Indigenous Vibes: Andrea Custer

A gentle Sunday reminder, thanks to Andrea Custer, of Indigenous Vibes that help carry us every day of the week. Most of these forms are identical in the y- and th-dialects. The links provided for each word are taken directly from the itwêwina online dictionary, where we find each word in y-dialect. The dictionary itself provides audio for four of the five – some with reading by several elders.

manâcihitowinᒪᓈᒋᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ mutual respect(y- and th-dialects)
tâpowakîthihtamowinᑖᐳᐘᑮᖨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣ positive outlook(th-dialects)
tâpwêwakêyihtamowinᑖᐻᐘᑫᔨᐦᑕᒧᐏᐣpositive outlook(y-dialect)
nanâskomowinᓇᓈᐢᑯᒧᐏᐣ gratitude(y- and th-dialects)
sâkihitowinᓵᑭᐦᐃᑐᐏᐣ love(y- and th-dialects)
kisêwâtisiwinᑭᓰᐚᑎᓯᐏᐣ kindness, compassion(y- and th-dialects)

Find more of Andrea’s work at her website,, or check out her new Podcast series (with Charlotte Ross) at

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