tânisi Song: Brian MacDonald

In this favourite kids’ song by Brian MacDonald, every line is repeated as an echo, except the bridge, which is sung entirely in Cree. It’s fun to place somebody outside the door, and have them knock. Have somebody answer the door to begin acting out the greetings.

Thanks to Wayne Goodspirit for adding an original Brian MacDonald recording to Youtube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPKEjlCQq_U&feature=youtu.be

Another Youtube video follows below: this one may lack some precision in pronunciation, but you can’t beat it for authenticity and enthusiasm. Lots of people like to repeat the verse after the bridge. Thanks to Youtube poster Creecheeze.

Hello! (Hello!)tānisi! (tānisi!)

How are you? (How are you?)

tānisi kiya? (tānisi kiya?)

I am fine. (I am fine.)

namoya nānitaw. (namoya nānitaw.)

Come on in. (Come on in.)

pihtikwē. (pihtikwē.)

Sit down. (Sit down)

api. (api.)

Have some tea. (Have some tea.)

maskihkiwāpoy minihkwē. (maskihkiwāpoy minihkwē.)

  [bridge:]   tāpwē miywāsin ē-pē-kiyokawiyan.   

tānitē ē-kī-tohtēyan?  

mahti ācimo kīkway ē-osihtāyan.                  

mahti ācimostawin.

Hello (Hello)tānisi! (tānisi!)

How are you? (How are you?)

tānisi kiya? (tānisi kiya?)

I am fine. (I am fine.)

namoya nānitaw. (namoya nānitaw.)

Come on in. (Come on in.)

pihtikwē. (pihtikwē.)

Sit down. (Sit down)

api. (api.)

Have some tea. (Have some tea.)

maskihkiwāpoy minihkwē. (maskihkiwāpoy minihkwē.)

Translation of the bridge (not sung):

It’s nice that you’ve come to visit. Where have you been? Please tell me what you’ve been doing. Please tell me a story.

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