Ani Kuni (Ani Couni Chaouani)

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Ani Kuni

Prayer/children’s song, Iroquois/Native American

“Ani Kuni” is a native American prayer that turned into a rhyme for kids or lullaby. Although most First Nations of Canada assimilated the prayer, it is likely that it came from the Iroquois nation. It was sung on a tinge of weeping, sometimes with tears on the cheeks of the dancers, thinking of their condition of dependence.

This Amerindian prayer is comparable to the Christian prayer Our Father (Pater Noster).

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Ani couni chaouani,
Ani couni chaouani;

Awawa bikana caïna,
Awawa bikana caïna;

éiaouni bissinni,
éiaouni bissinni.

Lyrics, English translation

My father, have mercy on me,
because I’m thirsty to death,
everything has disappeared – nothing more to eat

or :

When the evening descended upon the Indian village
The sorcerer appeared into the valley
Touching the ground with his hands.

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“Ani Kuni (Ani couni chaouani)” (instrumental, 1:10 – 4/4 – 95 bpm)

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  1. Rebekah

    Do you have a pronunciation guide for ani cuni?

    1. Singing Bell

      Interesting question, thanks Rebekah. According to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) the title is pronounced “ʌni kuni”, but we’ll consider adding a full phonetic pronunciation. The version we have published follows the French phonemes.

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