by Doreen Day
Everyone is invited to sing the Nibi Song.
"Two Anishinawbe Grandmothers, and a group of Anishinawbe Women and Men have taken action regarding the water issue
by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes.
The story of the Nibi (Water) Song told by Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, Migizi Clan.
This song was written by Doreen 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:
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. Doreen had the words taped to the car visor as they
learned the words.
One day this 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
It is sung like a lullaby and we don’t use shakers or drums.
Doreen and her grandson, Mashkoonce, give permission for everyone to share this song… sing it to the water every day."
Listen to the song at http://www.motherearthwaterwalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/02-Nibi-Song.mp3