This Land is Your Land: Laura Burnouf (audio, y-dialect)

Laura Burnouf enjoys using music to help teach Cree.

Thanks to Minnie McKenzie for sending me this recording, and to Laura Burnouf for letting me share it here. “This Land is Your Land” was written and originally recorded by Woody Guthrie using lots of American place names. In the 1960s, it was recorded by a Canadian folk group called The Travellers who rewrote it using Canadian places and imagery (making it popular from Bona Vista to Vancouver Island in the process). This Cree version includes fewer specifics than either English version. By focusing on more basic vocabulary Laura has made it into a great singalong teaching tool. 

kiya kitaskiy – This Land Is Your Land

Chorus:

kiya kitaskiy, niya nitaskiy
kīwētinohk ohci, sāwanohk isko(hk)
kiya kitaskiy, niya nitaskiy
kiyānaw ōma kitaskīnaw

ē-pimohtēyān niwāpahtēn
misiwē ispimihk, mīskanāhk ohci
nīhci ē-itāpiyān, wāsēkamāw
kiyānaw ōma kitaskīnaw

kiya kitaskiy niya nitaskiy
kīwētinohk ohci, sāwanohk isko(hk)
kiya kitaskiy niya nitaskiy
kiyānaw ōma kitaskīnaw

pīsim ē-cahkāsot, ē-pimohtēyān
kīsik ēkwa askiy wēpāstanwa
pīsim ispimihk, ninikamon
kiyānaw ōma kitaskīnaw

 

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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