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KISAKA- PAWNEE SONG - CLARIFICATION
Song of Rejoicing and Thanksgiving
Explained by Lesa-Kipiliru (Young Chief)
When a man receives presents from another, he may sing this song, remembering that all things come through the power of Tirawa, and asking of the Father, while giving thanks, a renewal of his gifts-long life, good health, and plenty in the fields. The man who receives prays for a blessing on the man who gives. Thus thanks he the giver. Well is it to give to the poor and to the helpless, for they hedded of the Father. Their prayers will be heard, and more surely than those of all others will their blessings be fullfilled upon the giver. Worth more than all the prayers of the prosperous and strong are the thankfull prayers of the feeble. the aged, and the poor.
Kisaka Song of the Thanksgiving
Nawa Atius, Now, O Father, Iri ta-titska, Our thanks be unto thee, Iri asuta hawa, Our thanks! Renew our plenty! Iri rurahe! OUr Thanks! Renew these thy gifts to us!
(c) 1907 THE INDIANS BOOK (SONGS AND LEGENDS OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS Nathalie Curtis (1875-1921) STORYTELLER