Chamakese & Gladue – Honour Our Women (video, y-dialect)

Thanks to Jason Chamakese for permission to post this song in Cree, honouring women. Jason is playing the flute, while Robert Gladue sings and drums. (I first found the song when Sylvia Mcadam Saysewahum shared it on Facebook).

They describe the song on Youtube:

A song that reminds us to honour, respect and love our women. Without their strength and nurturing spirit, there is no life. Sung in the Plains Cree language, the composition of this song is credited to the late Simon Kytwayhat of the Loon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada.

nanaskomâtân iskwêw         ᓇᓇᐢᑯᒫᑖᐣ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ
(Let us thank the woman)

ê-kisêwâtisit okâwîmâw        ᐁᑭᓭᐚᑎᓯᐟ ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ
(Our mother is compassionate)

ê-sawêyihtâkosit          ᐁᓴᐍᔨᐦᑖᑯᓯᐟ
(She is blessed)

pimâtisiwin ê-ohpikihtamâkoyahk  ᐱᒫᑎᓯᐏᐣ ᐁᐅᐦᐱᑭᐦᑕᒫᑯᔭᕽ
(She nurtures and raises life for us)




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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