Friday, January 07, 2011

Ayo Ihtsipaitapiyoop - Dear Creator

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(Blackfeet Language - audio below)

Aatsimoihkaan

Ayo Ihtsipaitapiyoop
(Dear Creator)

Ispoommookinnan anohk ksistskio
(Help us this day)

Nitahkayistsisinnan, nitahkayiikakimahsinnan,
(to listen, to try hard)

Nitahkaikimmotsiisinnan ki nitahkawatoyiitaksinnan.
(to be kind to one another and to be spiritual)

Ay ispoommoos nitsitapiiminnaniksi; ninnaniksi,
(Help our relatives; our fathers,)

niksistsinnaniksi ki naahsinnaniksi.
(our mothers and our grandparents.)

Ispoommookinnan nitahkaitapaiksikkysinnan
(Help us to walk toward)

Ikkinapi, iitamapi ki kanaisookapi,
(gentleness, happiness and all that is good)

Ayo nitahkaitsiyikskatosinnan
(to avoid)

Saaipoomapi.
(Bad things.)

Tahkastitaam-atsikaa-sinnaan manatsiwa.
(Let us walk on the new green grass.)

Ai.


(don't look at the fuzzy picture, follow along with the prayer above)


Vocals/Prayer by Megan Lunak    Music by Charles Littleleaf

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6 comments:

Cherie said...

Beautiful Post.

Linda G. said...

That's lovely. :)

Ron Scheer said...

Another beautiful language on earth. I once listened to native Hawaiian with the same sense of wonder.

Came across a western novel with Chinook recently and thought of that, too.

Elisabeth Black said...

That is beautiful.

ArkansasCyndi said...

Beautiful language. So glad you included the audio.

Scooter Carlyle said...

Beautiful and timely.