Cree Sunrise Song

Facelifted from Tansi! Nehiyawetan:

“We found this on the double-u-double-u-double-u-dot-youtubes (as our dear Elder used to say). It is a beautiful song we think Art Napoleon is singing.”

In the Youtube comments, you will find two versions of the words, and a note from Art’s niece claiming her uncle’s singing with pride. For the Cree Literacy Network, I’ve transcribed Art’s words in SRO (and hope somebody will point out any errors so I can fix them!)

waniskâ! pêtâpan ôma
âsay piyêsîsak kî-nikamowak
ê-miyonâkwan kitaskînaw

Wake up! The sun is coming.
The birds are already singing
How beautiful this land of ours is.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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6 Responses to Cree Sunrise Song

  1. Kevin Lewis says:

    Here is another couple versions of this song:

    *waniskâ! (wake up!)
    pêtâpan ôma
 (Sun rays are showing)
    âsay piyêsîsak nikamowak
 (The Birds are already singing)
    pê-miyotâkwan kitaskinaw (Our land is sounding beautiful)

    **waniskâ! (wake up!)
    pêwâpan ôma
 (Its early morning/daylight)
    âsay piyêsîsak nikamowak
 (The Birds are already singing)
    pê-miyonâkwan kitaskinaw (Our land is looking beautiful)

    *from a student (Blue Quills First Nations College Cree Language Program -3 yr B.A. 2011)
    **from from Elder (Ministikwan Lake First Nation, SK 2000)

    • Arden Ogg says:

      miywâsin! Thank you, Kevin Lewis! Is this the same song I remember you singing at CILLDI with your beautiful little daughter Sierra several years ago?

    • Lesley says:

      There’s changes in this song I was told my late uncle made this song I remember hearing him sing this song when we were kids but correct me if I’m wrong

  2. dawna says:

    Hello I was wondering who sings the original of this song, wake up the birds are singing it was sang in Cree

  3. Miriam McNab says:

    Way back in the ’70s, Winston Wuttunee and Janet Deiter recorded it, Dawna. Perhaps that’s what you’re thinking of.

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