Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Uu Kanata

Have you ever heard of 'Uu Kanata'? It's the National Anthem in Inuktitut, an official language in Canada. Wikipedia has it in Syllabics and transliterated into our alphabet, but they don't have a translation. Still, what they have is beautiful. Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics are a thing of beauty, and transliterated, those knotty long words look like mystical spells. Dig it, if your Unicode can handle it:
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ!

ᓇᖕᒥᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ!
ᐱᖁᔭᑏ ᓇᓚᑦᑎᐊᖅᐸᕗᑦ.
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ, ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ,
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ! ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊ!
ᓇᖏᖅᐳᒍ ᒥᐊᓂᕆᑉᓗᑎ,
ᐆ ᑲᓇᑕ, ᓴᓚᒋᔭᐅᖁᓇ!

Uu Kanata!
Nangmini nunavut!
Piqujatii nalattiaqpavut.
Nangiqpugu, Uu Kanata,
Uu Kanata! nunatsia!
Nangiqpugu mianiripluti,
Uu Kanata, salagijauquna!

I tried singing along, but it doesn't flow off my tongue, alas.

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