The Water Song

~ Written by Chenoa Egawa & Alex Turtle ~


Through this song, we remember and honor the spirit and sacredness of water. We lend our voices to stand up for the protection and preservation of clean, pure water in all its forms and states of being. By way of the images shared in the video, we hope to illustrate the power and miracle of water, from the thunderclouds and highest snowy mountain peaks, to the waterfalls, rivers, springs and oceans. May the song be received as medicine for our Mother Earth. May it call our attention, once again, to the brilliant journey and wisdom of water as it travels our world, renewing, revitalizing, and supporting all life so generously along the way. May we all come together to reciprocate that generosity by taking care of our sacred waters each and every day. May our awareness, stewardship and actions ensure clean water for today, and for generations to come.

 

“The Water Song” was composed by Alex Turtle, Diné (Navajo) and Southern Cheyenne, and Chenoa Egawa, Lummi and S’Klallam. It is sung in the Diné language and carries one of our Native teachings about the blessing of the spirit of water through the male and female rains.

 

We acknowledge, with immense gratitude, the teachings shared with us by our elders and our ancestors. Knowledge of the sacredness of water, and many other vitally important teachings about life have been preserved and held in the highest regard to this day in certain places around the world. Most often this wisdom has been kept alive among indigenous peoples, who are continuously striving to maintain the languages, cultures, and ways of life that honor living in balance with ourselves, one another & the natural world.

We give thanks to Whiteshell Haskie of the Diné Nation, for participating in this video and representing the hopes we have for our younger generations. May all the children of our beautiful planet be able to grow up with teachings that strengthen their ability to understand the sacredness of water and the interconnectedness of all life. And may they always remember to live with hope, awareness, gratitude, respect, and great care for all life in each and every moment, fully awake.

We are initiating a small project to rebuild the home of an elderly Navajo couple, who lost their home in a fire two years ago on the Navajo reservation in Whitecone, Arizona. 100% of your donation for downloading this track will go to the construction of this home and to finding a way to bring water to their land.

 

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Get the song here https://genero.us/swanclan/the-water-song

Music by: Chenoa Egawa & Alex Turtle

Director: Matthew Gamlen
Producer: Eric Watson
Production Assistant: Ramona Bradley
Additional Footage: Kent Wagner
Flute Music: Tyler Penor


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    I am a Chilcotin Indian from Anaham, British Columbia. Canada. We speak the same language. I am a part of the Athabaskan Family. Dorothy coyote

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    Sacred is the Medicine of all Native people. It is through this connection that we must remember our Ancestors. The Water Song stirs the water throughout my body and therefore I know I have been Blessed!

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    I would love to find the lyrics for The Water Song so that I can learn and teach it to the children.
    Thanks. Sonja Beirnaert

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    To’ahana nishlí, To’baha bashishíín… I am a NearWater woman born for the EdgeWater Clan…seeing all the stories about the Colorado Mine, EPA water contamination news IS so disheartening. I too feel so frustrated that there is not more we can do Son Sanchez. I remember hearing stories about my grandfather “Old Man Bob” and how he protected natural spring water that dripped out and how he watched it day and night to make sure that every bit of it was used and not wasted, he and my grandmother slept near the spring. They named him Tó bí’gishteeshí because he slept near this place, he made offerings, sang water songs and did all he could to take care of his spring in the desert. He wanted his family to make a home near by so that they would continue caring for the water. This is a story that my oldest sister Gladys told me many years ago. To this day I always make sure to pray and make offerings at natural springs….my chei taught me that. I can’t help but feel sad that many do not respect our water source or appreciate it’s sacredness.

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