The Little Drummer Boy

2013: Canadian Plains Gallery on Facebook.

Jackie Traverse 2013: The Little Drummer Boy
Canadian Plains Gallery on Facebook.

āstamik itwāniwan,
     pā ram pa pa pam,
okimāw nihtāwikiw,
     pā ram pa pa pam
mēkiwina miyātān,
     pā ram pa pa pam
okimāw kita-miyak,
     pā ram pa pa pam,
     ram pa pa pam,
ram pa pa pam

kita-kistēyimiht,
     pā ram pa pa pam,
takosihki

awāsis Jesus, pā ram pa pa pam,
nikitimākisin, pā ram pa pa pam,
namwāc kīkway nitayān, pā ram pa pa pam,
kita-miyitān, pā ram pa pa pam,
     ram pa pa pam, ram pa pa pam
nika-kitocikān, pā ram pa pa pam, takosihki

Mary nāh-nānamiskwēyiw, pā ram pa pa pam
mostoswak mina, pā ram pa pa pam,
nikitocikēstamawāw, pā ram pa pa pam,
kwayask ni-sohki-kocīn, pā ram pa pa pam,
     ram pa pa pam, ram pa pa pam
ēkwāni kā-pāhpit, pā ram pa pa pam, takosihki.

(from Dolores Sand’s CD, manitowi-kîsikâw)

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