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Mi'kmaq Kepmite’tmnej, Mi’kmaw Honour Song [Video]

© George Paul, Metepenagiag First Nation

Kepmite’tmnej ta’n teli l’nuwulti’kw
Nikma’jtut mawita’nej
Kepmite’tmnej ta’n wettapeksulti’k
Nikma’jtut apoqnmatultinej
Apoqnmatultinej ta’n Kisu’lkw teli ika’luksi’kw
Wla wskitqamu eya eya

Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya
Wey u we he haiya,
Wey u we he haiya, Weu we he haiya

Ta Ho!

Kepmite’tmnej, Mi’kmaw Honour Song, was received in the sweatlodge by George Paul in the 1980s. A singer-songwriter from the Metepenagiag First Nation (Red Bank), New Brunswick, George has been involved with the Traditional Movement in reviving Mi’kmaw songs, chants, and ceremonies for over thirty years. This song features a combination of meaningful text in Mi’kmaq and vocables.

Mi’kmaw Honour Song, 1990. Dancing Eagles. FT-95. Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.

Dancing Eagles Drum Group

Dancing Eagles Drum Group, which later became Free Spirit, performed the Mi’kmaw Honour Song at the Membertou First Nation Micmac-Scottish Concert held on July 1, 1990. The drummers were Sulian Herney, his son Autwen Herney, Roy Herney, Charlie Poulette, Vaughn Doucette, and Henry Augustine (Elsipogtog, New Brunswick) of the Birch Creek Singers. The drum used in this performance has a special significance: it belonged to Edward Kabatay, an elder from the Membertou First Nation.

Kepmite’tmnej, Mi’kmaw Honour Song [Video]


Let us greatly respect our nativeness
My people let us gather
Let us greatly respect our aboriginal roots
My people let us help one and other
Let us help one and other according to the Creator’s
intention for putting us on this planet.