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How Fred Brown Shot His Finger (Hupa Stories, Anecdotes, and Conversations, text #3)

De:-xwi
here
wiłdung'
yesterday
'una:n'-do:
it was
yo:t
over there
'aywin't'e:n'-e'
it happened
k'iwiłda'ułchwin
crows
dahwinde:tł'.
flew down, alighted

Just yesterday it was, some crows came flying down over there.

Haya:ł
then
ung'
it was
hay wha:wh
my nephew
'a:ch'ondehsne',
thought
"We:wun-te:,
I'm going to kill them
yinehłyun-tehł
they eat up (future)
ye:y
there
diywho'".
things

My nephew thought, "I'm going to kill them; they'll eat everything up."

Hay
It
'aywin't'e:n'-e
happened
hay
the
k'ila:ch'onde'
walnut (trees)
miq'it
on them
dahwinde:tł'.
they alighted

Then they flew down onto his walnut trees.

Haya:ł
then
ung'
it was
xontah
house
me'
into
yehna'widyay,
he went back in
'a:ch'ondehsne'
he thought
"Ts'ok!",*
OK
ch'e'ninta:n
he took out
hay
the
ts'iłting'.
rifle

He went back into his house and thought, "O.K., this is it!", and got out his rifle.


Haya:ł
then
'a'de:ne',
he said
"Da:ydi-xw
where are
hay
the
dinday?
bullets

Then he said, "Where are the bullets? Someone seems to have removed them!"

Dungwho'
someone
ch'e:na'nilay
has taken them out
e:
of there
xolung!"
it seems

Someone seems to have removed them!"

Haya:ł
then
hay
the
tsumehstł'o:n
woman
'a'de:ne',
said
"Hay
the
xo'osday
man
'una:n'-do:
it was
ch'e:na'nilay."
(who) took them out

His wife said, "My husband took them out!"

Haya:ł
then
xowilik
telling her
ch'ide:n',
he said
"Keh
let me
yehnawhliwh!
put them in

Then he told her, "Let me put them in!

'iwhwung'
I'm going to kill
hay-yo:w
those (birds)
miq'it
on (the trees)
da'undil-e:,
(which) are there, alighting
k'ila:ch'onde'-ne'en
the walnuts (past)
yayniłyeh!"
they are eating them up

I'm going to kill those things flying down there, they're eating up the walnuts!"

Haya:ł
then
ung'
it was
xowa:na'ulay,
she gave them to him
ch'e'nilay,
he took them out
yehna'wilay,
he put them in
hayah
there
ya'wehs'a'
he sat down
min'day'
outside
wut-ch'ixowilyung'
he watched for
hay
the
dahna:wididetł'-te:.
(ones who) fly back down (future)

She gave them to him, and he took them out, put them in the rifle, and sat down outside the house watching for the birds to come back.

Haya:ł
then
diywhe'eh
nothing
do:
not
dahna:dxits,
it flew down
yitse'n wing'a'-e:y.
it got late in the afternoon

Not a one flew down, and it got late in the afternoon.

Haya:ł
then
'a:ch'ondehsne',
he thought
"Q'ut
now
xowh
I guess
do:ng'
it is
do:
not
nundidetł'-te:,
they return (future)
keh
let me
nawhdiya'!"
go back

Then he thought, "I guess they're not coming back now; I'll go back in."

Haya:ł
then
yehna'widyay,
he went back in
ch'e:na'ning'a:n
he took out again
hay
the
diywho'
thing
me'
inside
sa'a:n,
(which) lies
hay
the
dinday
bullets
me'
in
na:k'iwilwe:l.
which they are kept

He went back in the house, and took out the bullet clip.

Haya:ł
then
na:na:'ustsis-te:
he hung it back up (future)
hay
the
ts'iłting',
rifle
de:di-de:
it turned out
ła'
one
me'
in it
wing'a'.
it remained

As he went to hang the rifle back up, it turned out there was one bullet still in it.

Na:na:'ustsis-mił,
he hung it up when
ła'ay-xw
suddenly
xola'
his hand
me'
in
k'iwimut',
it went off
hay
the
xola'
his hand, fingers
mine:jit
middle one
miq'it dahna:diwing'a'.
on it - it stuck on top (it was shot)

When he hung it up, it suddenly went off and shot his middle finger.

Haya:ł
then
'a:whiłch'ide:ne'
they told me
...
'aywin't'e:n'-e
it happened
...
ya'xotehłte:n
they took him
k'ima:w-ch'iłchwe:
medicine maker (doctor)
mich'ing'.
to

Then, they tell me, the took him to the doctor.

Haya:ł
then
hay
the
xola'
finger
xoh
in vain
'a:ch'ondehsne',
he thought
"Do: xoling
not possible
gya'a:y
it seems
dahk'it'us!"
to cut it off

Then, he thought of the finger, "They can't possibly cut it off!"

Xoh
in vain
wun-na:'usde:tł
they tried to do something about it
do:-tah
perhaps
de:
now
xola'
his finger
dahk'it'a:ts',
they have cut it off
do:
not
'o:lts'it.
we know

But they couldn't do anything about it, and perhaps they've already cut it off--we don't know.