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Formula of Medicine for Going Among Rattlesnakes*
*Told at Hupa, October 1902, by McCann.

ch'ixolchwe:-ding
At Tcexo:ltcweding
do:-ch'iwehsyo'
he did not like it.

While at Tcexo:ltcweding Yi:mantu:wingyai felt dissatisfied with something.

duxwe:di-gya'awh
"How
na:nił-ne'
must they live,"
ch'ondehsne'
he thought.

"How will the people live?" he thought.

ch'itehsyay
He started out.
hayah-mił
And
yiduqi-q'eh
along the Klamath
wha:
sun
na:na:'ida:wh
it went down
mił
then
te'indil
they flew along
miłtsah-xosin
rattlesnakes
mich'ile'-xole:n
wings they have.

He started out and walked up along the Klamath. When the sun went down, rattlesnakes which had wings flew about.

hayah-mił
And
ch'ite:we'ing'il
he looked about as he went along
hay
that one
ch'iqa:l
walking.
'a:ch'ondehsne'
He thought,
daydi-gya'awh
"What kind
mitł'ow'
its medicine
'iwhchwe:
shall I make?

He looked about as he went along and thought, "What kind of medicine shall I make?"

hayah-mił
And
'a:ch'ondehsne'
he thought
q'a:xis*
kaxus
'ungya'
he saw
k'isxung
standing.

He saw a bush of Philadephus standing there.

hay
That
k'iwa'ischwit
he broke off.
nulxich
Rings
ch'iswchwe'n
he made.
hay
That
k'itehłtits'
he used for a cane.

He broke off a shoot, made rings around it, and used it for a cane.

'a:ch'ondehsne'
He thought,
tł'o:q'-na:sa'un-ding
"Prairie it lies place
'a:dina:tse
ahead of myself
mił
with it
k'ite:sehłtsahs-te:
I will whip,"
ch'ondehsne'
he thought.

"When I come to Lo:knasaunding, that lies ahead of me," he thought, "I will whip the air with it."

hayah-mił
And
tł'o:q'-na:sa'un-ding
prairie it lies place
yisin-ch'in
toward the west
ch'e'ningyay
he came out
mił
then
'a:dina:tse
ahead of himself
k'itehłtsa:s
he whipped.

When he came out into the prairie at Lo:knasaunding he whipped about himself with the cane.

hayah-mił
And
diywhe'eh
nothing
do:-ch'iłtsa:n
he found.

He found nothing there.

ła'ay-xw
At once
xowh
it seems
'aht'ing
all
hay
that
mił
with
ch'isehłwe:n
he had killed.

He had killed them all immediately.

hayi-q'
"This way
'a:winehł-te:
it will happen,"
ch'ondehsne'
he thought,
hay-de:t
"this
whe:
my
whitits'e'
cane
ch'itehstun-de'
if he takes along.

"This is the way it will happen," he thought, "if any one takes my cane along.

xoh
Even if
me:tsah-xosin-ding
dangerous places
ch'itehsya:-te
he goes
hay-de:t
this
whe:
my
whitits'e'
cane
ch'itehstun-de'
if he takes along,
do:-xoling ch'iłtsis
he will not see
miłtsah-xosin
rattlesnakes.

He will go through dangerous places if he carries my cane, and he will not see rattlesnakes."