Sing The Algonquin Water Song


Photo courtesy Within Us Productions

The Water Song Project engages women around the world to become keepers of the water in spirit and action.

It starts with an Algonquin Water Song that expresses loving gratitude for the water and raises the consciousness and connection of women with Mother Nature’s greatest gift. The song is easy to learn, and our vision is that millions of women will sing it, raising their own connection and awareness of the water they interact with daily even in the shower or at the sink. We believe this is a powerful step to change, leading to both a spiritual as well as environmental shift on our planet.

Our water is under siege from pollution, climate change, mismanagement, and corporate environmental disaster. Without clean water, we cannot live. In Native American and many other indigenous cultures, women are the Keepers of the Water, and men are the Keepers of Fire. In recent months, many brave women who are Water Protectors have captured the attention of the world whether at Standing Rock, attempting to stop the pipelines, or Flint, Michigan, demanding clean water for their children, or ever increasing battlegrounds of environmental disaster.

The Elders have understood since the beginning of time that clean water is essential for the survival of all living beings, and they continue to fight and advocate for Mother Earth’s most precious resource. Now, they are asking women to join them for one minute a day to sing to the water. It is incumbent for all of us, especially the women, to help them raise awareness and protect the water for future generations.

There are many women’s water songs from many different cultures, and they all have deep meaning and beauty.

The Water Song in this video has a lyric that is easy to learn and does not take a long time to sing. At the 2002 Circle of All Nations Gathering, at Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Ottawa, Canada, Grandfather William Commanda asked Irene Wawatie Jerome, an Anshinabe/Cree whose family are the Keepers of the Wampum Belt to write a song that women attending the gathering would learn and spread it throughout the world. Grandmother Louise Wawatie taught the Water Song to Grandmother Nancy Andry so she could begin her mission of spreading this powerful practice.

Recently, in 2017, although Grandfather William and Grandmother Louise have crossed over, Grandmother Nancy met with the Elders again in Canada, and they were unified in agreement that a video of the song should be made to hasten the teaching and widen the circle of women singing it because of the increasingly grave dangers our waters are facing.

The Wawatie and Commanda families gave permission to record the song on this video.

Algonquin Water Song Phonetic Lyrics

Sing four times, each time facing one of the four directions in this order: East, South, West, North.

Nee bee wah bow

En die en

Aah key mis kquee

Nee bee wah bow

Hey ya hey ya hey ya hey

Hey ya hey ya hey ya ho

“We sing this song like a lullaby. The song means  the water is the life’s blood of our mother the earth. Water is the life’s blood of our own bodies”  — Grandma Nancy

If you share the water song or upload yourself singing it use the hashtag #singthewatersong

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