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Thread #70258 Message #1199838
Posted By: Jim Dixon
03-Jun-04 - 11:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Native American folk song
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Native American folk song
"Gitchee Manitou," literally "Great Spirit," is the term used for the Creator in the Algonquian family of languages, which include the Ojibway (a.k.a. Anishinabe or Chippewa), Ottawa, Cree, Algonquin, Micmac, and Blackfeet.
There are many ways of spelling it: Gitche Manito, Gitchie Manitou, Giche Manitu, etc. Longfellow spelled it Gitche Manito in his poem "Hiawatha" which was based on Ojibway legends.
I imagine any song with that name would be a hymn or prayer.
This page, for instance, has a prayer in English that begins "O Great Spirit..." while the Ojibway version begins "O'o gichi-Manidoo..."
Given all the possible spelling variations, it would be difficult to search for a particular song by that title; I'd think your best bet might be to search for "Ojibway folk song", "Ojibway hymn", "Ojibway traditional literature", etc.
Here is the result of searching for (Anishinabe OR Ojibway OR Chippewa) (hymn OR prayer OR poem).