Iŋiḷġaan / Long Ago

Poem by Tim Aqukkasuk Argetsinger

The Qargizine, Fall 2015 #1



Iŋiḷġaan


Iŋiḷġaan niġrutit uqautigaich aŋatkut                        

Niġrutit iḷisautigaatigut iñuuniałiġmik nunami

Agaayyuliqsit aggiqmata aŋatkut atuġnaiqsut

Pagmapak igliġutit paamġuġuurut nunapayaami

Niġrutit nipaitchut aasiiñ

Long ago

Long ago the animals talked to shamans

The animals taught us how to live on the land

When the preachers came the shamans became useless

Now machines crawl all over the earth

And the animals are silent





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