Campaign Song + Nibi/Water Song

Empty Glass for Water Campaign Song

by John-Paul Chalykoff ©2010

Performed by John-Paul Chalykoff, guitar, harmonica; Sheila Gruner, violin; Dorene Day, voice; James Roach, traditional drums, percussion, eagle whistle; Stephen Lang, keyboards, drum programming, voice. ©2010

Produced by Stephen Lang ©2010

I gave John-Paul semaa (tobacco) and asked him to write a song for the Empty Glass for Water campaign.

When we got him in the studio he laid down the guitar and harmonica tracks.

The other artists, were also given semaa to share their gifts. They came to the studio, listened to John-Paul’s tracks, and after listening once or twice, began to play or sing.

All of the performers put their hearts into the music and were guided by spirit to bring us this powerful song.

Gichi miigwech to them all for generously giving their time and musical gifts to this work, and for all of the good work that they do for our communities.

Play this song anywhere people gather to protect the water.

Empty Glass for Water – Campaign Song

Nibi/Water Song

Brought forth by Mashkoonce Day, Wasaw Wahzhoo Banaise Dodem (Condor Clan)

Performed by Dorene Day, Waubanewquay, Marten Clan ©2010

Produced by Stephen Lang ©2010

This song was written by Dorene Day at the request of her grandson. She attended a conference about the water in which the internationally known speaker, Dr. Masaru Emoto said, the very least we should do every day, is to speak to the water:

Water, we love you.
We thank you.
We respect you.

So she did this. Every day on their drive to drop Mashkoonce (Little Elk) to school, they passed a body of water. And every day they said these words to the water as they drove by. They made games by saying it in different voices and then would say it as fast as they could. Then one day Mashkoonce, said, “Nokomis why can’t we say this in our language?” So, Dorene asked her daughter’s language teacher to write it in Ojibwemowin. Dorene had the words taped to the car visor as they learned the words.

One day her grandson Mashkoonce said, “Nokomis why don’t we sing the words, don’t you think the water would like it to be sung?” So she thought about it and came up with the tune. They sang this song to the water every morning on their drive to school.

It is sung like a lullaby and we don’t use shakers or drums.

Doreen and her grandson, Mashkoonce give permission for everyone to sing this song to the rivers, lakes and oceans… do so everyday! For any other use of the song please seek permission from Dorene Day at  Miigwech.

Ne-be Gee Zah- gay- e- goo
Gee Me-gwetch -wayn ne- me – goo
Gee Zah Wayn ne- me- goo

Performed by Dorene Day, Waubanewquay, Marten clan – Nibi Song

Nibi/Water Song, Dorene Day, copyright in perpetuity

14 Responses to “Campaign Song + Nibi/Water Song”

  1. Nancy Haun says:

    I absolutely love it!

  2. Cathie Syrette says:

    WabanoKwe has a beautiful voice. xo

  3. Good job Sista – see you on the walk:)

  4. abuela Sylvia Mayahuel Lemus Sharma says:

    WabanoKwe, Tlazokamati for the beautiful sweet medicine water song. Blessings of harmony, Ometeotl. from Arizona. Love to you. We will be praying and dancing with you at the Heart of the Water Moon Dance in Minnesota thinking of you and your son praying and all the water walkers.

  5. Wabanokwe, megwetch for the beautiful medicine water song. Blessings from the Sonora Desert in Arizona..singing prayers from my heart to you and your son and all the water walkers.

  6. Miscominong Geesis Quay says:

    Is there a way to download this mp3? Would love to be able to listen on other device besides computer. Chi Miigwetch

  7. jrobertson says:

    Hi Miscominong Geesis Quay, When you click on the play button, the player starts on the same page…. you will see on the bottom right of the track, the word “download”… click it…. and then sing it often. :)

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  12. Elaine says:

    thank you. Very respectful. Your intention that we all sing to our water is the best.

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