They pick the plumpest berries they can “nd and 

drop them into their
buckets

(otaskikowāwa)

Tup, tup.

Grandma likes sweet
blueberries
(ininimina)

soft blueberries, juicy blueberries. Clarence likes

big blueberries, sour blueberries, blueberries that 

go POP in his mouth.

Clarence and his grandma pick blueberries for a
long time
(konēsk)

They eat
so many
(micēt)
berries that their lips turn purple. 

An ant
(ēnik)
crawls up Clarence’s leg. 

 

Tch, tch. It tickles.

A spider
(kōkom-minākēsīs)
makes its web.

Sh, sh.

A fox
(mākēsīs)
sneaks by.

Rustle, rustle.

When the buckets are full, Clarence lays a 

handful of berries on a leaf for the
birds
(pinēsīsak)
and the other animals of the woods.

They say
thank you
(nanāskomowak)

Clarence and his grandma walk back through the
woods
(sakāk)
with their buckets full of berries. !e birds

The birds sing 

(nikamo)
in the clearing.
 
 
 
Wild Berries / Pikaci Mīnisa – text and illustrations by Julie Flett Published by Simply Read Books, 2014. Translations to Swampy Cree by Earl Cook. Text reprinted with permission of the author and publisher.
 
 
 
 
 

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