This month's The Year of the Poet focuses on indigenous peoples of North America and Native American languages.
Foreword by Kimberly Burnham
Poetry can change the world. Words, language, all the ways to communicate with and listen to each other can transform the world, as we know it. There is so much to learn from the way an individual, a community, or language group uses words.
For example, the words for peace and war are very similar "odriyohdędaˀǫh" (war) and "odriyohsrędaˀǫh" (peace) in Cayuga, a Native American language spoken in Canada. The government is trying to preserve the language and culture but there are less than 80 fluent speakers left. Peace "Odriyohsrędaˀǫh" literally means the war has laid down or finished. For native speakers the words create an image, perhaps of men laying weapons down or a symbolic "war" laying down in a field where crops can once again be planted and children can grow.
Each of the world's seven or eight thousand languages creates different images, evokes diverse emotions, and carries a unique cultural significance.
In 2019 the Poets of the Inner Child Poetry Posse will breathe life into words creating a kind of visual poetry, arranging the letters to reflect each poet's inner voice manifested on the page while honoring the languages and cultures of many people around the world as well as our own diverse ancestry.
Each month we will visit a different region of the world, finding what is often stunningly beautiful, sometimes tragic and emotion-laden but always insightful and thought provoking. This year as our words journey across the pages and into the world we honor the United Nations which has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
This month let your eyes ...
"anuhtunyu" (rejoice or adopt peace of mind) in Oneida spoken in the Great Lakes region
"ilihá:lon" (awaken, opening one's eyes from sleep) in Kosati spoken in Louisiana and Texas, US
"dseekshyaaksh" (strut or walk with a flair) in Shm’algyack spoken in Alaska, US
"dladáal" (stroll or walk slowly) in Haida spoken in British Columbia, Canada
"máñi" (travel or journey) in Ioway-Otoe-Missouria spoken in Kansas, US
"ji-k'ein" (jump around) in Tlingit spoken in the Pacific Northwest of North America
"tc'īgagō" (run) in Jacarilla Apache or Eastern Apache spoken in the North America
"nəpə̀mkawα" (walk or travel) in Abenaki-Penobscot spoken in Maine, US and Quebec, Canada
"zdocumb" (dance) in the Nanticoke Dialect of Massachusetts, US
... across the pages of this book, a tribute to Native American languages and cultures.
Featuring Houda Elfchtali, Anthony Endurer Briscoe, Dr K K Mathew, and Iram Fatima Ashi
In Kongo spoken in the Congo
"Ngemba" and "Nguba" mean peace
there is a saying
"dia e nguba akuluka omu tulu"
"to eat without fear or anxiety
is to be in peaceful circumstances
"Ngemba" also means friendship and intimacy
as if when we are at peace
surrounded by friends
we can experience intimacy
sharing ourselves fully
and taking in food and a world of experiences
Or as my nutrition teacher used to say
"you can get better nutrition from a hot dog with friends
than an organic gourmet meal with people you hate."
Kongo—"Kikœndi" (friendship friendliness intimacy, peace), "Ngemba" (peace, friendship, intimacy), "Bunda e Yongo" (peace), "Bunda e ngemba" (to make peace renew friendship spoken of two or three people only), "Luve" (peace, truce), "Vuvama" (safety tranquillity quiet peace), "Eyangala" (gladness joy contentment peace quiet happiness bliss delight rejoicing comfort), "Eyangi" (a peaceful happy contented joyous), "Lembama" (to be tame meek gentle assuaged appeased demure civil calm quiet docile humble to be at peace to lull abate), "Pi i" (is often much prolonged peace quiet tranquillity silence calm), "Butama" (to be quiet silent to abstain from making a noise or disturbance to be at peace), "Moyo", "Moyou", "Kuluka" or "Bwa" (to be calm free from anxiety at peace at rest in one's mind content resigned be composed), "Nguba" (dia e nguba akuluka omu tulu (Proverb), to eat without fear or anxiety, to be in peaceful circumstances) or "Nlekoko" (a moyo or ntima - the absence of all impatience, patience, peace, to be released) —Congo.
This list is constantly being updated. Language—"word" (peace)—Country. I am trying to make it as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Contact Kimberly Burnham with any questions, comments, corrections or additional words.
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I am looking for guest blog opportunities and a position as poet-in-residence. My current project is writing dictionary poems using words in different languages for the English word "peace." You can read some of my poems on Poemhunter .
As poet-in-residence I would write poems on different words in different languages and broadcast them throughout the social media blogosphere. Each poem would link back to your site where the word or language appeared.
I would expect some sort of stipend and a six month to one year placement. Please contact me for details if your organization is interested in having a poet-in-residence to help get your message out. Nervewhisperer@gmial.com
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