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Creation of Animals (VP-080309-03)

dahungwho'-dung'-ding-ding-dung'
do'on

a long long time ago

ch'ixolchwe-dung'
'ulye

in what is called the time of stories

hay
donq'a'
k'iwinya'a:n
de:xwo-tah
na:dił-ding'

before the humans were walking around in this place

xontehł-taw-tah
wha:ne
na:ya:dił-ne'in

only coyote along with other animals was there

hay
ch'ischwe'n
hay-de:di
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e
naha
na:'ischwe'n

the creator created everything that is here for us

de:-nohq'it
ts'isday

he who was living in the sky

haya:ł
diywhe'eh
do:-na:wa:-ne'in
k'ikine'
diywho'
łung-xw-'unt'e
q'ut
'unt'e-ne'in.
"ting
niwinwho'n"
ch'ondehsne'

and then there wasn't anything walking about, nothing made a sound. There was a lot of variety of trees and greenery. "It looks really good," (the creator) thought.

haya:ł
'a:ch'ondehsne'
"'isdo'
diywho'
...

and then he thought "I wish there was something ...

...
na:dił
haya:ł
k'iłixun-tah
'isdo'
na:dił
sa:ts'-tah"

... running around, like deer, I wish bear was running around"

haya:ł
q'ut
hay
'aht'ing
ch'itehłchwe:n
sile'n

so then he created the animals

haya:ł
ch'iningyay
ch'ixoniłte:n
'a'de:ne'
"nin
do'n
yima:nek'iwungxoya:n
hay-de:di
miningxat'e:n'
sile'n-te
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e"

and then (the creator's helper) came, the creator brought him, and he (the creator) told him, "as for you, old man from across the sea, you will become the boss of everything here"

"haya:ł
hay
wha
'ulleh-te
hay
'a:nił-de:n'-te"

"and then you're going to do for me what I tell you."

haya:ł
"q'ut
do'on!"
ch'ide:ne'

and so "okay" he said

haya:ł
ninis'a:n
nikya:w
na:da'ay-ding
hayah
yehk'ingqot
xola'-mił

and then where a big mountain was standing there, he [the creator] poked a hole with his finger

haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
"digyung
don'
ch'e:nehł'a:ch-te
diywho'
łang-xw
'unt'e"

and then (the creator) told his helper, "right here there's going to be all kinds of animals coming out."

"haya:ł
hay
'o:ngwhe'-te
haya:ł"

"and (when they come out), you're going to name them"

"xots'e:q'it
dah-ya:k'iwint'us'ił-te"

"you're going to cut their umbilical cord one by one, (consecutively as the emerge)"

haya:ł
"q'ut
do'n"
ch'ide:ne'
haya:ł

and then "okay" he said

tse
łiqay
tsehłqay
ya'wilay

he (the creator's helper) picked up white quartz blades

haya:ł
hayah
no'nilay

and he put them down there ...

...
hay
ch'e:-k'iwes'un-ding
haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
"ch'e:ninyahwh!"

where the hole comes out, and then he said, "come on out!"

ła'ay-xw
q'ut
sa:ts'
ch'e:ninyay

at once a bear came walking out

xots'e:q'it
dahk'int'a:ts'

he cut the umbilical cord

"yo:w-xw
nunya!"
xoł-ch'ide:ne'
sa:ts'
nolye-te"

"go walk around someplace" he told him, sa:ts' (bear) will be your name.

haya:ł
q'ut
yo:w-xw
xe'e:'winyay-e:
k'itiwa

and so then he (the bear) walked off into the bushes

mine:jixomił
k'iłixun
ch'inya
haya:ł
hayi-xw
q'ina
xots'e:q'it
dahk'int'a:ts'

after a while a deer came out, and then he also cut his umbilical cord

haya:ł
'aht'ing
(ch'e:ya'--)
ch'e:ya'windil-il
tse:-q'i-ya:ng'ay-tah

and then all the animals kept coming out, like the squirrel

'aht'ing-xw
'un'te
na:way
minła:ne
ch'ingyay

every kind of animal came out

haya:ł
'aht'ing
xots'e:q'it
dahk'int'a:ts'

and then he cut off all of their umbilical cords

'a:yaxoł-ch'idiwine:l-il
"de:-q'
'a:nolye-te"
haya:ł
tse:-q'i-ya:ng'ay
nulye-te"

he kept on telling them, "this is what your name will be" then "your name will be tse:-q'i-ya:ng'ay (squirrel)"

haya:ł
"na:q'itah-k'iłaxun
nulye-te"

then, "you will be named na:q'itah-k'iLaxun (jack rabbit)"

haya:ł
hayi-xw
'aya:łxolye-il
haya:ł
yo:w-xw
xe'e:-widil-e:

and then that way that's what their name became, then they went off (into the woods)

k'itiwa
ła:n
na:sya'

in the bushes all of a sudden there was a lot of life

xoya:n
sile'n
haya:ł

they became wild animals

yey-xine:wh-ne'in
hay-de:di
nehe
ya:xindiye:wh-q'e

they used to talk like we talk now

haya:ł
na:miq'eh-din-ding
'a'de:ne'
"ch'e:ninyahwh
digyung"

and then at the very tail end, he said "come on out here!"

haya:ł
ch'ite:ng'e'n

then it peeked out

'ungya'
sixa:n-e:
tse:lin
wha:ne
hay
tsehłqay

he (the last animal) realized the quartz blade is sitting there with blood all over it

"jiweh!"
ch'ondehsne'
"do:-xoling
che:'iwha:wh"
yeh-na'wildidow

"I'm scared" he thought, I'm not going out there." He ducked back in

haya:ł
k'iye
'a:na:xołch'ide:ne'
"digyung
ch'e:ninyahwh!"
haya:ł

and then again he told him, "come on out here!"

daw,
do:-ch'e'ningya'

no, he didn't come out

ch'ite:ng'e:n
xoning'
na:'usqe:t
yeh-na'wildido:we'

he peeked out, he poked his face out there, he ducked back in

hayi-xw
'ahdiyaw
dunłungwho'-ding
chwola'-ding
xowh

so he kept doing that, about five times he did that

xowh
xa:-na'k'isle'
ch'e'xonelo:s
hayahujit
xoning'-mił

he reached in after him. he pulled him out by his face

xoning'-q'eh
ch'e'k'iniłtik
xoning'
diwme'n
haya:ł
xona:'
do:-'o:na:wehs'e'n

he squeezed his face so it became sharp, he did it so bad that his eyes disappeared

haya:ł
hay
xoky'a:ng'ay-ne'in
ch'ite:te:qits'
xola'
digyung
je:nah
te:le'n-e:
haya:ł

he twisted his poor old arms until his hands were way up high (near his shoulders)

xots'e:q'it
dahk'int'a:ts'
hayahujit

he cut his umbilical cord and then

yeh-na'xołwa:tł'
hay
xa:-ky'a'a:n-ding

he slammed him back in the the place where the hole is

"na:k'idmo:t'
nolye-te
yiniw
wha:ne
nunya-te"
xoł-ch'ide:ne'

"your name will be na:k'idmo:t' (mole), and you will only go around under the ground," he said (the creator's helper)

haya:ł
q'ut
hay
na:mitł'a'-ding
nahsde:tł'
haya:ł
xontehł-taw

and then after that they went around all these animals, and then coyote

xochwo:-na:y
ch'ide:'ilts'e
haya:ł

him and his grandma lived there, and then

'aht'ing-mił-ch'ing
ya'xine:wh
sile'n
haya:ł

all of them they all spoke to one another

minim-mił-łe:diliw-tah
do'ong'
xontah
no:ya'te:l-e:

and even mountain lion, they all built houses

haya:ł
ła:n
nasya',
diywho'
hay
ch'ixolchwe
sile'n
hay
mich'ing-ding.
haya:ł
xowa:-yung-xiwidilik
me:lah

there were a lot of them going around, so that's why they all became fairy tales. and then some of them had stories told about them

xowhine'-tah
ya:xole:n
hay
'unłung
na:way
diywho'
xoya:n
diq'a:n

some of them even have songs, all of those wild animals running around in the hills

haya:ł
hayo:w

and then that one

mida'-tehmil
'e:n
xowhine'
xole:n-ne'in

the gopher he also had a song

"ya:xiniy
ya:xinupse:,
ya:xiniy
ya:xinupse"
ya'de'ine'
hay
'e:ng'
naya:'k'e'aw
haya:ł

"ya:xiniy ya:xinupse:, ya:xiniy, ya:sinupse" they always say, they always sing

xontehł-taw
'e:ng'
q'ut
'aht'in-ding
na'iya'
diywho'
łangwho-ne'in
'a:'iniw

as for coyote, he goes around everywhere, he always does a lot of things

haya:ł
q'ut
hay
yima:nek'iwingxoya:n
'a:yaxoł-ch'ide:ne'
hay-de:di
wun-na:ya'dił-teh

and so then, the creator's helper told them what to do (how to work in order to live)

haya:ł
hayi-xw
łe:we:na:xw
haya:ł
q'ut
hay
'aht'ing
na'diwe:s'e'n
miningxa't'e:n'
ts'isle'n

and so then they lived together that way, and then he watched after everything, he became the boss

haya:ł
mine:jixomił
ninis'a:n
ne:ji-xw
sile'n-mił
ła:n
'e:ng'
ch'ixolchwe.

and then in the middle of time, there were a lot of stories taking place

hay
wa:yung-xowitlik.
haya:ł
ła:n-xw
'a:'un'te
diywho'
mikyowe'-tah
wa:yung-xowitlik
haya:ł
ła:n
ne'in

there were many stories told about them (the animals) But then there's a lot of animals, like grizzly bear, that have stories about them. There were a lot of them.

me:lah
do:-'o:na:te:sehłts'it.
hay
xontehł-taw

some of (the stories) I don't remember. Coyote ...

xowung-xiwidlik
hay
'unłung-xw
'a:'ine'
xola:n-ne'in.
haya:ł

... stories about him, all the things that they say he did

hay
yima:nek'iwinxoya:n
q'ina
hay
na'iya'
mine:jixomił

also the creator's helper, there were hundreds of stories about him, as he went around

'a:ch'ondehsne'

he thought, (creator's helper)

"do:-wha'ut
xole:n"
haya:ł

"I have no wife" and then

hayo:w
diywho'
'unłung-xw-'unt'e
na:way
ya:-mije'e:din
ya:xote:le'
haya:ł

all those wild animals running around, they have young ones

ma'ut
ya:xote:le'.
haya:ł
xong-'e:n'
diywhe'eh
tsumehstł'o:n
do:-ch'iłtsa:n
diywhe'eh
do:-na:way

they have a mate. then as for him, he couldn't find a woman; there's none going around.

haya:ł
'aht'in-ding
xoh
na'iya'

and then in vain he's going around everywhere

haya:ł
mine:jixomił
'a'de:ne'
"de:di
do'n
'aht'ing
...

and then after a while he said "as for right now, all ...

...
.
k'iwinya'a:n
(nin)
widił-te.
hay-de:di
milide'-tah
te:ya.
hay-de:di
'a:xowiłchwe'n

... the humans are coming, their smoke is blowing along, here you can smell it"

de:de:
hay
de:-xw
yidahch'ing
ch'itindil.
k'iwinya'a:n
ła:n
qa:l.

he realized they're coming from the north [uphill], a lot of people are going along

haya:ł
'aya'de:ne'
(di)
"te:sohloy'-te
sile'n-te
hay
k'iwinya'a:n
nahsde:tł'-te
ya:-wung"

and then they said, "you've got to make room for the people are going to be around here"

(noh--)
"ning-'e:n'
xoya:n
sohle'n-te
me:lah
k'iwiyul
sohle'n-te"

"you will be become wild, some of you will become food"

"me:lah
'e:ng'
q'ut
łah-xw
na'dił-te.
misge'gits
diywho'
ła:n-xw
'unt'e
na:dil
diq'a:n."

as for some of you, you will just be roaming around. A variety of small animals will be running around in the woods

haya:ł
q'ut
mine:jixomił

and then after a while

'aya'de:ne'
"de:di
do'n
mingyay
nohke'
xote:le-te
hay-de:di"
haya:ł

they said, "now the time has come, you're all going to acquire a tail" and then,

ła:n
k'ike'
ch'ischwe'n
hayo:w
yima:nek'iwinxoya:n.

he made a lot of tails, the creator's helper

hayahujit
'a'de:ne'
"digyung
yeh-wohdił-te"
haya:ł

and then he said, "you will go in here", and then

'aht'ing
ła'ay-ding
de:wohłts'e-te
ta:kiwh-me'

"all of you together are going to stay overnight in the sweathouse"

"haya:ł
xutł'e'-dung'
sile'n-mił
xutł'e'-dung'-ding
ch'e:nohsit-te"

"and then when morning comes, in the morning you will all wake up"

"haya:ł
nohke'
ya:te:sohla:-te"

"and then you will pick up your tails"

"yo:w-xw
xe'e:-xo:te:soh'a:n-e:-te"
haya:ł

"you'll all run off (into the woods) somewhere" and then,

"xoya:n
sohle'n-e:-te"

"you will become wild"

"hay
te:sohloy'-te
hay
k'iwinya'a:n
witdil
ya:-wung"

"you will move out of the way for the people that are coming"

haya:ł
q'ut
xutł'e'-dung'-ding
ch'e:ya'te:sit.
xontehł-taw
'a:ch'ondehsne'
ch'inehł'e'n

and so then early in the morning they started waking up consecutively. [the night before,] Coyote thought, he looked over (all the tails)

"o:"
ch'ondehsne'
"'ułchwo:n
hayo:w!"

"oh," he thought, "that one over there is beautiful!"

dungwho'iwh
xoke'
dah-sita:n
de:de:
k'ił-na:dil
xoke'

somebody's tail is sitting up there; oh, it's wolf's tail.

"ting
niwho:n
hay-teh"
ch'ondehsne'.

"it's really nice, that's the one," he thought

ch'e'ninyay
wint'e
dimin-ch'ischwe'n
'a:dina:'-me:w
no'kite:qot

he went outside and made sharp (sticks) and placed them under his own eyelids

haya:ł
ch'inehste:n
xona:'-me:w
ya:k'isqot

and then he went to bed with his sticks poking up under his eyelids

xutł'e-e:-mił
xowh
xo'ji
xok'iwinwa'n
xona:'
wayk'ite:qot
xona:'sits
ne'in.
haya:ł

in the middle of the night, I guess he was sound asleep, and the sticks poked through his eyes--his eyelids.

xokiwung
diywho'owh
yeh-k'ine:ndo'n
xola:n
de:de:
xahsyay
yeh-k'ine:nde'n

while he was still asleep, it seemed like there was something shining in (through the cracks in the wall), it [the sun] came up and shone in

ch'ite:te:'e'n
dungwhe'
do:-na:sida'
.
ła'ay
wha:ne
k'ike'
dah-na:silwa:tł'
chwinch
nehwa:n

he looked around and opened his eyes, nobody was there. only one tail sitting there; it was ugly

jahdah-ding
miwa'
do:-xole:n

not very much fur on it

haya:ł
hay
ya'winta:n
xoke'
sile'n.
hay
mich'in-ding
ch'ina:n
xontehl-taw
xoke'
jahdah-ding
do:-niwho:n

and then he picked it up, it became his tail, and for that reason, his tail isn't very pretty

hayahujit
xoya:n
ts'isle'n-e:
hayi
q'ut
haya:ł.
hay
na:mitł'a'ding
ch'itindil-q'ut
...

and then he also became a wild animal, and after that, (the humans) were coming along ...

...
k'iwinya'a:n
ła:n
nahsya'

a lot of humans were walking about

haya:ł
hay
mich'in-ding
hay-de:di
na:yaydil.
de:di
'e:ng'
hay-mina:tse-ding-ne'in
haya:ł

and that's the reason they are here, they (the animals) were here in from the time before

yima:ne:k'iwinxoya:n
q'ina
xo'yeh-'a:'udyaw
haya:ł

that's the old creator's helper, him also, he turned bad

hay
'e:ng'
yo:w-xw
yima:n
me'-ts'isda:y-e:
ła'-ding
de
je:nis
...

as for him, (because he went bad), he is incarcerated out in the middle of the sea. one day ...

na:mitł'a'ding
xowh

after a while maybe

'unłung-xw-'unt'e
na:na:ła'xw
'a:nahdiyah-te
na:niwinxwon-te
'aht'ing-xw-'unt'e

one day everything's going to change back, everything will become good again

haya:ł
xo:-'a:ya'te:diyah-ne'in
'aht'ing
...

then all the people that have died ...

...
ch'e:na'insit-e:
haya:ł
hay
na'ndiyay-mił
hay
xona:ya:dehsdil-te

... they're all going to wake up, when he returns, we are waiting for him

haya:ł
q'ut
hayi-xw
wha:ne
hay-de:di

that's the end of this story