Four Directions (Lakota Calling Song)

In Native American tradition, we believe that Grandfather/Great Spirit/Creator is all around us. We sing this song at the beginning of worship and ceremony to invite the Great Spirit to us and ask him to hear our prayers. This song is in the Lakota language, and is known as the Four Directions Song or the Lakota Calling Song. This song can be compared to the Christian “Doxology” that is sung during many worship services, often added to the end of canticles, psalms, and hymns , as “an expression of praise to God”. The most commonly heard doxology is “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow,” which was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken, a priest in the Church of England. The familiar words are “Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”

From  book -Sacred Fireplace – The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man late, revered medicine man Pete S. Catches Sr. (Petaga Yuha Mani)

Lakota
Wiohpeyata etunwan yo
Nitunkasila ahitunwan yankelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Ahitunwan yankelo!

Waziyatakiya etunwan yo
Nitunkasila ahitunwan yankelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Ahitunwan yankelo!

Wiohinhpayata etunwan yo
Nitunkasila ahitunwan yankelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Ahitunwan yankelo!

Itokagata etunwan yo
Nitunkasila ahitunwan yankelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Ahitunwan yankelo!

Wankatakiya etunwan yo
Wakantanka heciya he yankelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Ahitunwan yankelo!

Makatakiya etunwan yo
Nikunsi k’un heciya he yunkelo
Cekiya yo, cekiya yo!
Anagoptan yunke lo

English
Look towards the West
Your Grandfather is looking this way
Pray to Him, pray to Him!
He is sitting there looking this way!

Look towards the North
Your Grandfather is looking this way
Pray to Him, pray to Him!
He is sitting there looking this way!

Look towards the East
Your Grandfather is looking this way
Pray to Him, pray to Him!
He is sitting there looking this way!

Look towards the South
Your Grandfather is looking this way
Pray to Him, pray to Him!
He is sitting there looking this way!

Look up above (upwards)
God (“Great Spirit”) sits above us
Pray to Him, pray to Him!
He is sitting there looking this way!

Look towards the Earth
Your Grandmother lies beneath us
Pray to Her, pray to Her!
She is laying there listening (to your Prayers)