The "'idìyitá", "he makes it walk" ceremony, and the song's sole purpose is to aid children who are slow at learning to walk.


Through this song, the offering of prayer and life-long protection from evil is given. This ceremony can be performed for children before twelve months of age to ensure they will walk on or before their first year. When performing this ceremony a man or woman can perform the rites. If not done by a close blood relative, then hire a medicine man or medicine woman. The rite takes about ten minutes each night, repeated for four nights under a clear night sky. Give a gift of turquoise, made with downy eagle feathers.

Compiled by: Glenn Welker and Daniel Castro Romero Jr.

The "'Idìyitá" Song - Lipan Apache Children's Songs - The Lipan Apache - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Comment After Song Image


If anyone can help clarify the English translation, please email me. -Mama Lisa

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Glenn Welker for graciously allowing me to use these songs and illustrations. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!