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Language Learning Videos
Language is the window to our ancestors worldview. It describes our kindship – our relationship with all life. Many of the subtilities of the languages are getting lost as people are thinking in English. Women of First Light feels it is critical to leave a clear path for future generations. Part of this is recording Wabanaki language speakers. In this list you can hear at least one video from each Wabanaki Nation.
Learn our Wabanaki Languages
Gkisedtanamoogk speaking in Wampanoag
gkisedtanamoogk, is Wampanoag from the Native Community of Mashpee located on cape cod. He is family member of Nkeketonseonqikom, the Longhouse of the Otter, and T8nuppatonseonqikom, the Longhouse of the Turtle; married to Miigam’agan, together with three Children and four Grandchildren. Translation Greetings! See this beautiful day all around us! for this reason, The Source of Life listens to this. this is all good that I see, my Relatives now my Relatives I think of All My Relations, the Great Clans, All Who Are Relations For All Our Relations I offer these feelings from within now as I remember my responsibilities, i continue thinking of our Ancestors and They Who Are Yet Coming, and then the Little Ones my Heart feels this strength, here with the Sky Father, My Brothers, on this day I offer my Thanksgivings for the Sacred for the Great Circle of Life I offer Thanksgivings for Yotanit, the Fire I offer to All Our Relatives now I remember the People of the Beautiful River, and to the River, my Relatives of the Wabanaki Nations here living among the Wolatiwik Peoples, my Relatives and now, my Relatives of the Mi’kmaq and the Mi’kmaq Nation, the Wabanaki and all the People before me I am gkisedtanamoogk, my Relatives, I am of the Otter House and the House of the Turtle I come and live here among the Wabanaki for this reason, I offer Thanksgivings for the privilege to live here with my Family I offer Thanksgivings to KI’E’TAN; KI’E’TAN the Great Source of Life now I remember how good I feel to walk among with All of Life in this Oneness with everything, I offer my Thanksgivings and here the Earth, my Relatives, She is Netimika’oau and here each day, she dwells with 8skitomp, the Sky Father Netimika’oau here, She and the Sky Father, with Every Being and Every Thing between them, makes us All Relatives; we are all connected, living together each day my Heart is very good when I think of the Ancestors as I am walking among All Our Relatives in this Sacred Life the Sacred Circle of Life we are all a part of I offer for this reason, remembering the Ones Who Are Yet Coming and all our Little Ones I offer this for understanding to be together walking this Life I offer to each of our Relatives; we are living Naiyantaqt- Anoqšou for all this Good, I offer Thanksgivings Let it be so! I walk with all this Living let it be so that all my Relatives, the Source of Life, for this reason we are now Relatives the Source of Life gives us all the Knowing and the Giving, living in our Hearts The Source of Life sees us all living, Every-Being, Every-Thing at all times with each day, we walk together for this reason I love You All My Relatives, my Great Relatives I love You all, the Spirit-Woman-Source-Of-All-Life with Sky Father now All My Relatives, the Snowy Owl-Mother gives my Path, Life to me as I walk with You living together, my Helpers guide my Path, we all live together, One Mind with each day now I offer Thanksgivings that my Heart is very glad in this every day I love You All My Relatives; I love You; Every day We Are All Relatives by the Light; every day We Are All Relatives by the Light; every day We Are All Relatives by the Light; every day We Are All Relatives by the Light; Behold we are in the Great Oneness
Jeannie Bartibogue speaking in Mi'kmaq
Translation My name is Spring Water Woman and I'm from Esgenoopetitj. I speak Mi'kmaq always, my family clan speaks Mi'kmaq, I am from Mi'kmaq territory. I ask today to be good, I ask for it to be good because what I speak, I will talk for the generations to come and I bring the passing down of the knowledge for our children and grandchildren and for our next generations. I listen to our elders. The teachings come from the women, when they're speaking together. The good language, how things will be good and what I see. How we birth our children, how we teach our children about life on this good road. We will not constantly have talk to them when we show them how we walk this path. As we see how we teach, so life will be good. They will know just by seeing us, picking berries for instance, when taking and showing them how we pick food and how we take care of food, and how we pray. We also pray for our animals in how we hunt and offer tobacco. If we ask we offer tobacco. We learn from our elders and not waste the food, otherwise we will lose it. We will have to take care of the water and the fish and anything else we use on earth. And to learn what we need to respect, and if we don't, our children will suffer. But what I see when we pray, the spirits listen to us and when we learn how to listen, things will fall into place. Our children and grandchildren will learn when we teach them. I pray for the sunrise and what the future will hold. We have to work together to make things happen. I think of my lobster clan and how we see our children need help. This was passed down by my mother and today I help people and I know they want a good life. The time to go back to the land is how we help them and I see the many teachings changing to help. Our children and our grandchildren will learn by watching. Like the moose that we hunt, we need to use all of it, we have to look at how we fish and pray to the water. Honor our use of teachings, take care of everything we use so we don't lose anything for the sake of our children. Using our ways so we have a good life and what we ask and think and put in our hearts that are good that it will fall into place. Gatherings that when we bring our children to show the good teachings and praying our sunrise, we need to stand and work together and this will be good for our children, our relations. Like my lobster clan, we work together and watch our children that need to be helped. My mother always helped people and taught us looking at ones life we can help and bring them back to the land so that they will get the help they need. A lot of teachings, a lot of help is out there for everyone. We need to look at the road ahead of us so they will have a better life, that is what I was tought by my mother. All my relations.
Marylyn teaching about hunting in Mi'Kmaq
Translation in link below. https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTAgrhGJlFc7kbl4XTVTWa6cnpey8FQRIpz5KTB6UBO6FiQzYaIC5Z2cW2Q7Bc_RzWvCPivlHzLQUOe/pub Marilyn is describing the process of tanning in Mi'kmaq and what different parts of the moose were used for including mosquito repellant. She also shares the Creation story
Albert Marshall shares traditional teachings
Albert Marshall, a well respected elder from Eskasoni shares traditional teachings. Albert was the one who developed the two-eyed seeing program to encourage Indigenous youth to keep their traditional teachings while also gaining western knowledge at Universities. Mik'maq message at 00:01-14:23 English message at 14:24 - 34:34
Translation: Maggie Introduces her self. I’m happy that Migmahan asked me to talk about how important it is to hear and speak our language. And how we live, it gotta be. Cause when you talk the language, you feel it in your heart, you feel it in your soul and you feel it in your body. It’s the language. We gotta save the language for the children that are not yet born yet, the ones that are coming, and these ones that are outside here, and they’re so happy that this gathering is happening out here at Ephik. Alma and I used to talk around the table. We would say that we had to do something because the children around here weren't doing anything. They weren't doing no drumming, no singing. We gotta teach them we would say. We gotta teach them the language, and we have to teach them how we used to live in the olden days. What they’re doing out there, they’re preparing the leather. So we can make our clothes, and we can make out moccasins. The animal gave up its life, so we can have its meat to eat, it’s skin to clothes ourselves. We have to use up the whole animal, it gave up its life for that reason. We are so happy when we see one another again, we eat together, we laugh together, we talk together. All of the learning that we people have, we use it too. We use their wiring and their books. We use it to teach the children, it’s important to use the tools we have today. We need to use all the good stuff in everything people have given to each other, education and technology and leave the other stuff that comes with it alone. Dianna Francis had a dream, my sister Dee. She had a dream that in 75 years' time the people will still be speaking our language. All the recordings that Gop is doing will always be there for the children to use, as long as there are records there will be language here for them to have. We gotta keep this, is that’s all we gotta do to save it, then we gotta save it. It’s fun for him, and it’s fun for me. So I get to talk about the stories. I can feel behind that camera, he is feeling the same way because he loves to do it. Because he loves the language, and he loves the stories, and you know he loves what he is doing.
Esther Ward Wabanaki Language Project
Esther Ward speaking in Mi'Kmaq Translation: I want to speak about our people and about the teachings of our old ways. Knowing how our ancestors lived... By using prayers like how they use to back in the day... That's how it was in the beginning before ... Our ancestors prayed for us and gave offering for the food we eat and for our hunting and gathering. Because of this, we need to honor them... Because they lived their life for us... maintained resources for us. berries... medicines... trees, and waters... The creator and our mother earth provide for us... We can give back to them by offering tobacco... Singing our songs to them... To know that what was given to us today, so we won't disrespect it... So we won't disrespect our ancestors and how they lived and the way they lived. We can honor them... thus we can turn and change our lives to respect and honor these animals and food. The creator, mother earth hears us as we sing and speak to them... How we learn is to use our way of life as our people did things back in the days... So the generation will follow and honor our ways as they see it and hear it... We can help our young ones and the old ones if they heard all of this and bring it back ... Bring it back to their hearts in songs and tobacco offer... so our ancestors can continue taking care of us with their ways and they will continue honoring us if we continue honoring them. All my relations.
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