An Abenaki Prayer & Poem
An Abenaki Prayer
Kasaiwi Niona Enna Odakozik Chibaio Agaskwikok
With we who visit Ghosts from
Kizos Aalakws Nionakiya Alnobanogan Nionakiya
The Sun Star of Our Birth and in Our
Aw8zsiswogan Enni Taolani Agaskwikok Noesal Niona
Infancy Which is from the Land of
Kizosaltoalakws Taolawisi Maskozisis Taolwisi Nolka Moz
The Rising Star as Long as the Deer and Moose shall run free and the Grass Shall Grow
Sibo Ikok Pon Tekw
And the Rivers Run Swiftly the Abenaki Shall Survive
Wobigid Sanoba Magigwogan
The Whiteman’s Wickedness
Again our Grandfathers Spirits
Amikimek Pmegamek Agakidozik
Have Given us Guidance and Wisdom to
Rise and come together to Dance We have been taught
Kazaldozk Nigawes Spemki Toldal8zi Nosokazik
To Love Mother Earth and to Respect Her
Niona Aho Wobenakiak Kizos Posiwaganogan
We are the Children of the Dawn the People
Wobenakiak Mozmozik Odiozon
Of the East May the Great Spirit and
The Great Creator Bless Us and Smile upon Us
Kinikinik Volcanda Kottliwi Kwahliwi Tapsiwi
By Chief Edwin “Joe” Pero, Coos (Cowasuck-Koasek) Deer Clan
AN ABENAKI POEM
As we stand tall, we hold each other's hand.
We want you to understand who and what we are.
In our body, and soul, we are Abenaki Indians.
As we yell, "we do exist."
Look at us! We are real, inside and out.
Put us on your list. We have been brave.
We cannot look the other way.
We are here to stay. You hear our drums play.
We bring peace from our chief who stands proud on our ground that we share.
We all breath the same air. We drink the same water.
Our ancestors are still here. If you quit, you can hear them cry.
They still want to know why; Can't you accept us?
Open your eyes. We are here and, stand proud.
We are Abenaki
By Jeannine (Bunnell) Smith (c) 2008 Koasek Abenaki Citizen
I gaze into the running brook
And see my father’s face
Both my grandfathers stand behind him,
As all my great-grandfathers do.
I look into the sky
And see my mother’s eyes
With both my grandmothers behind her
As all my great-grandmothers do
By Paul J. Bunnell, UE, Chief