TUNE Struileag - Souwanaquenapeke
Lead vocals Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona MacKenzie, lyrics Maoilios Caimbeul
1816, The Forks, Red River, Manitoba. Donald Gunn from Kildonan in Sutherlandshire has emigrated to Canada with the ‘Selkirk Settlers’ and he has met a young woman Souwana who belongs to the Saulteaux tribe under their chief Peguis. Chief Peguis is good friend of the Selkirk Settlers and he helps them by giving them land and food. Many women from the Cree, Saulteaux and Ojibwa tribes marry French and British fur traders. Their progeny were and are known to this day as Métis. They call themselves the Métis Nation. The name Souwanaquenapeke means ‘The voice of the south wind birds’ and is shortened to Souwana.