Oto

by Nechochwen

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1.
02:22
Instrumental
2.
03:35
Laahapalačia, nitaši mačiloθia Nikwiθeti! Maataši, nipkaleenaape {In Appalachia, there is where I was born My sons! Here, we built a fire} Hey, do you remember words they used to say? Your ways, will you keep them in your heart to stay? Listen for the answers on the wind Hey, do you remember songs they used to sing? Away, will you let this all just wilt away? Until there are no words left to say, just keep them alive ’Inoki, kipaapmamaatompwa Ke’wisiki lenaweewi, aho {Now, you all keep on praying You will be strong, it is so} Hey, do you remember words they used to say? Your ways, will you keep them in your heart to stay? Listen for the answers on the wind Hey, do you remember songs they used to sing? Away, will you let this all just wilt away? Until there are no words left to say, just keep them alive
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When we seek good answers, we look to the past And sure enough, we find them when the best questions are asked Embrace the guidance of an unseen force Eternal knowledge from an ancient source This gift from so long past nourishes and sustains The spirit of Otomen'pe forever in our heart remains
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We na ho We ya ho hila
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06:41
As we draw breath on this day, rain falls beneath these clouds of grey Faint voices in the sky we hear, and then the morning sun appears As we draw breath we stay strong, choose your words; prepare your song Great power in these seeds you sow; feeds all the People as they grow He ya ho na, he ya ho na ho na ya He ya ho na, he ya ho na ho na ya He a na ho na we he yo ha we, a na ho na we ya ho na He a na ho na we he yo ha we, a na ho na we na ho na He a na ho na we he yo ha we, a na ho na we ya ho na He a na ho na we he yo ha we, a na ho na we na ho na As the morning sun appears, arise to begin the day In its light and in its shadows, walk in a sacred way As the midnight sun draws near, embrace the sky above Though a shell conceals her gaze, she radiates with love In the earth beneath our feet we feel the ancient pulse In the sky beyond our flesh we hear the primal call of creation! Winds of rapture shake the trees, proclaiming nature’s victory Tread this path in adoration of the sky’s illumination! Pride, strength, forever! Aho!
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Walking tall, he held his head up high amongst the trees His ears fixated yonder to the sky With heavy heart, his need was pure as newly fallen snow His hunger raged beneath the cliffs of stone Time stood still; in this place he was to sit alone Where day and night forever intertwine Elusive sounds and the scent of purifying smoke Lingered in that woodland mountain sacred circle In a prayer he cried, “Manitoki, ni’otomien. Košelamalikwa, {“Spirits, my ancestors. Source of Life,”} be my guide when all hope is lost.” As he waited for an answer, the world of flesh was cast aside. In his vacant stare he became transfixed by the wings of a feathered serpent. In the mist, at last it came to him – a sleepless dream; The message he had been seeking A trail to walk; a path lit by a spirit fire A secret that he would speak to no one In the brush, with eyes that faintly glowed in moonlit fog An old man’s face in a creature’s form The timeless stare of he who roams this forest land A silent guardian for earth’s truth seekers “Niawe!” {“Thank you!”} he cried. “Manitoki, ni’otomien, Tapalamalikwa, {“Spirits, my ancestors. Source of Love”} be my guide on the darkest days.” As he waited for an answer, the world of flesh was cast aside In his vacant stare he became transfixed by the sound of a panther splashing. As the fragrant smoke ascends, his thoughts rise to the sky All the power of the heavens, gaze below with your twinkling eye Pekikalooletiiwe Pekikalooletiiwe Pekikalooletiiwe Pekikalooletiiwe To the south, he will not forget To the east, he will not forget To the north, he will not forget To the west, he will never forget

about

The members of Nechochwen are proud to have our newest material released by Bindrune Recordings in the form of an LP titled Oto. Where previous releases have been rooted in the historic and ancient past, Oto focuses on the guidance our ancestors bring to us in modern times. The album title could be called ‘Ancestor’ in English.

Nechochwen : We consider this third Nechochwen album to be a double EP with Side A taking an organic, acoustic route and Side B shifting to an aggressive metal assault. The focus of this album is quite simple: ancestral wisdom and Native tradition is relevant and important in our overly complex and distracting present world. Never has man been so disconnected from the very soil he walks on. Just as there are two sides to this LP, there are two sides to all of us. One is at peace with our surroundings and the other attempts to conquer them. This album is a tribute to the balanced, ancestral self.

Pohonasin : Oto, in both conception and inception, is paradoxical in nature. It is the proverbial thread of the past thrust through the eye of the needle that is what we call the present day; a musical time machine that seamlessly shifts between two worlds that could be considered equally shrouded in obscurity. Visually, the title O+O invokes a sense of symmetry. Like a human face, it looks equal on both sides. But upon closer inspection, symmetry is but an illusion. Each side holds its own discerning features. Such is the case with this volume of Nechochwen. Two distinctly different notes of the same chord, embraced in a confluence of harmony.

credits

released January 10, 2013

Recorded in sessions from March to November 2011 at Sacred Sound, Martin's Ferry, Ohio. Produced and engineered by Nechochwen and Pohonasin.

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