Winston Wuttunee: Ninêstosin

Thanks to NCI-FM for permission to use this backstage photo.

At the recent NCI-FM “NCI Jam” Winston Wuttunee performed his classic favourite Ninêstosin along with singers and dancers from Winnipeg’s Aboriginal School of Dance. Clearly from this backstage rehearsal photo, none of them were tired yet!

Click here to play a video performance by Winston with Andrea Menard. Many of Winston’s recordings are also available for download through iTunes.

Ninêstosin (SRO)

ninêstosin, ninêstosin,
kono ê-nohtê-kîwêyân.
ninêstosin.
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
ᓂᓀᐢᑐᓯᐣ,  ᓂᓀᐢᑐᓯᐣ᙮
ᑯᓄ  ᐁ ᓄᐦᑌ ᑮᐍᔮᐣ
ᓂᓀᐢᑐᓯᐣ᙮
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ni-wî-kîwân  kin’s’tohtawin
ni-wî-kîwân kipêtawin
ni-wî-kîwân
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
ᓂ ᐑ ᑮᐚᐣ  ᑭᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᐏᐣ
ᓂ ᐑ ᑮᐚᐣ  ᑭᐯᑕᐏᐣ
ᓂ ᐑ ᑮᐚᐣ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
niwîkiwân nîcimosis
kîhtwâm ta-mêtawânânaw
ta-môcikan kisâstêki
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
ᓂ ᐑ ᑮᐚᐣ  ᓃᒋᒧᓯᐢ
ᑮᐦᐟᑤᒼ   ᑕ ᒣᑕᐚᓈᓇᐤ
ᑕ ᒨᒋᑲᐣ  ᑭᓵᐢᑌᑭ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ninêstosin ni-wî-kîwân
kika-wâpamitin kîhtwâm
kî-kîsi-sâkapakâki
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
      wa hâya hâya hâya ho
ᓂᓀᐢᑐᓯᐣ   ᓂ ᐑ ᑮᐚᐣ
ᑭᑲ ᐚᐸᒥᑎᐣ   ᑮᐦᑤᒼ
ᑮ ᑮᓯ ᓵᑲᐸᑳᑭ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
ᐘ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐋᔭ ᐦᐅ
(Repeat first verse. ) (Repeat first verse. )
English translation:

I am tired, I am tired. I want to go home. I am tired.
I am going home. Do you understand?
I am going home. Do you hear? I am going home.
I am going home, my little sweetheart.
We’ll play again and have fun when the sun is shining.
I am tired, I am going home.
I’ll see you again when the leaves come out.

 

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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