(playing) right now
by waaseyaa'sin christine sy
there, by the cedar trees
the man trees,
are they starting to run with sap?
Note To Reader: this is baby-talk Anishinaabemowin because that’s all i got. the ideas are still beautiful, na? that’s what’s important to me. i don’t know if Old Time Anishinaabeg would use the word flirting/courting to describe the song gijigijigaaneshiinh are singing today but my friend who taught me a lot about the way the sugar bush works, told me that that song is a mating song; it’s a sign of spring and of course, it’s a sign of sugaring season, in these parts anyhow. [If there are any language speakers who wish to make this correct, please do! miigwech!]