Ohnekanus Nibi (Water)

Waasse Williams and Naeli Valerine

Waasse Williams and Naeli Valerine

This song was created by students who worked with Renee Pfaller, Milwaukee Indian Community School Oneida Instructor and Margaret Noodin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Anishinaabemowin Instructor. The girls wanted to sing about Spring and the rain and their Native pride.

In 2018 Monea Warrington contributed a Menominee verse and Ashley Rave worked with the teachers of the Hoocąk Waaziija Haci Language Division to create a Ho-Chunk verse.

We have posted two audio files for you to enjoy. The first version features Waase and Naeli singing the song the day they wrote it. The second version features students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee who represent many nations, singing the languages of Minowaki, “the good land” where they are currently earning their degrees.

Verion sung by Waasse Williams, Naeli Valerine and Margaret Noodin in Oneida and Ojibwe.


Verion sung by students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee in Oneida, Ojibwe, Menominee and Ho-Chunk.

Water Song by All


In Oneida

Ukwehuwe ni’i
Oneida I am

It is raining

really raining

Yoyanole ohnekanus
It is good the water


In Ojibwe

Anishinaabe nd’aaw
Anishinaabe I am

it is raining

really raining

minogame nibi
It is good the water


In Ho-Chunk

Hocąk wa’uje
I am Ho-Chunk

(Cąąk’eja) Nįįžu je
It is raining

Maašja nįįžu je
It is raining hard

Nįįna pįį
the water is good


In Menominee

Mamāceqtaw asāwean
Menominee I am

Its raining

Very hard it is raining

Māēnow-āwew nepēw
Good it is water