I created a few more audio file for my friends to hear one example of how I say the Thanksgiving Address in the Kanienkeha ( Mohawk ) language dialect.
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The following audio samples speak the ThanksGiving Address or what fluent mohawk language speakers call ‘ Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen ‘.
- Ohénton_Karihwatéhkwen Thanksgiving Address, First Matter of Business, Words before all else
- Ó:nen ká:ti ska’nikòn:ra tewá:ton tánon teiethinonhwará:ton ne Now we put our minds together as one and we shall greet them…
- Onkwehshòn:’a, Ionkhi’nisténha Ohóntsia, Ohneka’shón:’a, Kentsionhshón:’a, Ohonte’shón:’a, Ononhkwa’shón:’a, Ohtehra’shón:’a, Kaienthóhsera, Kahih’shón:’a, Otsinonwa’shón:’a , Kontirio, Okwire’shón:’a, Otsi’ten’okón:’a, Iethihsothokón:’a Ratiwé:ras, Kaiéri Nikawerá:ke, Eh Tshitewahtsi:’a Kiohkehnékha Karáhkwa, Ionkhihsótha Ahshonthenhnékha Karáhkwa, Otsitohkwa’shón:’a, Kaié:ri Niionkwé:take tahnon Shonkwaia’tison. people, earth, waters, fish, grass, medicines, roots, food, fruit, insects, animals, tress, birds, thunders, four winds, sun, moon, stars, four beings, creator
The ThanksGiving Address is often spoken before important events that bring alot of people together. You may also hear it referred to as ‘The First Matter of Business’ , or Words Before all Else.
Ohén:ton Karihwatéhkwen is also part of the Medicine Wheel teachings that you can learn about from the Traditional Medicine Program in Akwesasne ( village of St. Regis ). Akwesasne Traditional Medicine phone: (613) 575-2341
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