Niibaa' Anami'egiizhigad (Merry Christmas)


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Via:  kavika  •  3 weeks ago  •  17 comments

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Niibaa' Anami'egiizhigad (Merry Christmas)
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  " Niibaa' anami'egiizhigad (Merry Christmas) 

'Twas the Night Before Ojibwe Christmas

'Twas the night before Niibaa-anama'egiizhigad, when all through the wiigiwaam
Not an awakaan was stirring, not even a waawaabiganoojiinh;
The moccasins were hung by the smoke hole with care,
In hopes that Miigiwe Miskwaa Gichi Inini soon would be there;
The abinoojiinhyag were nestled all snug in their nibaaganan,
While visions of ziinzibaakwad danced in their nishttigwaan;
And nimaama in her moshwens, and I in my makadewindibe,
Had just settled down for a long biiboon zhiibaangwashi,
When outside the wiigiwaam there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the nibaagan to see what was the matter.
Away to the waasechigan I flew like inaabiwin,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the gibiiga'iganiigin. The dibik-giizis on the breast of onaaband
Gave a shine like duct tape to objects zazagaamagad,
When, what to my wondering nishkiizhigoon should appear,
But a miniature toboggan, and eight tiny waawaaskeshi,
With a little old driver, so lively and wajepii,
I knew in a moment it must be Miigiwe Miskwaa Gichi Inini.
More rapid than migiziwag his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and biibaagi, and izhi-wiinde by name;
"Now, Bimibatoo! now, Niimi! now, Babaamishimo and Moozhikwe!
On, Anang! on Zaagi! on, Animikii and Wawaasese!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wiigiwaam!
Now Bimibide! Ipide! Ombibidemagad!"
As dry leaves that before the wiindigoo fly,
When they meet with BIA, mount to the sky,
So up to the apakwaan the coursers they flew,
With the tobaggon full of toys, and Miigiwe Miskwaa Gichi Inini too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the apakwaan
The prancing and pawing of each little inzid.
As I drew in my iniji, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Miigiwe Miskwaa Gichi Inini came with a bound.
He was dressed all in gipagawe, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with bingwiand and soot;
A bundle of toys he mangiwane on his back,
And he looked like a adaawewinini just opening his pack.
His ishkiinzigoon -- how they twinkled! his inowan how merry!
His miskwanowan were like roses, his nose like a choke-cherry!
His droll little indoon was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as gichimookamaan;
The stump of a opwaagan he held tight in his wiibidaakaajiganan ,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a miskwaanzigan;
He was full up on frybread with little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a wiigwaasinaagan of jelly.
He was chubby and wiinin, a right jolly old elf,
And I giimoodaapi when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his ishkiinzigoon and a twist of his mangindibe,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to gotaaji;
He ojibwemo not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the moccasins; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his ibinaakwaanininj aside of his nose,
And wewebikweni, up the smoke hole he rose;
He sprang to his toboggan, to his waawaaskeshi gave a whistle,
And away they all onjinizhimo like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him biibaagi, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Niibaa-anama'egiizhigad to all,
And to all baamaapii."


Waanikiwin (Peace)


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1  seeder  Kavika     3 weeks ago

In some tribes, Santa Claus is named ''Handsome Fellow''

Merry Christmas to all.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Kavika @1    3 weeks ago

That was beautiful. Thanks for the video and the lovely version of Silent Night. 

Btw... ''Handsome Fellow'' for Santa. I guess those tribes like meat on their men. 

1.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Kavika @1    3 weeks ago

Ooutstanding post Kavika!

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo a todo la jente! Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all!

1.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.2    3 weeks ago

Gracias Doc, y Feliz Navidad para ti y los tuyos.

Raven Wing
2  Raven Wing    3 weeks ago

Oh that is absolutely wonderful, Kavika. 

3  Gsquared    3 weeks ago

This is so great!  Thanks for posting it.

Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
4  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

This is a perfect contribution for Christmas eve.  Thanks, Kav.

Bob Nelson
5  Bob Nelson    3 weeks ago

K has been tripping on the Jabberwocky...

The result is wonderful!

6  shona1    3 weeks ago

Evening.. One of the loveliest renditions of Silent Night I have ever heard...

Christmas Day is fast drawing to a close here..It is a lovely evening, calm, clear and peaceful. Even ran into a little Ring Tailed Possum last night in the gumtree out the front. That was a nice Christmas Eve surprise..

Enjoy the day over there and hope you are with family and friends...Merry Christmas.

8  devangelical    3 weeks ago

merry xmas to all my friends here on NT.

Raven Wing
8.1  Raven Wing  replied to  devangelical @8    3 weeks ago

Thank you dev, and the same for you and yours. jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

9  seeder  Kavika     3 weeks ago

For those of you that live where snow falls, this is for you when you're out playing in the snow today.


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