Mahk Jchi

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Mahk Jchi

Mahk Jchi is a haunting song written by the Native American women’s group Ulali. The song is in a compilation of Tutelo and Saponi languages, now extinct dialects of the Sioux nation from the Ohio Valley. There is a commonly mistaken translation of this song widely circulated on the internet but the translation below has been confirmed by the artist. This song takes an investment in learning and is more complex for choral, oral-tradition learning, but do-able and worth it.

Composer & Copyright

Composed by and copyright Pura Fé and Soni of Ulali.


Inspiration Track


Mahk Jchi tahm boo-ee
yahm pi-gih-dee
Mahk Jchi tahm boo-ee
kahn speh-wah eh-bi (x2)

Mahm-pi wah ho-ka yi nonk,
tah hond tah-ni kih-yee tai-yee
Ghee weh meh yee-tai-yee,
Nan-ka yaht yah moo-ni-yeh wah-jhi-seh

English translation:

Our hearts are full and our minds are good
Our ancestors come and give us strength
Stand tall, sing, dance and never forget who you are
Or where you come from


  • Nerida Kirov
    Posted at 02:54h, 01 July Reply

    I have had this recording from when it was first released an love the whole album. Thanks so much, it is so helpful to see the words written. What language is it please?

  • Nerida Kirov
    Posted at 02:55h, 01 July Reply

    Sorry, I should have read the top first!!

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