Susan Aglukark: O Siem (Animals)

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O Siem

O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem. The fires of freedom,
Dance in the burning flame
Siem o siyeya; all people rich and poor
Siem o siyeya; those who do and do not know
Siem o siyeya; take the hand of one close by
Siem o siyeya; of those who know because they try
and watch the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom, dance in the burning flame
Siem o siyeya; all people of the world
Siem o siyeya; it's time to make a turn
Siem o siyeya; a chance to share your heart
Siem o siyeya; to make a brand new start
and watch the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we are all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom,
Dance in the burning flame

Fires burn in silence
Hearts in anger bleed
Wheel of change is turning
For the ones who truly need
to see the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom
Dance in the burning flame

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family.
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom dance in the burning flame

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom dance in the burning flame


songwriter: Susan Aglukark

performed by: Susan Aglukark

date released: 1995 by Susan Aglukark

Born in Churchill, Manitoba, in 1967, Susan Aglukark spent the first twelve years of her life moving around the Northwest Territories with her father, who was a Pentecostal minister, her mother and seven siblings. After graduating from high school in Arviat, Nunavut, Aglukark moved to Ottawa to work for the Department of Northern and Indian Affairs as a linguist. Returning to the Northwest Territories, she began performing in northern Inuit community where she caught the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Aglukark released her first album, "Arctic Rose" in 1992 and soon came her breakthrough album three years later. One track called "O Siem" (Animals) soared to national acclaim and Aglukark was to end the year of 1995 with 2 Juno Awards for New Solo Artist and Music of Canada Aboriginal Recording. Reflecting her Christian roots, she also recorded Amazing Grace in her native language of Inuktituk.

Susan Aglukark has worked tirelessly as a spokesperson for aboriginal and Inuit non-profit youth groups. She promotes the universal ideals of self-respect and strength for all indigenous peoples.

In 2004, she was awarded an honourary DFA from the University of Lethbridge, as well, an LL.D from the University of Alberta. Her highest honour came with being made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005.


O Siem

O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem. The fires of freedom,
Dance in the burning flame
Siem o siyeya; all people rich and poor
Siem o siyeya; those who do and do not know
Siem o siyeya; take the hand of one close by
Siem o siyeya; of those who know because they try
and watch the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom, dance in the burning flame
Siem o siyeya; all people of the world
Siem o siyeya; it's time to make a turn
Siem o siyeya; a chance to share your heart
Siem o siyeya; to make a brand new start
and watch the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we are all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom,
Dance in the burning flame

Fires burn in silence
Hearts in anger bleed
Wheel of change is turning
For the ones who truly need
to see the walls come tumbling down

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom
Dance in the burning flame

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family.
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom dance in the burning flame

CHORUS: O Siem, we are all family
O Siem, we're all the same
O Siem, the fires of freedom dance in the burning flame


songwriter: Susan Aglukark

performed by: Susan Aglukark

date released: 1995 by Susan Aglukark

Born in Churchill, Manitoba, in 1967, Susan Aglukark spent the first twelve years of her life moving around the Northwest Territories with her father, who was a Pentecostal minister, her mother and seven siblings. After graduating from high school in Arviat, Nunavut, Aglukark moved to Ottawa to work for the Department of Northern and Indian Affairs as a linguist. Returning to the Northwest Territories, she began performing in northern Inuit community where she caught the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Aglukark released her first album, "Arctic Rose" in 1992 and soon came her breakthrough album three years later. One track called "O Siem" (Animals) soared to national acclaim and Aglukark was to end the year of 1995 with 2 Juno Awards for New Solo Artist and Music of Canada Aboriginal Recording. Reflecting her Christian roots, she also recorded Amazing Grace in her native language of Inuktituk.

Susan Aglukark has worked tirelessly as a spokesperson for aboriginal and Inuit non-profit youth groups. She promotes the universal ideals of self-respect and strength for all indigenous peoples.

In 2004, she was awarded an honourary DFA from the University of Lethbridge, as well, an LL.D from the University of Alberta. Her highest honour came with being made an Officer in the Order of Canada in 2005.


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Quiz #: 2949
Inuk Susan Aglukark was born in Churchill, Manitoba. Here she is performing her first single hit, "O Siem".
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Low Intermediate

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