Cree Sunrise Song

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
ê-miyonâkwan kitaskînaw

Wake up! The sun is coming.
The birds are already singing
How beautiful this land of ours is.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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