Asani – ayîkis (y-dialect, audio)

Thank you to Sherryl Sewepagaham for permission to share this sweet, original composition that she recorded with her group Asani in 2009. The a capella trio includes Sherryl, Sarah Pocklington and Debbie Houle, who first met in the Grant McEwan College Aboriginal Choir. It was fun to transcribe the words in SRO and syllabics following in response to a post on Ramona Washburn’s Facebook Group Cree Language Resources ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ. It was also great to have Sherryl’s help – especially with the flies! 😉

1. niwâpamâw niskîsikos ohciᓂᐚᐸᒫᐤ ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑯᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ I see, with my eye
ayîkis ê-ay-apitᐊᔩᑭᐢ ᐁᐊᕀᐊᐱᐟa frog sitting
2. niwâpamâw niskîsikos ohci ᓂᐚᐸᒫᐤ ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑯᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ I see, with my eye
ayîkis ê-kwâskohtitᐊᔩᑭᐢ ᐁᒁᐢᑯᐦᑎᐟ a frog jumping
3. niwâpamâw niskîsikos ohciᓂᐚᐸᒫᐤ ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑯᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ I see, with my eye
ayîkis ê-môwat ôcêsaᐊᔩᑭᐢ ᐁᒨᐘᐟ ᐆᒉᓴ A frog eating flies
4. niwâpamâw niskîsikos ohciᓂᐚᐸᒫᐤ ᓂᐢᑮᓯᑯᐢ ᐅᐦᒋ I see, with my eye
ayîkis ê-kitotᐊᔩᑭᐢ ᐁᑭᑐᐟA frog croaking

Visit Sherryl’s website sewepagaman.com for her more recent recordings, or listen to more of Asani’s music, available for purchase via iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/listen/id344750659

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/rattle-and-drum/id55441817

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