ECCU 400

Living Treaties as kihci-asotamâtowin weekly engagement #4: atamiskâkêwin (Handshake)

atamiskâkêwin
Extend the arm, offer the hand
Fingers wrap around the others
Thumb on the other side
A firm grasp, three shakes
peyak, nîso, nisto

sawêýimikowisiw
The sun shines on the union
The Creator blesses the hands
Firm grasp, tension

wêpinâsowin
Offer up the new oneness
Up to the Divine
Entrust that what has been made
Is safe with Him

The sharing of the sacred pipe
In and out
The sweetgrass and the smoke

Sweetgrass, smoke
miýâhkasikan, mânatisiwin
miýâhkasikan, yôspâtisiwin
miýâhkasikan, kisêwâtisiwin
miýâhkasikan, kwayaskâtisiwin
miýâhkasikan, kanâtisiwin

kihci-asotomâtowin
Promises spoken, the covenant made
The sun, the grass, the river
Eternal
tahkinê

Principles symbolized by the sweetgrass and the pipe taken from Treaty Elders of Saskatchewan: Our Dream Is That Our Peoples Will One Day Be Clearly Recognized As Nations by Harold Cardinal & Walter Hildebrandt, pg 32

Plains Cree translations from nēhiýawēwin / Plains Cree online translator (https://plainscree.atlas-ling.ca/)

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