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Gimikwenden Ina - sung by 2018 VanMan Male Choral Summit massed choirs




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Published on Mar 21, 2019

Gimikwenden Ina is a song from Corey Payette’s musical Children of God​ and was arranged especially for Chor Leoni. We were thrilled to feature it as the finale of our 2018 VanMan Male Choral Summit and welcome Corey as soloist. The massed choirs of VanMan are conducted by Erick Lichte, Artistic Director of Chor Leoni.

Soloist: Corey Payette
Guitar: Keith Sinclair
Drummers: Corey Payette, Rod Locke, Michael Soderling

Text & Translation:
Gimikwenden ina Do you remember?
Aaniin ezhinikaazoyan What you are called?
Anndi wenjibaayan Where you are from?
Gimikwenden ina Do you remember?

Gimikwenden ina Do you remember?
Nindedeyag nimaamaayag Our fathers and mothers?
Nimiseyag nisayeyah Our sisters and brothers? Do you hear them calling you?

In this musical, Tommy and Julia, the children of an Oji-Cree family, are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. As the school tries to “take the Indian out of the child,” Tommy struggles not to forget his language, his family, his culture. This song is written in the Ojibwe language. The Ojibwe are part of the Anishinaabeg group of indigenous peoples, the 2nd largest in North America. Territories extend from Quebec around the Great Lakes into the US and to Manitoba. Ojibwe people speak Anishinaabemowin language, which is still widely spoken today, but is in decline.

Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario and works as a playwright, actor, composer, and director across Canada. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink (Vancouver), and wrote the book/music/lyrics and directed Children of God.


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