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The Coming of White Men*
*Told at Hupa, July 1902, by the wife of Dan Miskût. She was born at Medilding and lived there until her marriage. She appears to be about 75 years old. Her younger brother at the time of this incident was a small child. He was hid in a storage basket. He now has the appearance of a man of 65 or 70 years.

hay
The
ch'idung'
first time
tehł'a:ch'*
pack-train came
miky'a:-ch'ing'
away from them
tsiyuntehsdilde:tł'
we went.

When they first came along with a pack-train we ran away and hid.

me'dilding
Medilding
yiduq
east
nił'a:ch'
they came.
haya:ł
And
xontah-ch'ing'
houses among
na[:]k'isde:tł'
they came around.

They came up on to the flat east of Medilding and went around among the houses of the village.

diniwh
Manzanita
miwidwa:de'
its flour
yo:xeh-xowinse'n
they all began to buy
łitsowi-ch
blue beads
[-ji] mił*
with.

They began to buy Manzanita flour with small blue beads.

hay
Those
xoje:'
their hearts
ya'tilte:-tah
were strong
mił-wa:ya:k'indilay
traded with them.

Those with brave hearts traded with them.

me:lah
Some
'e:ng'
it was
tsiyuntehsdilde:tł'
we ran away from them.

Some of us ran away from them.

mije'e:din
Babies
'e:ng'
it was
je:lo'
storage basket
yehch'iwime:tł'
they put in.

The babies were hid in the storage baskets.

hayahujit
And then
yinuqi
south
tehł'a:ch'
they went.
hayah
There
yinuqi-yima:n-ch'ing'
south across the river
xwe:ya:lwe:tł'
they spent the night.

They went across the river south of Medilding and camped for the night.

hayah-mił
And
xo'ch*
real
[-ji] łing'**
dogs
yo:xeh-na:na:k'isde:tł'
to buy they came back.
mił-ch'ohłwul-ch
Little axes
[-ji] mił*
with
ch'o:ya[']te:xe:t
they began to buy.
haya:ł
And
ya:ywingya'n
they ate them.

They came back the next day and traded hatchets for the native dogs which they ate.


ła'
One
wha:ne:
only
yide:ya:lwe:tł'
they spent a night
mił
then
q'ut
hun'
the river
yinuq
up
tehł'a:ch'-e:
they went with pack-train.

After remaining only one night they went up the river with their train.