Mi'kmaq Tradition: Ko'jua

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About this Song

In this selection, Noel P. Denny sings two Ko'jua songs. This song genre is at least two hundred years old1 and is often heard in private and community celebrations.

Ko'jua, 1978. Noel Pol Denny. T-1076. Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.

About the Artist

Noel P. Denny was born in February, 1910, and was the son of Peter Denny of Eskasoni and Helen (Sylliboy) Denny. Noel was known as Noel Pol and was a kind and well respected elder of Eskasoni. He was the brother of the late Annie Cremo, and like Annie and others within his family, he was well versed in Mi'kmaq Prayers and traditional Mi'kmaw songs. He was well known for singing Ko'jua, the traditional Mi'kmaw dance song and he shared his knowledge of traditional songs and prayers with anyone wishing to learn. Ko'jua is a song genre meant to encourage everyone to come on the floor and dance. This song is significant to Mi'kmaw social gatherings and is still widely sung today.

Noel Pol died on March 26, 1981 at the age of 71.