The Chorus of “I Built a Wickiup”

performed by:
Ernestine Cody
White Mountain Apache

“I Built a Wickiup” are the words of Changing Woman, the mythological Apache deity who created the Apache people, traditionally sung by the Apache medicine person as a young women being initiated in the Sunrise Ceremony is painted. A wickiup is a traditional Apache dwelling.

In the beginning there was no wickiup.  So I built a wickiup.