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Dakota Hymn 141: Many and Great, O God

Representative Text

1 Wakantanka taku nitawa
Tankaya qa ota;
Mahpiya kin eyahanke ca,
Ma ka kin he duowanca,
Mniowanca sbeya wanke cin,
Hena oyakihi.

2 Nitawacin wasaka, wakan,
On wawicahyaye;
Woyute qa wokoyake kin,
Woyatke ko iyacinyan,
Anepetu kin otoiyohi

Source: Voices: Native American hymns and worship resources #29b

Author: Joseph Renville

Joseph R. Renville’s mother was Dakota and his father, French. An explorer, fur trader, and Congregational minister, Renville helped found the Lac qui Parle Mission in Minnesota in 1835. This song, which is also known as the “Dakota Hymn,” was sung by thirty-eight Dakota prisoners of war as they were led to execution at Mankato, Mennesota, on December 26, 1862. This song was first published in the Dakota Indian Hymnal (1916). Sing! A New Creation Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Wakantanka taku nitawa
Title: Dakota Hymn 141: Many and Great, O God
Author: Joseph Renville
Source: Dakota Odawan: Dakota Hymns
Language: Dakota
Copyright: Public Domain



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