Buffy Sainte-Marie: We Are Circling

Here’s Sol’s translation of yet another Buffy Sainte-Marie song. With no karaoke track available, Sol has provided his reading of the chorus – and of the verses, separately – that may need a little fine-tuning for singing ease. A YouTube link to Buffy’s original recording is also included to enjoy!

Chorus:

Verses:

Cree translation: Solomon Ratt (y-dialect) We are Circling: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Chorus:
kiwâskâpayinaw
kimâmawi-wâskâpayinaw
kinikamonaw
kitêhinaw nikamon
wâhkôhtowin ôma
wîcêhtowin ôma
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
Chorus
ᑭᑕᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᐊᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᐅᐢᑲᐚᓯᓴᐠ, ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ, ᑲᑫᐹᑎᓴᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᐅᑮᐢᑯᐘᐠ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᔭᕽ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ ᑮᑿᐩ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
Chorus:
We are circling
circling together
We are singing
singing our heart song
This is family
this is unity
This is celebration
This is sacred
kitihtipipayinaw
kimâmawi-tihtipipayinaw
wayawî, pîhtokwê
wiyawinikêwin
kihcihtwâwin
okâwîmâw askiy
nôkonâwasowin
okâwîmâw pikwac-âyihk
kihtêyihtâkwan
ᑭᑎᐦᑎᐱᐸᔨᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᑎᐦᑎᐱᐸᔨᓇᐤ
ᐘᔭᐑ, ᐲᐦᑐᑵ
ᐏᔭᐏᓂᑫᐏᐣ
ᑭᐦᒋᐦᑤᐏᐣ
ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ ᐊᐢᑭᐩ
ᓅᑯᓈᐘᓱᐏᐣ
ᐅᑳᐑᒫᐤ ᐱᑿᒑᔨᕽ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ
We are spiraling
Spiraling together
Onward, inward
Creature to creation
Holy mystery
Mother Earth
Childbirth
This is Mother Nature
This is sacred
Chorus:
kiwâskâpayinaw
kimâmawi-wâskâpayinaw
kinikamonaw
kitêhinaw nikamon
wâhkôhtowin ôma
wîcêhtowin ôma
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
Chorus
ᑭᑕᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᐊᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᐅᐢᑲᐚᓯᓴᐠ, ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ, ᑲᑫᐹᑎᓴᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᐅᑮᐢᑯᐘᐠ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᔭᕽ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ ᑮᑿᐩ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
Chorus:
We are circling
circling together
We are singing
singing our heart song
This is family
this is unity
This is celebration
This is sacred
kikînikwânipayinaw
kimâmawi-kînikwânipayinaw
kinikamonaw
pâsci-pîsimoyâpîhk
miyo-wîcêhtowin ôma
ihtâwin ôma
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
ᑭᑮᓂᒁᓂᐸᔨᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᑮᓂᒁᓂᐸᔨᓇᐤ
ᑭᓂᑲᒧᓇᐤ
ᐹᐢᒋ ᐲᓯᒧᔮᐲᕽ
ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᐃᐦᑖᐏᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
We are spinning, aah
Spinning all together
We are singing
Over the rainbow
This is harmony
This is community
This is celebration
This is sacred
Chorus:
kiwâskâpayinaw
kimâmawi-wâskâpayinaw
kinikamonaw
kitêhinaw nikamon
wâhkôhtowin ôma
wîcêhtowin ôma
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
Chorus
ᑭᑕᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᐊᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᐅᐢᑲᐚᓯᓴᐠ, ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ, ᑲᑫᐹᑎᓴᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᐅᑮᐢᑯᐘᐠ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᔭᕽ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ ᑮᑿᐩ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
Chorus:
We are circling
circling together
We are singing
singing our heart song
This is family
this is unity
This is celebration
This is sacred
kitatisonaw
kimâmawi-atisonaw
oskawâsisak, kêhtê-ayak,
kakêpâtisak, êkwa okîsikowak
êkosi ôma kâ-isi-ohpikiyahk
êkosi ôma kâ-isi-kiskêyihtamahk kîkway
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
ᑭᑕᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᐊᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᐅᐢᑲᐚᓯᓴᐠ, ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ,
ᑲᑫᐹᑎᓴᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᐅᑮᓯᑯᐘᐠ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᔭᕽ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ ᑮᑿᐩ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
We are ripening
Ripening together
Babies, Elders,
bozos and angels
This is how we grow
This is how we get to know
This is celebration
This is sacred
Chorus:
kiwâskâpayinaw
kimâmawi-wâskâpayinaw
kinikamonaw
kitêhinaw nikamon
wâhkôhtowin ôma
wîcêhtowin ôma
miyawâtikwan ôma
kihtêyihtâkwan ôma
Chorus
ᑭᑕᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᑭᒫᒪᐏ ᐊᑎᓱᓇᐤ
ᐅᐢᑲᐚᓯᓴᐠ, ᑫᐦᑌ ᐊᔭᐠ, ᑲᑫᐹᑎᓴᐠ, ᐁᑿ ᐅᑮᐢᑯᐘᐠ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᐅᐦᐱᑭᔭᕽ
ᐁᑯᓯ ᐆᒪ ᑳ ᐃᓯ ᑭᐢᑫᔨᐦᑕᒪᕽ ᑮᑿᐩ
ᒥᔭᐚᑎᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
ᑭᐦᑌᔨᐦᑖᑿᐣ ᐆᒪ
Chorus:
We are circling
circling together
We are singing
singing our heart song
This is family
this is unity
This is celebration
This is sacred

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