Sunday, April 22, 2012

nêhiyawêwin

I learnt from Cheryl L'Hirondelle yesterday that nêhiyawêwin is the Cree word for language. It literally means "sound out your worldview".

This is beautiful.

In this word, I have found a teacher, a guide in my efforts to locate a mother tongue out of my obstacles and desires. It  makes me wonder what sounds might come out of my worldview, which I recently described as being Daoist, with a post-colonial chip on the shoulder.

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