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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdYlFIR13PE

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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