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Anishinaabe Spirit Bear Song

April 13, 2020

Treaty 2 Territory – During the COVID-19 pandemic, we spend a lot of time with family. This is a great opportunity for us to return to our original teachings we’ve always had, prior to contact. We are able to teach our children and grandchildren about the way our people used to live off the land and water, dance and conduct ceremonies, hunt and gather food/medicines. Here is a song you could learn and teach to your children/grandchildren. The Anishinaabe Spirit Bear Song has been passed on to our people for generations and is commonly used in gathering and ceremonies such as the Sundance or Sweat Lodge. Embrace your culture during this difficult time, sing our songs, and stay safe! Miigwetch!

 

Anishinaabe Spirit Bear Song

Way ah yah ho, way ah yah ho, yah way – o hey yo   

Way ah yah ho, way ah yah ho, yah way – o hey yo   

Yah way oh hey yah, yah way oh hey yah

Yah way oh hey yah, yah way oh hey yah

 

Manidoo Mukwa (Spirit Bear)

Gaabinaa goozit (Coming this way)

Manidoo Mukwa (Spirit Bear)

Bi – zhaawe ni – mishinam (To love us)

(Repeat 4 times)

Last modified: April 14, 2020

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