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Cree# is a C#-like imperative language by Jon Corbett, which allows programming in Cree keywords using Cree concepts and metaphors. In addition to this language, Corbett's PhD research has led to his Indigenous Coding Framework, a work-in-progress that will help other Indigenous communities bring to computation not only their languages but their cultural logic and values.

Language Features


miyâhkasike, tisamân, smudge – the smudge command
âcimowin, âtayôhkan – indicators for identifying/protecting story elements
mînisiwat, maskihkîwiwat – variable declarations
pipon, pipona, pipohki, awasipipon, mêsakwanipipon – winter(s) (loops)
tahtwâw – each time
awa, ôma – this and that
sîpiy – river (if)
kikway – what (if)
kîsipayiw – end/terminate
pîkiskwêw – say/talk (print/output text)

Operators (verbs)

asiwahew – populate [as in a variable]
pîhciyihk – inside/contents
akihtam – count something
takwastâw – add
mistahi- (as a prefix morpheme) – makes something bigger, increase by 1
kâwôtinikêwin – subtract
–osis or –si (as suffix) – makes something smaller reduces something by 1
tâpiskôc – make something equal or same as something
-wa and -wak – suffixes that pluralize a noun (making it an array)
x – ends a statement (this is not a lowercase x it is a syllabic that looks like a lowercase x and is used as a full stop)


Common entities that are in stories and cannot be used as generic “noun” variable assignments

wîsahkecâhk – (Raven, trickster, a legendary spirit)
maskwa – bear
cihcipistikwân– a legendary spirit
cahkâpes – a legendary spirit
wîhtikôw – windigo
môswa – moose
mahihkan – wolf
amisk – beaver


The actual words for each number are reserved (there are 104)

makikway – null/zero, literally “not something”
mihcecis; mihcet; mihcetinwa – fairly many; many; numerous
misi- - a prefix for describing a massive amount of something
akihtâson – literally means “a number”; used in conjunction with syllabic numerals to separate text syllabics from numbers such as:
newinwa napewak ([there are] four men)
ᐊᑭᐦᑖᓱᐣ lᐅ ᓇᐯᐘᐠ ([they] number 4 men)

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