Nimbawaadaan Akiing (I Dream a World)

Elise Mangan plays a buffalo drum Monday while Natalie Fields (center with mask) leads the Bel Canto choir in singing the world premiere of “Nimbawaadaan Akiing” by Noodin and Feay-Shaw at Beaver Dam High School. KELLY SIMON/Daily Citizen

This poem by Margaret Noodin was originally published in Poem-a-Day on March 20, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets. It appeared in American Poets Magazine vol. 61. It was also published on

A choral arrangement of this song was made by Dr. Sheila Feay-Shaw and the song was performed by students at Beaver Dam High school in Wisconsin.

Listen to them sing: Nimbawaadaan Akiing-Choir Room

A row of flowers in the Woodland art style by Neebin Southall

Nimbawaadaan akiing
I dream a world

atemagag biinaagami
of clean water

ancient trees

gaye gwekaanimad
and changing winds.

Nimbawaadaan akiing
I dream a world

of ones who remember

nandagikenindamang gaye
who seek the truth and

maamwidebwe’endamang waabang
believe in tomorrow together.

Nimbawaadaan akiing
I dream a world

izhi-biimiskobideg giizhigong
where our path in the sky

waabandamang naasaab
can be seen as clearly as

gaa-izhi-niibawid wiijibemaadizid
the place where our neighbor once stood.

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