Jay Begaye Sings Gathering of Nations Song

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 17th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 17th, 2014

Gathering of Nations is on everyone's mind this week as they gear up for the event on April 24th through the 26th. Over on their YouTube channel, GONpowwow, there's a video from last year of Jay Begaye singing the Gathering of Nations song.

A little bit of history about the song from their website:

The Gathering of Nations song was written for and given to the Gathering of Nations in 1996, it was composed in the Diné/Navajo language by Alan Neskashi Jr. and Arlie Neskahi.

The song was in honor of Alan Neskahi Sr. who was one of the first translators of the bible on the Navajo Reservation. As Alan Neskahi Sr. was translating the Old Testament, he heard some of the songs in the Book of Psalms written by King David and he really liked them. He said the words in them were a lot like Indian words.

“He had a dream some day that indian people would sing this song.” — Arlie Neskahi

This gift to the Gathering of Nations is for all people to sing in celebration of Indian Culture. The song is sung every Saturday evening for the final Grand Entry at the largest gathering of Native People in North America.

Enjoy the song!

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Sheila Parrish

Such powerful music!!!
Thank you for posting videos so that we might share and appreciate the heritage of the American Indian.

Robert Nolan

My Peace to you all.

Robert Nolan

I love everything in this post. Thank you.

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