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First Speakers: Ojibwe Rapper 'Prayers in a Song'

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Uploaded on Oct 21, 2010

http://www.tpt.org/firstspeakers Rapper Tall Paul (Paul Wenell Jr.) studied ojibwemowin at the University of Minnesota. In this bi-lingual rap he wrote, Prayers in a Song, Tall Paul makes the case for the revitalization of his native tongue. Videotaped on location at the 2010 Spring Leech Lake Pow Wow during the production of First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language.

"Prayers in a Song"
(Translation of Ojibwe Chorus)

Gichi-manido wiidookawishin ji-mashkawiziyaan
Great Spirit help me to be strong

Mii dash bami'idiziyaan
So that I can help myself

Miizhishinaam zaagi'iiwewin
Show us all love

Ganoozh ishinaam, bizindaw ishinaam
talk to us, hear us

Mii-wenji nagamoyaan
That is why I am singing

Nimishomis wiidookawishinaam ji-aabajitooyaang anishinaabe izhitwaawin
Grand father help us to use the indian customs/ways

mii-ji-bi-gikendamaan keyaa anishinaabe bimaadiziwin
so that we'll know how to live the indian way (the good life)

Tall Paul's Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/TallPaul612

Tall Paul is also part of the hip hop duo Point of Contact.

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