The original song is the Arapaho Ghost Dance song called, Ani'qu ne'chawu'nani'. Line Romain Descombes from the Andicha n'de Wendat site, once wrote that all of the American Indian Nations claimed this song.


You can read about the story and the actual meaning of Ani Couni on Mama Lisa's Blog.


Line Romain Descombes from the site Andicha n'de Wendat (in French), explains that it's an inter-tribal song claimed by all nations. This lament song, composed by women, used to be sung when people had to leave their lands because of diseases or wars. It says: "When evening descended upon the Indian village, the Medicine-man disappeared into the forest, touching the ground with his hands."

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Ani couni chaouani

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music.