Atsina love poem


Abitáatóóúnóóúhuut’ɔ in ‘aθɔ́ɔ́hɔ́bikíitɔɔnh

Niinááh itáh ɔwɔtɔnɔhɔ́ɔ’

Ɔɔh, ’oouniinɔɔnhoouh ‘iyɔhóu’únɔɔ’ɔ́ɔ́h

Itɔɔsíííh "Asinbiθɔɔtaan’ɔ!"

Translated into Atsina by Terry Brockie
Abitáatóóúnóóúhuut’ɔ in ‘aθɔ́ɔ́hɔ́bikíitɔɔnh  Niinááh itáh ɔwɔtɔnɔhɔ́ɔ’  Ɔɔh, ’oouniinɔɔnhoouh ‘iyɔhóu’únɔɔ’ɔ́ɔ́h  Itɔɔsíííh Asinbiθɔɔtaan’ɔ!

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Atsina language

I like this translation of the love poem, i think that it will be part of my favorites, because it is in an extinct language, and there is so much poetry in it! On the other hand, it is difficult to find reliable informations about this Algonquian language and people who speak it. The Gros Ventre (Atsina, Ahe, Ananin, Fall Indian, White Clay, A’ananin, Aane, Ahahnelin) and the Arapaho are two dialects of the same language.

The Gros Ventres

The Gros Ventres are Algonquin Indians from North America met by the French, who named them so, during the American conquest. Established since the 17th century, in Montana, Alberta (formerly part of French Louisiana) and Saskatchewan (Province of Canada), the Gros-Ventres live today in the Montana's reservations (2000 people) Fort Belknap. Each winters they were divided into patrilinear bands for hunting, and every summer they gathered in circular encampments where the work of the skins constituted their main activity.

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