Verbs of Creation (“to make…”)
|ᐊᓵᒻ + ᐃᐦᒑᐤ||ᐊᓵᒥᐦᒑᐤ|
|asaam + ihchaau||=||asaamihchaau|
|snowshoe + to make||s/he makes snowshoes|
The verb ᐊᓵᒥᐦᒑᐤ asaamihchaau s/he makes snowshoes is made from the noun ᐊᓵᒻ asaam snowshoe and the verb final ᐃᐦᒑᐤ -ihchaau to make. Many verbs of creation can be made like that, by adding the verb final -ihchaau to a noun. This makes a verb which means “to make a ….”. Certain nouns drop the final -u before the ending is added.
|book||s/he makes a book|
|teepee||s/he makes a teepee|
|bannock||s/he makes bannock|
These verbs can be turned into new nouns by dropping the final -u and adding the suffix -siu. The new noun means “the person who makes… ” and is used to refer to a profession or an habitual activity. This is a very productive process (see Nouns ending in -siu).
|ᐋᐃᐦᑯᓈᐦᒑᓯᐤ||aaihkunaahchaasiu||the bannock maker|