Ani, kabi, lavis, haklis, antip
This is the means of counting in Penobscot Indian language. The numbers are different. To speak of them you would say, "pesek, nis, nas, yeu, paleneski". This rhyme was collected in the 19th century from a Penobscot woman in Old Town, Maine.
The pronunciation for the counting chant is, "Ah'-nee, kah'-bee, lah'-wis, hahk'-lis, untip."
How to use it in the classroom?
Native American music is almost always performed with a steady drum beat. Ask students how a steady beat is kept in the context of a game. You'll probably get a list like this.
Tell the students that these are counting numbers. Have children break into groups and make up games for the rhyme with a steady beat. The game can be for partners or for a group, but only for an individual if you are counting their fingers (for a baby.)
Have the groups share the games they make.
This can be done with children as young as second grade.