The moon of wintertime

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For those interested in music and a little history I must tell you about a wonderful Canadian Christmas carol!  I’m posting it in honour of my brother’s beautiful children who have First Nations status from their mother.

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This haunting hymn is the first North American Christmas carol also called The Huron Carol. It was written by  a young Jesuit priest in 1643, Jean de Brebeuf from Normandy, who came over to New France (Canada), and as a missionary was willing to face death and the unknown, alone, in an unforgiving wilderness.

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Tom Jackson, (North of 60) sings this beautifully with such a deep resonance

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Mountain Manitou

Sadly, we all know the ultimate tragic history of the injustices, suppression of language and culture and near annihilation  of the First Nations Peoples by government and church.

However, at that time in the new world Jean de Brebeuf was full of idealism and compassion as well as zeal.  He lived with the Huron people and wrote this carol as a Huron story  in their own language called Wendat. Hunter braves instead of shepherds hear the angels sing.

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winter dawn

Canadian Tom Jackson, actor, singer, and environmental activist, who is of Metis heritage, is once again bringing the Huron Carole Concert to Defeat Hunger, across Canada this Christmas. I pray that we continue to work toward reconciliation and unity, and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of First Nations people along with that of our own.

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Tom Jackson

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Twas in the moon of wintertime

when all the birds had fled,

That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead…..

 The chiefs from far before him knelt

with gifts of fox and beaver pelt

  An interesting book and movie set in that era  is Black Robe.

49 Comments Add yours

  1. dbp49 says:

    Wow, it had been way too long since I had heard that carol, and I’ve never heard it done quite so well. Thank you very much for the reminder of such a great tune. Happy New Year.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it David!! Thank you! Happy New Year to you!!

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  2. Mountain Manitou looks magic!

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  3. Inspiring combination of images and words. Happy winter holidays.

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    1. and to you Sally!!! Thank you!

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  4. Great post, Cybele. 🙂 It’s always so interesting to learn and you do have a lot to teach. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. oh I should have been a teacher too lizzie lol!!! Blessings this season dear friend!!!

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  5. DG MARYOGA says:

    Captivating post dear Cybele !
    Wonderful images mingled with warm feelings and history ! You greatly honoured your brother’s children and the brave lad Jean de Brebeuf ! I’m writing my comment while listening to Huron Carol ♬♬(◦’⌣’◦)♬♬ … and thinking that thanks to those heroes we enjoy our freedom … Have a brilliant day my friend while waiting for Christmas to come ! Sending Love and Peace your way , Doda 🙂 xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Doda for such a beautiful comment. It makes me happy I posted it. Καλά Χριστούγεννα!!

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        Thanks for being so appreciative dear Cybele and also for your Christmas wishes in Greek !!! You are such a dear 🙂
        Sending Love and Blessings 🙂 ❤

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      2. And I send you the same!! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a positive light!!

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  6. Just absolutely beautiful Cybele. Your photos are, as always, magnificent and just add to the atmosphere of the post. Very interesting history of that lovely and haunting carol. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Linda for your generous comments!! I’m always happy that you have come by- and enjoy the music too!! Season’s Blessings!!

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  7. Thank you for sharing this Christmas Carol. It’s the first I’ve heard it. Great message too.
    Loved the first two images!

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    1. Thanks so much Deborah and I’m glad you liked the carol.

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  8. poppytump says:

    Lovely post Cybele … full of warmth and long ago times …
    What inviting images to other worlds .. always good to hear a new carol too !
    Christmas blessings to you and your family and good wishes for the next year 🙂

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed it Poppy!!! Merry Christmas and blessings to you too!!!

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  9. Roy McCarthy says:

    I had to dash to Wiki to read up more on First Nations, Cybele! Once again a perfect blend of music and some chilly-looking moon pics. Very nice.

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    1. A thousand thanks Roy!! Will your book be coming out in the pdf or Kobo version soon? Seasons blessings to you and yours!

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      1. Roy McCarthy says:

        I think Kobo reads .epub files Cybele? Yes that’s coming. I’m happy to email you a pdf though 🙂 Let me know.

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      2. yes epub I would love to have for my kobo!! 🙂

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  10. didonablog says:

    Lovely story..wonderful photos

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    1. thank you so much for you visit Didona!!! Blessings of the season!

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  11. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful photographs and lovely post as per usual, dear Cybele.
    Love and Peace for this Christmas!. Aquileana 😀

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    1. thank you so much Aquileana and I wish you the same!!

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  12. coolquilting says:

    I love Tom Jackson…I saw him about 30 years ago before he began well established…singing in a small restaurant in downtown Winnipeg.

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    1. so glad someone else knows him!!! I was a big fan of North of 60. And lots of people have never heard that beautiful carol.

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  13. katieprior says:

    Hauntingly beautiful images and an interesting post, thanks for sharing. Wishing you a peaceful holiday. 😊

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    1. So pleased you like them! Thank you Katie and wishing you the same!

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  14. Mark Simms says:

    More beautiful images Cyb…..full of magic and mystery

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    1. what a lovely thing to say!! Thanks so much Mark!

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  15. Maria F. says:

    As usual, beautiful images, I love the first one.

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    1. Maria F. says:

      I’m pretty happy with the Canon 70D, but I plan to continue to follow the Rebel line. I’ve always liked the size of the Rebel.

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    2. thank you Maria!!! blessings of the season!

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  16. lauramacky says:

    I really love this post and especially that first image! In my dreams I can see this around me.

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    1. thank you so much Laura!! That means a lot to me!!

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  17. Nice work by everyone – fitting too as we are having our first bit of snow here in CT.

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    1. oh I always pray for snow as opposed to the dreary winter rain!! Thanks Robert.

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      1. Well this snow will not last until Christmas – that’s for sure.

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  18. Amy says:

    These are remarkable photos, Cybele! Especially love the first one. Enjoy reading the historical info. Merry Christmas to you! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Amy!! And to you too!!

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  19. sixpixx says:

    Beautiful photos. Great post. I’m glad that some recognition is now being made of the arrogant, unjust attitudes and behaviours of our ancestors – not only in Canada but also other places such as Australia.

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    1. Yes, I agree totally. Too much harm was done!! It’s a long road to forgiveness. The stories that have been told of the residential schools and the pain of those who were children and forced to endure the humiliation and abuse is unconscionable and heartbreaking. Though most are old now some never recovered from it. Thank you Six!!!

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  20. suej says:

    Interesting post….and I love that first image.

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    1. thank you Sue!! Glad you liked it. Are you familiar with the carol?

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      1. suej says:

        Actually, no….

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      2. no worries!! Some have heard it- probably over here!! 🙂

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