Jeremy Dutcher

Lintultine naka monuwehkane ktolatuwewakonon // Let's sing and save our language

Pokmok naka Poktoinskwes

Qey Psi-te wen (Hey everyone)

So things are coming together. Here is my latest arrangement of Pokmok naka Poktoinskwes for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwankonawa. This song talks about a fisher and mythical water creature named Poktoinskwes. 

Here is the original recording by Frank Sappier:

And here is my interpretation of the melody:

I love this melody. I'd really like for this piece to feature some other instruments... maybe strings? It's still quite early, so I'm not sure where this one will go next, but I wanted to give an idea of what rehearsals are sounding like. Representing the water in this tune is particularly important given the story behind the original melody.

I also have to give a shout out to Passamaquoddy singer Maggie Paul who uses this melody in her Trading Song; that's where the words are coming from: "Ipa, npeciptun keq. Ikonuhlay." (Look, I've brought something to trade). 

I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned.

Kci-woliwon (Many thanks)
JD