Facelifted from Tansi! Nehiyawetan:
“We found this on the double-u-double-u-double-u-dot-youtubes (as our dear Elder used to say). It is a beautiful song we think Art Napoleon is singing.”
In the Youtube comments, you will find two versions of the words, and a note from Art’s niece claiming her uncle’s singing with pride. For the Cree Literacy Network, I’ve transcribed Art’s words in SRO (and hope somebody will point out any errors so I can fix them!)
waniskâ! pêtâpan ôma
âsay piyêsîsak kî-nikamowak
Wake up! The sun is coming.
The birds are already singing
How beautiful this land of ours is.
[Photo: Sunrise in the Greyeyes family “Yard” Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Elaine Greyeyes]