Kitaskinaw: Art Napoleon (Northern y-dialect)

Art and musical friends join the protest at the BC Legislature in support of Wet’suwet’en. Photo thanks to Mike Graeme

Thanks, Art, for letting us share this feel-good song about connection to “Our land” and its beauty. Thanks for providing transcription, too, for those of us who love to sing along. 

kitaskînaw*
wâcistakâc kiyânaw
miywâsin kitaskînaw
kitimâkinaw kikâwînaw
miywâsin ôma kitaskînaw

vocables & instrumental

tâpwê kiyânaw
miywâsin kitaskînaw
nâkatêyim kikâwînaw
nâkatêyihta ôma kitaskînaw**

(* Note that the transcription corrects a couple of minor grammatical errors in the recording). 

(** Art says: “This should properly be an inanimate form: ‘nâkatihta ôma kitaskînaw,’ but I took artistic license to use an animate form here, as we do in many of our prayers”).

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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