Long before Indigenous people developed a writing system, they relied on spoken language to pass on their shared knowledge. Elders were the keepers of information. Over time, they transferred those memories through stories to the generations that followed. This system helped preserve their identity over centuries.
The stories served as historical reference points, connecting contemporary thought with ancient wisdom. This transfer of knowledge continues to be a bond between the speaker, the listener and their ancestors.
“The Rainbow” teaches a timeless lesson that was passed down orally through the Cree communities. It explains how Great Spirit created balance within our world’s ecosystem. The story relates a critical message that needs to be heard worldwide. Indeed, we have a global responsibility to protect the natural equilibrium of our home we call Earth.
Cree Literacy Network Review on: The Rainbow: A Plains Cree Story (y-dialect)