Songs to the Six Powers

by Nicholas Breeze Wood

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The songs on this recording are all sung in the Lakota (Sioux) language. They are ceremonial songs used by the people during times of prayer rather than as songs for every day or social occasions.

I have been fortunate over a period of several years to have had the opportunity to learn these songs from singers and offer them on this recording so that you may have the chance to learn them too.

Please respect these songs, don't sing them in non-ceremonial settings, there are many native songs which can be sung on such occasions already available.

I thank the people who have given permission for these songs to be used.

All the songs are sung four times as an aid to learning them and in honour of the Sacred Four Powers

I have attempted to translate these songs to the best of my ability. My knowledge of Lakota is not great, and if I have made mistakes, I am sorry, and would be delighted to receive corrections for future editions of these notes. Some of the songs I have amended, as the versions I heard made no sense to me but sounded similar to the words I have put on this tape. This is always the trouble when singers are singing in a language that is not their own. The songs I have leant from native Lakota people can be more generally considered to be correct, and I have not attempted to alter these. The written form of Lakota that I have used in these notes is not always the standard written form of spelling. Partially this is to aid the reader, and partially it is because I do not always know the standard Lakota.

For all my relations,
Nicholas Breeze Wood.

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released March 29, 2000

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Track Name: Songs to the Six Powers
[1] Song to Great Mystery
Wakan Tanka, Wakan Tanka,
Wakan Tanka, Wakan Tanka,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[2] Song to Mother Earth
Ina Maka, Ina Maka,
Ina Maka, Ina Maka,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[3] Song to the South Power
Itokaga Ouye, Itokaga Ouye,
Itokaga Ouye, Itokaga Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[4] Song to the West Power
Wiyopeyata Ouye, Wiyopeyata Ouye,
Wiyopeyata Ouye, Wiyopeyata Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[5] Song to the North Power
Waziya Ouye, Waziya Ouye,
Waziya Ouye, Waziya Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[6] Song to the East Power
Wiyoheyapa Ouye, Wiyoheyapa Ouye,
Wiyoheyapa Ouye, Wiyoheyapa Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[7] Song to the Four winds
Tar tey to ver Ouye, Tar tey to ver Ouye,
Tar tey to ver Ouye, Tar tey to ver Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

[8] Song to the Six Powers
Shar Pey Ouye, Shar Pey Ouye,
Shar Pey Ouye, Shar Pey Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.
Track Name: The Sacred Nation Must Live
The Sacred Nation must live.
Lay yuah chey wa ceyelo Canupa kei
Lay yuah chey wa ceyelo
Oyate ke Zanipikta
Oye wayelo

With this sacred pipe I go to the centre of the earth to prey. I pray for the whole of creation, that all creatures shall live in good health, and that the whole of creation be blessed.

Taught by Mark Buijs who learned it from Archie Fire Lame Deer. Translated by Mark Buijs and Nicholas Breeze Wood.
Track Name: This Pipe Is Sacred
This pipe is sacred
Wan yan kiye, Wan yan kiye,
Wan yan kiye, Canupa kile
Wakan yelo, Wan yan kiye,

Wan yan kiye, Wan yan kiye,
Wan yan kiye, Canupa kile
Wakan yelo,Wan yan kiye,

Wan yan kiye, Wan yan kiye,
Wan yan kiye, Canupa kile
Wakan yelo,Wan yan kiye,

Wan yan kiye, Wan yan kiye,
Wan yan kiye, Oyan ke kile
Wakan yelo, Wan yan kiye,

This pipe which I carry
Is sacred Watch out!

This pipe which I carry
Is sacred Watch out!

This pipe which I carry
Is sacred Watch out!

This place where I am standing
Is sacred Watch out!

Taught by Mark Buijs who learned it from Archie Fire Lame Deer. Translated by Mark Buijs and Nicholas Breeze Wood.
Track Name: Vision Quest Song
Wakan Tanka, Tukashshila
Cheywo keyalo
Hi yai yai yai
Ochimala oyate wani wachincha
Cheywo keyalo
Hi yai yai yai

Great Mystery, Grandfather
I am praying now
Hi yai yai yai
Have pity on me I want to live
I am praying now
Hi yai yai yai

Ina Maka ochimala
Cheywo keyalo
Hi yai yai yai
Ochimala oyate wani wachincha
Cheywo keyalo
Hi yai yai yai

Mother Earth, have pity on me
I am praying now
Hi yai yai yai
Have pity on me I want to live
I am praying now
Hi yai yai yai

Itokaga ochimala
South Power, have pity on me

Wiyopeyata ochimala
West Power, have pity on me

Waziya ochimala
North Power, have pity on me

Wiyoheyapa ochimala
East Power, have pity on me

Taken from 'the Deer Tribe Songbook'. Translated & amended by Nicholas Breeze Wood.
Track Name: Buffalo Honouring Song
Tatanka wa maniyey
Atey heyelo, Atey heyelo
Mako cewan waste ci cupica
Yanipey Ktelo
Ate heyelo, Ate heyelo

Tatanka wa maniyey
Atey heyelo, Atey heyelo
Canupa waci cu pica
Yanipey Ktelo
Ate heyelo, Ate heyelo

Look up and look down,
The Buffalo nation goes on.
Your Grandfather has said
'I give you this beautiful Earth
Upon which you shall live and flourish,
You should respect Her'.
This is what your Grandfather has said
This is what your Grandfather has said

Look up and look down,
The Buffalo nation goes on.
Your Grandfather has said
'I give you this sacred pipe
With Her you shall travel to
The centre of the Earth
And every thing you ask for
Shall be given to you'.
This is what your Grandfather has said
This is what your Grandfather has said

Taught by Mark Buijs who learned it from Archie Fire Lame Deer. Translated by Mark Buijs and Nicholas Breeze Wood.

(Traditionally the lines that end in 'elo' should be sung ending in 'lei' by all women singers).
Track Name: Songs to the Animals
Song to the Coyote
Ma shle-cha Ouye, Ma shle-cha Ouye,
Ma shle-cha Ouye, Ma shle-cha Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the Bear
Mato Ouye, Mato Ouye,
Mato Ouye, Mato Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the Buffalo
Tatanka Ouye, Tatanka Ouye,
Tatanka Ouye, Tatanka Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the Eagle
Wamble Ouye, Wamble Ouye,
Wamble Ouye, Wamble Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Like the first set of songs these all use the same melody and are very simple. Taught by Ed McGaa Eagle Man.
Track Name: Spotted Eagle Song
Miye toka heya
Maka Wakinyanlo
Wamble gliska wa
Heyayo welo wayan kayo.


I say I was the first one created I fly higher than the whole of creation I am the spotted Eagle. I am the messenger of your Grandfather the Greatspirit. The spotted Eagle comes in that way, The spotted Eagle will speak when he comes.

Taught and translated by Mark Buijs who learned it from Archie Fire Lame Deer.
Track Name: Songs To Spirit Powers
Song to the Thunder beings
Wakanyan Ouye, Wakanyan Ouye,
Wakanyan Ouye, Wakanyan Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the sacred Pipe
Canupa Ouye, Canupa Ouye,
Canupa Ouye, Canupa Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the power of Sage
Peya juta Ouye, Peya juta Ouye,
Peya juta Ouye, Peya juta Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Song to the woti stones
Woti Ouye, Woti Ouye,
Woti Ouye, Woti Ouye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

More songs using the melody of the first set of songs. Taught and translated by Ed McGaa Eagle Man.
Track Name: Great Mystery Have Pity On Me
Wakan Tanka osimalayo wey hey
Wakan Tanka osimalayo
weya hey, weya hey, ney yo.

Great Mystery have pity on me wey hey.
Great Mystery have pity on me,
weya hey, weya hey, ney yo.

Translated by Nicholas Breeze Wood
Track Name: Grandfather, To Him I Pray First
Tukashshila tokaheya
Tukashshila tokaheya
Cewakiyelo Wakanceyelo
Ah hey wa hey chayo
Wachio hey hey.

Grandfather to Him first,
Grandfather to Him first,
I pray in a sacred way.
Ah hey wa hey chayo
Wachio hey hey.

leant from Arwyn Dreamwalker. Translated and amended by Nicholas Breeze Wood.
Track Name: Back Elk's Song
Weyo weyo Weyo Weyo Wey
Weyo Weyo Wey Weyo Weyo Weyo
Weyo Weyo Wey Weyo Weyo Weyo
Wey hey o

Wakan Tanka ohimalayo
Makakicheilo Wani wachiaylo
Canupa kiley
yah ha ho yey wa yey o wey hey yo

Great Mystery, have pity upon me
I am suffering I want to live
The way of the pipe.
yah ha ho yey wa yey o wey hey yo.

Taught by Wallace Black Elk. Translated by Nicholas Breeze Wood.
Track Name: Dedication And Thank You Songs
reat Mystery thank you
Wakan Tanka pila maye,
Wakan Tanka pila maye,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Mother Earth
I seek to protect you
Ina Maka awei yakei,
Ina Maka awei yakei,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

What I have said is true
Ho heteitu, Ho heteitu,
Ho heteitu, Ho heteitu,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

For all my relations
Mitakuya Oyasin,
Mitakuya Oyasin,
Hey, Hey, Hey.

Taught and translated by Ed McGaa Eagle Man.