Written in Cree and English, Caitlin Dale Nicholson’s nipêhon / I Wait is a sweet story about a little girl who picks wild yarrow with her mother and grandmother. The book includes a recipe for yarrow tea, which is known for its refreshing, soothing effects. We’ve included the recipe here.
4 cups water
4 tablespoons yarrow flowers and leaves, fresh or dried
Bring water to a boil, then add yarrow.
Steep for five minutes, strain and enjoy.
Drink hot or cold — hot to relieve a fever.
nêwo minihkwâcikana nipiy
nêwo êmihkwânisak wâpanêwask wâpikwaniya, oski-nîpiya ahpô ê-pâstêki.
kisâkamisa nipiy; ohtêki, êkota wâpanêwask ka-takonên.
pêho niyânan cipahikanisa, sîkopwâtina êkwa minihkwê.
kika-kî-minihkwân ê-kisâkamitêk ahpô ê-tahkâkamik — ê-kisâkamitêyik ka-miyoskâkow awiyak ê-kisisot.
ᓀᐅᐧ ᒥᓂᐦᑳᐧᒋᑲᓇ ᓂᐱᕀ
ᓀᐅᐧ ᐁᒥᐦᑳᐧᓂᓴᐠ ᐋᐧᐸᓀᐊᐧᐢᐠ ᐋᐧᐱᑲᐧᓂᔭ, ᐅᐢᑭ ᓃᐱᔭ ᐊᐦᐴ ᐁ ᐹᐢᑌᑭ᙮
ᑭᓵᑲᒥᓴ ᓂᐱᕀ; ᐅᐦᑌᑭ, ᐁᑯᑕ ᐋᐧᐸᓀᐊᐧᐢᐠ ᑲ ᑕᑯᓀᐣ᙮
ᐯᐦᐅ ᓂᔮᓇᐣ ᒋᐸᐦᐃᑲᓂᓴ, ᓰᑯᐹᐧᑎᓇ ᐁᑲᐧ ᒥᓂᐦᑫᐧ᙮
ᑭᑲ ᑮ ᒥᓂᐦᑳᐧᐣ ᐁ ᑭᓵᑲᒥᑌᐠ ᐊᐦᐴ ᐁ ᑕᐦᑳᑲᒥᐠ — ᐁ ᑭᓵᑲᒥᑌᔨᐠ ᑲ ᒥᔪᐢᑳᑯᐤ ᐊᐃᐧᔭᐠ ᐁ ᑭᓯᓱᐟ᙮
nipêhon / I Wait
Caitlin Dale Nicholson with Leona Morin-Nelson
The simple story, written in Cree and English and accompanied by rich acrylic illustrations, shows the patience, love and humor involved as three generations accommodate one another on a family outing. nipêhon / ᓂᐯᐦᐅᐣ / I Wait was translated by Leona Morin-Neilson, who was the inspiration for the book.
This companion volume to niwîcihâw / I Help includes a recipe for yarrow tea, known for its refreshing and soothing effects. The recipe is reproduced here.