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the song i sang for our totem

The Blessingway Twelve Word Song

  • Haiya naiya yana,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come upon blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come upon blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [1.] Neya, now, Darkness, ‘iya,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, it is blessed,
  • Behind him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [2.]Neya, behind her, from there, ye, Dawn, ‘iye,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo, Behind her, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, it is blessed, Before her, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come up on blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye l ana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [3.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, Afterglow, woye,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, it is blessed,
  • Behind her, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [4.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, Sun, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, it is blessed,
  • Before him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come upon blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [5.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, now Talking God, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, it is blessed,
  • Behind him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [6.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, now Calling God, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, it is blessed,
  • Before him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come upon blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [7.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, Coming with a Turquoise Boy, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, it is blessed,
  • Behind him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [8.]Neya, behind her, from there, ye, Coming with a Corn Kernel Girl, ‘eye,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, it is blessed,
  • Before her, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come up on blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye l ana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [9.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, White Corn Plant Boy, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, it is blessed,
  • Behind him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • [10.]Neya, behind her, from there, ye, Yellow Corn Plant Girl, ‘eye,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, it is blessed,
  • Before her, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come up on blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye l ana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [11.]Neya, behind him, from there, ye, Pollen Boy, ‘iye,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind him, from there, ye, S’ah naaghéi,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • He comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before him, it is blessed,
  • Behind him, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.
  • [12.]Neya, behind her, from there, ye,Harvest Fly Girl, ‘eye,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Before her, from there, ye, Bik’eh hózh,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, from there, ye, S’ah naagheacute;i,
  • She comes upon me with blessing, wo,
  • Behind her, it is blessed,
  • Before her, it is blessed,
  • Beneath her, it is blessed,
  • Above her, it is blessed,
  • All around her, it is blessed,
  • Everywhere, it is blessed, neya ‘eye, lana heya ‘eye,
  • I have come upon it, yo, I have come upon blessing, wo,
  • People, my relatives, yowa lana, I have come upon blessing,
  • People, my relatives, ya, blessed, na’eye lana heya ‘eye, holaghei.

From Navajo Blessingway Singer, the Autobiography of Frank Mitchell, 1881-1967 edited by Charlotte J. Frisbie and David P. McAllester © 1978, University of Arizona Press

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