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Verdena's Grandmother's Job as a Nanny (VP-131007-08)


I can go ahead and tell the story, OK? This is about my grandmother, who was a nanny to a Colonel Dougherty when it was soldier occupation on the Hupa reservation.

mine:jixomił
na:lte'
na'wing'a'
hayah
na:'uste:
xowh
do'n
mije'e:din
wut-ch'ixo:lya'n

she got the job, there she worked, I know (from her telling) she was watching after a child.

misGiy'ts
ya:ng'ay-ji-nehwa:n
hay
mije'e:din
haya:ł-q'ut
mine:jixomił
winkya:w-ji
sile'n
nahsya'

small child starting to sit up, it started growing up a little bit, then it started walking

na'ułda'
hay
mije'e:din
haya:ł
me:da'ay-ne:s
'e'n
hay
k'e'iłnay

she packs the child around, and then a Chinaman is the cook

hayah
na:'ulte'
haya:ł
'a:ya:xołch'ide'ine'
ye'ohdił
ky'ohyung

he worked there, then he would invite them in and tell them to eat. (direct quote, come on in, eat!)

haya:ł
misGiy'ts
miq'it-dahky'a:n
sa'a:n-ding
dahno'indil
hayah
ma'k'i'iłkit
hay
mije'e:din
ya'k'e'iya'n
haya:ł

then there was a small table they sat at, she would feed the child, they would eat

mine:jixomił
q'ut
nahsya'-mił

after awhile it was walking

yixote:'ile'
'ayxołde'ine'
miday'-q'
naydił

it pulls on her and says "let's go!"

haya:ł
miday'-q'
na'udil,
ła'a-ding

then they walk outside. Sometimes

yo:w
xomina:di-tah
xontah
mina:di
na'udil

they walk around the house

haya:ł
mine:jixomił
q'ut
xo'ji-winkya:w
nahsda:wh
hay
kile:xich
haya:ł
'ayxołde'ine'

after awhile it was running all around and then he always tells her

hayi
xodiltsun-te:
hay
xota'
hayah

we're going to see his father at that place

hayah-ch'in'
naydił,
haya:ł
xwe:di-gya'awh-'ung
'a:k'it'e:n
ch'o:'ine'
xontah
nikya:w
sa'a:n

let's go there, then she wondered what's going on in that big house

k'idol
xa:'una:wh-ts'iw
mine:jixomił
diywho'-'owh
dahungwho'-'owh
'a:k'ide'ine'

she hears a big noise, after awhile there's a really loud sound she hears

haya:ł
milgit-xosing-xw-ye:
xoł
'a:niwehst'e'
sile'n

the sound became scary to her (came to be in a scary way to her)

haya:ł
mine:jixomił
'ayxołdiwe:ne'
yixote:wile'
yixolte:wile'
hay
kile:xich

then after awhile he talked to her, the child pulling and pulling on her

'a:diwe:ne'
xone:dil'ing'
hayi
xota'
hayah
ch'ina'n
me'
na'way

he said, let's go look at father, there for sure is where he's at

haya:ł
xa'
do'n
ch'ide:ne'
haya:ł-q'ut
tehłda:wh
xona:tse:
hay
kile:xich
hayah
midunła:t

then, okay she said, then he started running ahead of her up to the door

haya:ł
'ungya'
hayah
ts'isying'

then there was a sudden realization that someone was standing right there

haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
ye'ohdił
digyung
ye'ohdił
ch'ide:ne'

then he said come in, come in he said

haya:ł-q'ut
hayah
yehch'iwinde:tł'

then they went in there

de:di
'ungya'
xwe:di-gya'
'unłung
xo'osday
wha:ne
xontah
me:q'
na:wa:

oh gee, there are only men walking around in there

haya:ł
na'ne:lgit
sile'n
haya:ł

then she got frightened, then

hayah
na'wa:
hay
kile:xich
mita'
haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
q'ut
'e'n
do'n
ye'ohdił
digyung
na:de:'ohłya'
haya:ł
te:soh'ing'

his father is walking around there then he said it's OK, come on in, stand here and you watch

haya:ł
hayah
na'de:lya'

and then they stood there

haya:ł-ch'in
mine:jixomił
k'ijiwolch
nikya:w
ya'a'a:wh
dungwho'-gya'
hayahujit

then after awhile one of them picked up a big ball, and then

tilda:wh
ch'i'iłchwe

they make it roll

te'ima:s
yo:w
te'ima:s
diywho'-'owh
na:di'e:tł'

it started rolling along further away (over there), towards something standing there (ball rolls into them)

me'ima:s-mił
dahungwho'-'owh
k'idol
xa'una:wh
haya:ł
ch'ohłts'it,
'a:ch'ondehsne'

when it rolled into them a big noise came up, then it dawned on her and she thought

hayi
de:-gya'
hay
'a:k'ine:

oh, that's (what's making) the sound

haya:ł
ch'e:na'ninde:tł'
na:ya'tehsde:tł'
na:yinuq

then they went back out, they went to the other house (to the west or left--houses all faced the same way)

haya:ł
na:ya'inde:tł',
hayi...

then they returned back

naya'widil
haya:ł
me:da'ay-ne:s
'e'n
na:'ulte'
miq'it-na:na'ay-e:
ła'ay-xw
ch'ina'n
ting
niwho:n
miq'it-na:na:di'a'
wha:ne
me'
na:k'idił-ne'in

they're coming back, then as for the Chinese, he was working at ironing, he did really good ironing, they only went around in well-ironed clothes

haya:ł
miq'it-dahky'a:n-q'it
dahsid'ut'-tah
ła'ay-xw
q'ut
dists'e:n
łiqay
mina:t
ya:silay
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e
k'iwitł'o:n

the linens (tablecloths) are all stiff and white, there was lace on the edges

hayahujit
xong
dahch'e'iliwh
diywho'
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e:
dahch'itixa:wh
ła'ay-xw-q'ut
tin
ne'iwho'n-e:

he always puts all kinds of flat things and containers (onto the table), he puts them up there, she sees all that stuff from a distance and thinks it looks so good

haya:ł
ya:xwe:n
'e'n
do: ye'indił
ya'xołchwe:

then as for them (her and the boy) they (the parents) are not letting them (grandma and child) in there

haya:ł
hayah
k'e:'iłna:-ding
wha:ne:
hayah
dahya:ya'a'e:tł'
ya'k'e'iya'n

and then right there, it's only there in the kitchen they can sit up to the table and eat

de:di
'ungya'
hay
yo:w
me:da'ay-ne:s
ta'na:n
ya'iwhiwh

she realizes that the Chinese man sucks up water with his mouth

'aht'in-ding
miq'it-xw

all over the top of it

miq'it-xw

on top of it

'aht'in-ding
[ch'i-]
ch'e'iwhiwh
haya:ł

he uses his mouth to spray this water all over (the biscuits)

hayi
miq'it-xw
'e'iliw-e:
hayahujit
miq'i-na:na'a'a'
hayi-xw
de:ch'in'
hay
'a:niwho:n
haya:ł,
hay...

it (water) gets all over the top of it (the tablecloth), then he irons it, and that's what makes it so good

dists'in
na:lchwe:n

made stiff

mił-dists'i-wilchwe:n
tehnak'iwidxa:n
haya:ł
na:na:ya'uł'e:tl'
haya:ł

it's been soaked in starch and then they hang it up

niłtun'
na:lchwe:n
hayi-xw
haya:ł
miq'i-na:na'a'a'

he softens it back up and then in that way he irons it

haya:ł
xong
'e'n
'ilush
ch'ondehsne'
xoxe'q'e'
wha:ne
xowh

and then as for her, she thought something nasty his saliva is on everything

haya:ł
mine:jixomił
hayi-xw
na:'iya'
haya:ł
tsumehstł'o:n
ya'xo:tehłts'it
xoł
dinił'a'
ya:'uschwe'n
diywho'
[nay...]
na:k'iwilxut'-tah

and then after a while, she'd walk around there, then she started to get acquainted with women, they started teaching her sewing and stuff like that

kya'
no:t'a:ts'-tah
haya:ł-q'ut
na'k'iłxut'
ts'isle'n

also cutting out dresses, she became a seamstress

haya:ł
kya'-tah
ch'i'iłchwe'
me:lah
ya'xo:lchwiw

she would make some dresses sometimes, some people hired her

niwhong-xw
na'k'iłxut'
ts'isle'n
haya:ł

she became a good seamstress, and then

mine:jixomił
yehna'widyay
xolisji

after a time she came back in fast

de:di-'ungya'
me:da'ay-ne:s
ch'ischwin'-xola:n
la'ay-xw-q'ut
tin
niwho:n
de:diwiłiq'
me'
silay
wilchwe:n
haya:ł
ya:na:da:wh

she realized that the Chinese man made [all at once] really good bread sitting in (a pan) and it was rising

hayi
'ungya'
miq'it
dahch'iwingwhe:q'-e:
'aht'in-ding
haya:ł

then she realized that he was spitting all over the top of it, then

do: ch'ilyo'
sile'n
hay
na:mitł'a'-ding
haya:ł
ch'in
'e'n
tin
niwho:n-ne'in
hayi
de:-ch'in
ta'na:n
[ya:w]
ya'iwhiwh
miq'it-xw
'aht'in-ding

she never liked it no more, then it was no longer really good because he would suck up water (and spray it) all over the top

'e'iliw-e:
haya:ł

it has that on it, and then

hayi-ma:n
do: jahda:-din
ch'ita:n
sile'n
haya:ł
xowh
do'n

for that reason, she wouldn't eat very much, and then I guess

mine:jixomił
na'tehsdiy
hay
kile:xich
winkya:w
xo'ji
haya:ł
xowh
do'n

after awhile she left, the boy is getting pretty big, [then I guess]

ta:q'i-din-tah
xowh
do'n
dink'i-din-tah
xowh
do'n
minundiyay
wut-ch'ixolya:n-xw
hay
kile:xich

it could be three years or four years she looked after that boy

hayah-din
do'n
xo'ye:
'a:'udyaw
haya:ł
hay
na'widahł-din
na'te'ida:wh
chwola'-din
nay'iłxa'-mił
na:wilwił-ding

at that time something bad happened to her, when she was going home, she returns back on the fifth day in the evening (Friday night)

hayah
xona:
ts'isda:-xola:n
xo'osday
xo'ye:
'a'xolaw
haya:ł-q'ut

somebody was waiting for her there, he did a bad thing to her, and then

hayah
no:nt'ik'
do'n
do: na:'ulte'
sile'n
hay
na:mitł'a'ding

that's the end of the story, after that she didn't work


That was end of story.