Hupa Online Dictionary and Texts



The First Ones (VP-190408-11)

dahungwho'-dun'-din-do'n
ch'itindil

A long time ago it happened, they were coming along.

sa'a:
ya'de:lts'e'
yima:n

A long time they lived across (the sea).

hayah
ya'de:lts'e'
sa'a:-din-ding
haya:ł
[-ding]

There they lived for a long time and then...

hay
k'isdiyun
me:lah
ya'te:diya'n
do:-ya:ya'winde:tł'
sile'n
haya:ł
[-ding]

the old people, some of them, they were getting elderly (couldn't travel any more) and then...

mine:jixomił
'a:ya'de:ne'
k'ite:t'aw
ya'ne:ł'e'n
'a:ya'de:ne:
yo:w
yima:n
gyun'
ninis'a:n
ye:

after a while the Indian doctors had a vision and said: "Hey, there's land way over there!"

haya:ł
ya'ne:'ił'e'n
hayah
ch'o:ne'
ninis'a:n
do:ng'
te:'idwul
mine:jixomił

And then they thought the land disappeared (under the water) every now and then,

haya:ł
'a:ya'de:'ine'
mine:jixomił
do'n
ya:na:'idwul
haya:ł
ta'na:n
wa:nunde'ile'

and then they told each other after awhile the land came up and then the water ran off of it.

haya:ł
do'n
dungwho'
xolisch
na'wa:-de'
dahch'idiwinła:t-te:

And then if somebody can run really fast, they can run (across to where the land is).

yo:w
yima:n
ch'iningła:d-e:-te:

Way across there they could make it.

"hay
ninis'a:n
ya:silay
dahwixil"
ya:ch'ondehsne'

"That land lying there is floating," they thought.

haya:ł-q'ut
me:ya'k'iwiłtiw
k'iye:-ding
ya'ne:ł'e'n

Then they started measuring it (the time the land stays up) over again, they're watching it (every day).

ch'o:ya:łts'it
hay
dahundi-mił
te:'idwul
haya:ł
hay
dahundi-mił
ya:na'idwul

They learned when it (the land) comes up and when it goes back down.

haya:ł
...
dahxo:da'awh
xowinse'n

They started running.

to:-me'
'aht'ing
łich'iwh-q'it
haya:ł
mine:jixomił-q'ut
ya'tilte'
ya'wilchwil

Along the beach all of them on the sand, they are strong, they are young people.

'a:ya'de:ne'
"nisah-do:ng'
ya:xo:te:da'awh-q'ut
haya:ł
do'ng
dahya:xo:diwinda'un-te:"

And then they said: "A long ways we are running now, now we are going to run" (we've practiced, and now we're ready to run).

haya:ł-q'ut
'a:ya'de:ne'
"ninis'a:n
ya:dwa'tł'-tehł"

And then they said: "The land is starting to raise!"

haya:ł-q'ut
ya:dwa:tł'-mił
dahch'idiwidgit
dunłungwho'n
dahdiwinła:t

And then when it started to come up several of them started to run, took off running as a group.

ninis'a:n
na:ła'
dahwila:l
hayah
xo:ning'a:n-e:y

A different land was floating there, they came running up to it, they say.

haya:ł
hayah
ya'de:lts'e'
midiłwa:
ya'ne:ł'e'n
hay
dahundi-mił

And then they stayed there, they studied it to see at what time...

k'iye:
ya:na:dwa'tł'-te:
hay
tehna:dwa:tł'
haya:ł

...it's going to raise back up again, what (the land which) disappeared (under the water).

haya:ł
k'iye:-ding
dahxo:diwing'a:n
k'iye:
ninis'a:n
dahwila:l
hayah
me:ya:xo:ning'a:n
hayah
k'iye:
ya'de:lts'e'

And then when they ran across again, the next floating land (island) they ran to it, they stayed/camped there.

hayi-xw
'a:ya't'ing-xw
yiwiding-hit
yima:n
ya'an-ch'ing
na:ya'[ningde:tł']

They kept doing this, across and back across they kept running (until they got to the mainland).

xo:ning'a:n-e:y

They got there.

hayah
'ungya'
ninis'a:n
dahungwho'o-xw
'ułkyow
sa'ung

Right there (they realized) was a huge (in size) body of land lying there (not floating).

haya:ł
hayah
tsit
ya'de:lts'e'

And there they stayed for awhile.

haya:ł
diywho'-ji
ya'ne:ł'e'n
łung-xw-'unt'e:
diywho'
k'iwiyul
ting
xole:n
diywho'
ło:qi-ne'in

There was all kinds of food there, like even salmon...

ya:'iłkit

...they caught it

haya:ł
[-ang']

and then

ya'te:ng'e'n
diywho'
k'ikine'
nikya:w
na:ya:di'e:tł'
'a:ya'de:ne'
"me'dil
do:ng'
yahsdilchwin'-te:"

there were big trees there, they said: "we will make canoes."

haya:ł-q'ut
wun-na:ya:'usde:tł'
hayah
ya'de:lts'e'
mine:jixomił

They worked on them, they stayed there. After awhile...

me:lah-'e:n'
dahna:xo:diwing'a:n
na:yima:n
na:xo:ndi'a:n-e:y
'a:ya'de:ne'
"ninis'a:n
tin
nikya:w
sa'ung-xola:n

then some of them returned (to where they came from) and they said: "There's a big body of land over there, we found.

haya:ł
hayah-ch'ing'
'aht'ing
ya:te:se'ł-te:"

And over there is where we should all go."

me'dil-a:ng'
wun-na:ya'dil

They were working on (building) canoes.

haya:ł
k'iye:
ya'wilchwil

And then again young people...

ła:n
ch'itehsyay
midiłwa:[-xw]
dahxo:diwing'a:n
hay
ninis'a:n
dahwilahł-ding
[ya'niwing]

...then more people left to where the (island) is floating.

ya'ninde:tł'-e:y
k'iye:
na:ła'a-ch'ing'
ya'niwindił-xw
yiwdin-de:-xw
ya'un-ch'ing
ya'ninde:tł'[-e:y]

They went from island to island like the people did before them, and finally they arrived at the mainland.

ła:n
ch'iningyay
ya'wilchwil

Then a lot of people came, young people.

haya:ł-q'ut
wun-na:ya:'usde:tł'
hay
me'dil
ya:'uschwin'-te:
haya:ł

They worked on the canoes that they (the first people who came across) were making and then...

me'dil
te:le'n
yiwiding-hit
hayahujid
na:yima:n
na:ya'tehłqe:t
sile'n
ya:xołdiniwił'a'

after a while, it became a canoe and then they learned how to row the boats.

haya:ł
hay-yo:w
[me:lah
na:ya'dił-ding
hayah]
na:ya'nde:tł'-e:y

And then over there (back on the other side) they arrived back there (in canoes).

haya:ł
'a:ya'de:ne'
"me:lah-'e:n'
ła'ay-xw-q'ut
tin
do:-xokyun-ya:xole:n
do:-heh
'a:ya:ch'ondehsne'
keh
na:yaydił
na:yima:n
ya:xoxa:
hay
xok'isdiya:n'-tah"

And then they said: "(As for) some people (that came across), they really (in a big way) don't have any common sense. They never thought 'Hey, let's go back after them,' their elders."

hay-'e:n'
da:ywho'owh
xe'e'xo:te:'a:n-e:
yo:wi-q'it
do:-'o:na:lts'it'

As for them, they took off running somewhere, don't know where.

haya:ł
ya:xwe:n-'e:n'
hay
k'isdiyun
mixa:
na:ya'unde:tł'

And then as for them, they came back after their elders (these people who came back across).

haya:ł
xowh-do:ng'
hay
xwa:na:ya'way

And then I guess he is their leader,

łiwun
hay
de:-nohq'it-xwa-'un-ching'
ch'ixine:wh
haya:ł
'a:ya:xołch'ine:
"hayah
wohdil-e:-te:
haya:ł
ninis'a:n-'ung'
hayah

the one who prays/preaches for them. and then he tells them "There you will go. And there is land...

naxa:-sa'a:n
nohninis'a:n
silin'-te:
hay
de:wohłts'e'-tehł-ding"

...there for you. It will become your land, the place where you will live."

haya:ł-q'ut
hay
mich'ing'
ya'widil
[ya'xowile:l]
haya:ł-q'ut
me'dil-me'-tah
'aht'ing
k'isdiyun
yehwinyay
diywho'
'aht'ing

And then they are going toward it (the land), and into the canoes the old people put in all of their (stuff, belongings).

mije'e:din-tah
hayahujid
na:ya'xosxe'

Children too (in addition to old people), then they started transporting them across.

sa'a:-ye:
xowh-do:ng'
ya'dehłts'e:-xw
hayah
diywho'
xontah-tah
ya'tehłme'n

A long time they were staying there. And they built houses.

łe:we:na:wh-xw
ya:xona:

They lived there waiting (for everyone to come across).

'aht'ing
ch'iningyay
yiwidin-hit
ya'un-ch'ing[-xw
]

All of them came across after awhile.

haya:ł
hay
na:mitł'a'-ding
sahwinde'n

And then after that they started travelling.

de:-xw
yitsin'
hay
to:-me'
yidah-ch'ing
ch'itindil

Going south along the coast they travelled.

xowh
do:ng'
dunłunwho'-ding
me:nundiyay
ch'itindił-xw

For many years they travelled that way...

mine:jixomił
na:ya'ulye:wh
'e'iliw
ya'de'ilts'e'
hay
da:ywho'-ding
gya'

after some time, they rested -- they lived temporarily in various places (as they travelled, during the winter).

haya:ł
k'iye:
na:xwe'ise:l-mił
xowh
do:ng'

Again when it gets warm (they say)...

xay-hit
ya'de'ilts'e'
jahda:
diywho'

in winter time (there's) too much...

nundil-tah
diywho'
xosq'uts'i-ma:n

snow and things, it gets cold, for that reason.

haya:ł
ya'te'indil
haya:ł
de:-xw
yidah-ch'ing
ya'widil

Then they go, they're travelling from the north southward.

yiwidin
dahwilahł-ding
mino:ng'ay'-ding
ya'ninde:tł'-e:y

Finally, they came near Eureka.

haya:ł
hay
xwa:ya'qa:l
'a'de:ne'
"digyun-do:ng'

And then the leader said: "Right here!

hay
de:di
miq'eh
ya:ydil-e:-te:
hay
nilin"

...we're going to follow this stream here."

haya:ł-q'ut
...
hayi-xw
"'a:yaydiyah-te:

And then they said "Okay, we will do that."

haya:ł
me:lah
ya'te:diya'n
sile'n
xo'ji-xw

And then some of them got older, quite old.

haya:ł
'a:ya'de:ne'
"nehe:-'e'n
digyung
ya:wehsdilyo'

And then they said, "As for us, we like it here.

digyung
ya:dehsdilts'e'-te:"

We're going to live right here."

haya:ł
'a:ya:xołch'ide:ne'
"[do:-me:ya'-do:n']
de:-nohq'it-xw-mił
do:-me'de:din
digyung
de:sohłts'e'

And then he told them: "He who is above us doesn't want you to live here (in Blue Lake).

ya:ydil-e:-te:
hay
ninis'a:n
naxa:
wilchwin'-ding

We're going to go to that land that was made for us.

hayah
de:-ch'ing'
nohoł
ya:de:widilts'e'-e:-te:"

You have to go with us, we'll all live together."

haya:ł-q'ut
hayi-heh
'a:ya'de:ne'

And then, even then they said:

"daw
nehe:
me:ya:wditsa:s
digyung
ya:disilts'e'-te:

"No, we're tired of travelling. We're going to stay right here, we will live here.

łung-xw
'unt'e:
k'iwiyul
xoling
ła'ay-xw-q'ut

There's lots of different kinds of food there, truly.

hun'
che:wilin
da:ywho'

A river comes out there.

hayah
diywho'
ło:qi-tah-xw
na:ya:sehł-te:
diywho'
tł'iwhxa:n-tah
ya:k'iwidyun'-te:

Salmon too are there, we can fish there, other things like eels also we'll eat.

k'iłixun-tah
na:ya:dił"

Deer also are walking around there."

haya:ł-q'ut
yiwiding-hit
xowun-sahya:nde'n

And so after awhile they left them (those who didn't want to travel) there.

hay
nilin-q'eh
yiduq
ya'tehsde:tł'
mitis-ya'winde:tł'

They traveled along that stream ("in the wash of that stream"), up and over the hill.

haya:ł
xwe:ył-q'it
ya'ninde:tł'-e:y
haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
"digyung
midiłwa:
ya:de:widilts'e'-te:
tsit

Then they arrived at Redwood Creek and then he (their leader) said, "We can stay here for awhile.

mitis
'ung'
ninis'a:n
mitis-yayde'tł'-te:
hay
wohdił-ch'ing'

We're going over the hill to our destination (the place that we are going).

hayah-de'ji
hayah-de'ji
łe:-wohna:wh-e:-te:"

To that place, that's where you shall live/dwell"

haya:ł-q'ut
ya'de:lts'e'
hayah

And then they lived there.

diywho'
k'iłixun-tah
ya'wingwa:n
diywho'
ło:q'-tah
wun-na:ya'usde:tł'

Among other things, they killed several deer and they also worked on (gathering) salmon.

haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
"de:di-q'it
mingya:"
hay
xwa:ya'qa:l
"de:[-ding]
ya:te:se'tł'-te:"

And then their leader said "Now it is time for us to leave."

haya:ł
me:lah
'a:ya:de:ne'
"daw
nehe:-'e'n
do:-me:ya:de:diding
ya:te:dil

and then some of them said "No, as for us, we don't want to leave.

digyung
ya:dehsdilts'e:
wint'e:-te:"

We will always live here."

haya:ł
hay
xwa:ya'qa:l
'a:ya:xoł-ch'ide:ne'
"de:-nohq'it-mił
do:-me'de:din
digyung
de:sohłts'eh

And then the leader told them: "The Creator doesn't want you to live here.

hay
ninis'a:n
[nah]
nohwa'ning'un-ding
haya:-ch'ing'
wohdil-e:-te:

You have to keep going to that land he has given you.

haya:ł
do:-tehsohde'tł'-de'...

And then if you don't go...

...do:-xoling'
xowa'ni
ya:n'
'ohliw
digyung
de:sohłts'e:
wint'e:-te:

you won't be part of the ones who went over the hill anymore.

haya:ł
diywho'
naha:
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e:
ch'ischwin'-te:

Over there, whatever you need he (the Creator) will make for you.

hayah
ya:ne'tł'-ding
haya:ł
hayah
de:sohłts'e:
wint'e:-te:
nohni[ni]s'a:n'
silin'-te:"

You will always live at that place where we arrive, it will become your land."

"daw"
ya'de:ne'
"digyung
nehe:-'e'n
ya:dehsdilts'e:-te:"

"No!" they said. "As for us, we will always live here."

haya:ł-q'ut
'a:ya:xołch'ide:ne'
"xa'-do:n'

And then he told them, "Okay!

haya:ł
do:n'
do:-xoling
miwa'n
'ohliw
na:tini-xw
hay
ch'itindil

And then you won't become part of the people going to Hoopa Valley

digyung
de:sohłts'e:
wint'e:-te:

You'll always live here (in Redwood Creek).

haya:ł
diywho'
na:lto'n-tah
silin'-te:
diywho'
ch'idilye:-tah
do:-xoling

And then, what will become some dances like the jump dance, no more (they won't be for you)!

hayah
te:sohł'e'n

You watch from over there (in Redwood Creek, not in Hoopa Valley)

do:-xoling
minłung
dohłye:-tah
na:tini-xwe:
wha:ne:
xwa:ya:silin'-te:"

You can't dance (in the dances), they will be for Hupas only."

haya:ł-q'ut
sahwinde'n

And then they left (the people going over the hill).

me:lah-'e:n'
q'it
hayah
łe:we:na:wh
ya:xoma:lyo'-ne'n-'e:n'

Even some of their relatives (of the ones who stayed behind) left.

'iłma:lyo'
'a:ya'unt'e:-xosing

They (Hupa and Redwood Creek people) are still related to each other.

haya:ł
na:tini-xw
mitis
ch'itindil

And then over (the hill) to Hupa they came.

hayah
ninis'a:n
ya'ułtsa:n-e:y

And then (all of a sudden) they saw the valley.

haya:ł-ch'in
[yinaq]-ch'in'-ch'ing'
na:tin[i-xw]
xontah
xwa:-na:q'it-te:l-e:y
hayah

And (they built) several houses from there towards downriver and then...

łe:we:na:wh
hayah-mił
me'dilding
na:tse:ding
łe:we:na:wh
xowh
do:ng'

(They settled) from there at Me'dilding, toward the first place (where they started to build) I guess it was.

yo:w
yinuq-xoliwh-xw-ding

in the area up the river

hay
ta'na:n
mina:di
nilin-ding
'a:ya'de:ne'

where the river comes around the land, they said:

"yo:w-na'
dilxich-ye:
minin'-nehwa:n-e:"
haya:ł
[-ding]

"There! It looks like a fawn's face!" And then...

'a'de:ne'
"hayah-do'n'
noh-ni[ni]s'a:n'
silin'-te:
hay
dilxich-minin'-ta:ng'a:-ding

he (the leader) said, "There, it will become your land, 'Fawn's-face-sticking-out-place' (we'll call it)."

haya:ł
mine:jixomil
na:ła'-xw
'a:na'wehsye'

After awhile they called it something different.

hayah
diyshta:ng'a:-ding
'o:na:wehsye'.
hayah
sa'a:
łe:we:na:wh

It came to be called Diyshta:ng-'a:ding. They lived there for a long time.

hayahujit
hay
na:mitł'a'-ding
de:-xw
hun'-ide'
sa'winde'n

And then they went along downriver.

me:lah
haya:ł
'a:ya'de:ne'
"digyung
nehe:
ya:dehsdilts'e'-te:"

Some said, "As for us, we will live here."

me'dilding
ya'wehsyo'

They liked me'dilding.

hayah
me:lah
sa'winde'n
łe:we:na:wh

There some of them moved.

haya:ł
yide'-ding
yiwiding[-hit]
ta'k'imiłding.

Then further downriver, finally (they came to) ta'k'imiLding.

hayah
me:lah
ya'wehsyo'
hayah
ya'de:lts'e'

Some of them liked it there, they lived there.

haya:ł
hayi-do:ng'
xwa:-na:ya:'uschwe'n
hay
diywho'
ch'idilye:-tah
[haya:ł
hayah-mił]

He (the Creator) made the dances for them.

haya:ł
'aht'ing-'e:n'
ła'ay
'a:ya:'unt'e:-ne'n

At one time they were all one people/tribe.

hayah
'a:ya'de:ne'
"xwe:ył-q'it-xwe:
do:-xoling
yidilye:

And he said "Redwood Creek people (xwe:ył-q'it-xwe:) can't dance."

"hay-'e:n'"
de:-noh-q'it-mił
'a'de:ne'
"do:-xoling
xwe:ył-q'it-xwe:
hayah
ts'isye:n

"As for them," the Creator said: "Redwood Creek people can't stand (on holy ground).

do:-ma:wilchwe:n

It's not made for them.

ninis'a:n
chwin'-da:ya'wiłtin'-te:"

They would ruin the world (if they go against the Creator's law)."

haya:ł
hay-yima:n
dahungwho'-dung'
do:-wilchwe:n-ne'n
xwe:ył-q'it-xwe:
yidilye:

For that reason, a long time ago it wasn't done for Redwood Creek people to dance.

yo:w-xw-ding-mił
hijit
ya'te:'e'in'-ne'in

They could (only) watch from a distance.

haya:ł
hayi-xw-mił
na:tini-xw
na:'usde:tł'
k'iwinya'n-ya:n

And that's how people started living in Hoopa.

haya:ł
de:di-ye:
hay
noh-ni[ni]s'a:n
wilchwe:n
hayah
ya:dehsdilts'e'-te:-ne'n

Even today, we're supposed to live on this land that was made ours (given to us).

[...]
łung-xw-'unt'e:
noh-q'it
yehwinde:tł'

Others have come in (on top of us).

haya:ł
dahungwho'
do:-ch'o:nahłts'it
hay
[da]xwe:di-xowh
ya:ne:de:tł'
na:tini-xw

Nobody knows how we came to Hoopa (anymore).