Strong Women's Song




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Strong Women’s Song

Song performed by local women’s hand drum group, Miskwaasining Nagamojig (Swamp Singers)

This song was introduced to Miskwaasining Nagamojig (Swamp Singers) by the Ode’min Kwe Singers. Anishinaabe translations by Miskwaasining Nagamojig. Nancy Stevens reminds those who sing it that the Strong Women’s Song should be credited to the Anishinabe kwewag and Zhoganosh kwewag who were in solitary confinement in the Prison For Women in Kingston, Ontario during the 1970’s. Nancy said “It was these women who had this song come to them. My understanding, from one of the women I sing with and who went to P4W to work with the women there at that time, that this song emerged as a way of staying alive, of supporting each other in that hell hole. Many women in P4W lost their lives because of the horrendous conditions there. We sing this song to honour them, and all women.”

 

Maamawi. . .mashkogaabawiyang (x2)
Together we stand strong

Anishnaabe ikwewag
Anishinaabe women

Daanisag, anongonsag, noodinag, zaagiwangidwaa
Daughters, stars, winds, we love them

Nibwaachiweyang epiichi nagamoyang
We are visiting/conversing/sharing stories while we are singing

Daanisag, anongonsag, noodinag, zaagiwangidwaa
Daughters, stars, winds, we love them