April 5th, 2017
The song “Ani Couni” is known in many countries around the world. Many believe it’s an Iroquois song. But it’s actually an Arapaho ghost dance song, called Ani’qu ne’chawu’nani’. The Arapaho tribe was loosely aligned with the Lakota and Dakota tribes. In 1890, the US government broke a treaty with the Lakota and took away […]
September 23rd, 2016
Check out the online Native American Audio Collections. It includes recordings of songs and conversations. Some of the songs are lullabies, dance songs and greeting songs. The recordings come from the following tribes: Abenaki Cherokee Cocopa Delaware Mandan Mobilian Ottawa Penobscot Quileute Tuscarora Yuki Enjoy! Feel free to share other interesting Native American resources in […]
February 21st, 2016
The Passamaquoddy are a Native American people who live mainly in Maine (U.S.) and New Brunswick (Canada). They traditionally hunted inland in the winter and fished in the summer. They speak the Malecite-Passamaquoddy language, which is part of the Algonquin language family. We’re proud to announce that we’ve added some Passamaquoddy Songs to Mama Lisa’s […]
February 8th, 2016
Briana wrote looking for help with a Native American Stick Song. You can read her letter and hear the song in the YouTube below… "Hello! My name is Briana. I was actually wondering if you would by chance be able to help me identify this song. My sister and I learned it in Elementary school […]
November 23rd, 2015
The first Thanksgiving in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1621 was a harvest festival. It was different from the holiday we celebrate today. For one thing, it lasted three days – imagine that! Their menu was quite different from ours too. The one thing we’re sure was on the menu was venison. It’s mentioned in a letter […]
April 11th, 2015
Monique Palomares wrote about the meaning and history of the Native American song "Ani Couni"… Ani Couni is a Native American song that’s well known in many countries. Yet no one seems to know for certain its true origin. There are many variations of how the title and lyrics are spelled, sometimes Ani Couni, sometimes […]
January 15th, 2013
A hoecake is a flat cake similar to a little pancake that’s made with cornmeal. The name comes from the fact that American farmers cooked them right on the end of their hoes over a fire. This type of food originally comes from the Native Americans. Hoecakes were originally made by farmers with just cornmeal, […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
August 5th, 2008
Pam wrote: Hello, I can only remember part of a lullaby and would like to have access to the whole piece. I learned it years ago when I was a helper in my daughter’s class at school, but over the years have forgotten some of the words. It’s a beautiful soothing lullaby, and I would […]
July 16th, 2008
I recently received this question: My Aunts sung us this song as children and I can never remember the lyrics. My grandmother taught it to them and she was a native American Indian but from Florida (nowhere near Alaska)… I am a little Eskimo. I live outside in the land of snow. …….. I have […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
October 3rd, 2005
Belinda wrote me… Dear Lisa, Just an enquiry. I work in child care and would like to teach this song I learnt as a student but I have not got the full song, I believe it is an Eskimo song or I think an American Indian (song). I can only type it as I would […]
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In Kid Songs Around The World we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe. (Over 350 pages!)
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music.
All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance.
Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)