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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)