Song to Arau (Amazon Green Parrot)











“This parrot is not from around here.”

Singer: Eulodia Dagua,  June 2009,   translated by Tod Swanson


This parrot

Is not from around here....


You all look at me

As a parrot from far away

I come from humans (runas)

He is not human  (runa) you say

Looking at me


I am not a chicha drinking man....

I am a man who drinks from bromeliads.....


If you all get mad at me

and don’t show me any chicha.....

I say that the rain

in the bromeliads is my chicha

The bromeliad rain water

is my chicha I say


If you all get mad

and do not give me to drink

I am not a man from around here

I came from down river to stay here

Bromeliad parrot man

I am not human (runa)

I am a parrot man

A parrot from down river who stayed here


If you all get angry

I have my drink

If you all get angry

I have my drink.


Cai arau tagaya

mana caimandachu

mana caimandachu ya

ñucataga canguna ricuwanguichi yari

carumanda araumi

runamanda  

mana runa nishachu.  

Canguna ricuwangui

ñuca mana asuawatas upic runachu aniya

asuwata mana upic chaniya

ñucagaya quilticai upic runama ani

ñucaga piruwanumanda caibi saquirishami

casna tiyarirani ,

ñucagaya mana arauchu araniya

ñucaga asuwatas manaya

cangunalla pinasha , ñucataya, ñucata 

mana asuwataga ricuchiwanguichu

asuwata asuwataya

kiltica tamia,

ñuka asuwa nikani

kuiltica tamia asuwalla nicani

kangunata pinasha mana upichiwaichichu

mana caimandallaya runacharani ñuca gaya

ñucaga piruwanumandami saquirirani

kiltica arau runaga

mana runachu arani

arau runami arani

uraimanada araumi caibi saquirirani

cangunallas piñapi

upinata charini

cangunallas pinapi,

upinata charini

quillticai ñuca jaya upisha

tucui tutamandalla

tagarilla maniya imawata

cai arauga quilticai asawayu iyari

nishachari niwangui

ñuca gaya upisha wayu rirauni