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Learning to Ride a Motorcycle (VP-111107-03)


Okay, this is a story about part of my life, I guess you can say.

dahungwho'-dung'
ya:dehsdilts'e:-ne'in
na:tini-xw
haya:ł
mine:jixomił

A long time ago we were living in Hoopa, and then after awhile...

hay
whixung'
'a'de'ine'
k'e:sinya:-te:
me:ne:q'
hay-de:di
nahx-ma:-wilda:l

My husband always says, "You're going to climb up on the back of this motorcycle."

whił
te:sinya:-te:

"You'll go with me."

daw
di'iwhne'
whe:
'e'n
do'n
xa'unt'e:
me:whgit

"No," I always say, "as for me, I'm afraid of that kind of thing."

me:dziwhla:
xong-'e'n
xoł-na:'uł'its

I don't like it; as for him, he always rides it around.

haya:ł
xoxoch'e:l-ch'in'-tah
Willow Creek
ch'ite'ina:wh
ła'-ding
haya:ł
ła'-ding

He goes to Willow Creek sometimes, then sometimes...

łiwa'iliwh-ch'in'
ch'ite'ina:wh
hayi
miq'it
haya:ł
'a:whiłch'ide'ine'
ting-gya'
we:silyo'-te:

...he rides to the store on it, and then he always tells me, "You'll like it a lot."

haya:ł
daw
di'iwhne'
mine:jixomił
'a:whiłch'ide:ne'
keh
to:-xw
naydił

I always say, "No!" After awhile he told me, "Hey, let's go down by the river."

me:ne:q'
dahnintsah

"Sit down in the back."

haya:ł
q'ut-do'n
[...]
ne:sing'
haya:ł
me:ne:q'
dahne:se:da:

"OK then," I thought, then I sat down in back.

haya:ł
tehłda:wh

Then it started moving.

yo:w
yiduq
wilda:l
hayi
whunchwin
ts'isda:-ne'in-ding
hayahujit
[...]

It was going up through the field, where my mother used to live, and then...

tini-q'eh
yide'
wilda:l
haya:ł

It went out of the driveway onto the main road, then ...

to:-ch'in'
ch'inła:d-e:
haya:ł
łich'iwh-q'it
nohoł
nahs'its

It went down toward the river, and then it ran around on the sand with us (on it).

haya:ł
xolisji
tilda:wh
ch'i'iłchwe'
haya:ł
yo:w-xw
xa:k'e'iwhe'
'e'ileh

Then sometimes he makes it go faster, [and] it spins out in the sand.

mine:jixomił
nohoł
na:k'idehswis

After awhile it fell over with us.

haya:ł
yina:na:se:tł'
naha:nło'

Then we got back up [and] we laughed.

hayahujit
[...]
k'iye:
na:tehłdida:wh
k'iye:
nohoł
na:k'idehswis

Then it started going again, [and] again we fell over.

haya:ł
hayi-heh
q'ut
hayi
niwhong-xw
'a:niwehst'e'

Then in spite of that it was OK.

haya:ł
k'e:na:sdiya:

Then I got back on.

ta:q'i-ding
nohoł
na:k'idehswis-mił
whits'ine'
na:wilit

After we tipped over three times, my leg burned.

haya:ł
hay
'e'n
do:
we:syo'
xolisji
na:whitiłtiwh
de:n'
na:xontah-ch'in'

Then, I didn't like that, "Take me home quickly," I said, "back to the house."

whits'ine'
na:wilit

My leg was burning.

haya:ł
na:te:se:de:tł'
xontah-ch'in'

And then we went home.

xa:na:sdiła:d-e:
haya:ł

It came back up (to the house).

we:łiw
k'isinto'
whits'ine'
hay
na:wilit-ding

I rubbed my leg with grease where it was burnt.

haya:ł
ch'e:na:whdiy
'a'de:ne'
keh
do'n
digyung
k'e:sinya:wh

Then I came back out, and he said, "Come on over here and get up (on the motorcycle)."

'e'n
do'n
tin
do:
na:lte'
hay-de:d
digyun
dahne:sinda:-de'
haya:ł

And then, "It's not hard (to run this thing), you sit up here," and then ...

na:ła'
'aht'ing
yehna:k'iwingqot-te:

[He said,] "You'll put it in different gears."

haya:ł
ła'din-tah
nił-diniwił'a'-te:

"Then sometime maybe you'll learn it."

haya:ł
ch'idung'
'ayne:se'n
daaaa
me:whgit

Then I first thought, "Ah, I'm scared of it!"

q'ut
do'n
haya:ł
[...]
do:
me:niwilgidi-heh
whił-ch'ide:n'
digyun
dahnintsah

"Don't be afraid of it," he said, "you sit up here."

haya:ł
wilchwin
[...]
dahna:sa'a:n
miq'it

Then, there was a stand (to put the bike on).

haya:ł
dahne:se:day
haya:ł
'a'de:ne'

Then I sat back up there, then he said ...

yehk'ingqot
do'n
ła'-ding
haya:ł
hayah
yehk'e:qot

"Shift it into first," then I shifted there.

haya:ł
miq'it
no:dintuł
hay:ał
miq'it
no:de:ta:tł'
sile'n
haya:ł

Then [he said] "Step on it," and I just kind of stepped on it a little bit.

k'iye:
na:ła'
yehna:k'ingqot
haya:ł
nahx-ding
yehk'e:qot

[He said] "Shift it into another gear," and I put it in second gear.

haya:ł
midiłwa:
xolisji
te:sinya:-tehł-de'
do'n
ta:q'i-ding
yehna:k'iwingqot-te:
haya:ł
hayi-xw
'a:whlah

and then, after that, [he said] "If you're going to go faster, put it into third gear," and then I did that.

q'ut
do'n
tin
nił-diniwił'a'
whił-ch'ide:n'
hay
xwe:di-q'i
nahł'its-wilchwe:n

"You learned really fast," he told me, "how to drive it!"

haya:ł
digyun
do'n
no:na:yiłditsil-wilchwe:n
whił-ch'ide:n'
'aht'in
whił-ch'ixowilik

"Right here is the brake," he told me - he told all this to me.

hayahujit-q'ut
[...]
dahya:we:se:'a'

Then I sat up there.

haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
xa'
ła'
yehna:k'ingqot
k'iye:

Then he said, "OK, put it in first gear again."

ła'
yehna:k'e:qot-mił
de:
me'niłchwit

When I put it in first gear, (without my seeing it) he pushed it off the stand.

me'niłchwit
miq'it
dahya:wh'ay-e:
haya:ł
tehłda:wh

He pushed it [while] I was sitting on it, and then it started running.

diywho'
do:
xole:n
'e'n
ła'ay-xw-q'ut
niwho:n
'e'n
ninis'a:n
hayah
wilda:l
whino:ng'ay'din
ch'iwilda:l
haya:ł
'a'de:ne'

There was nothing out there, the land was good (clear, no objects in the way) at that time, it was running along, beside me he was running along, then he said...

nahx
yehna:k'ingqot
haya:ł
nahx
yehna:k'e:qot
haya:ł
xolisji
xoliwh
tehłda:wh
[...]
whino:ng'ay'din
ch'iwilda:l

"Shift it into second!" (he said). Then, I shifted it into second, it started running faster, (and) he was running beside me yet.

de:-xw
na:mis-xw
na:tildidahwh
haya:ł
na:mis-xw
tilda:wh
na:sehłchwe'n
whino:ng'ay'din
ch'iwilda:l

"Turn around," [he said], then I turned it around, and he was running beside me still.

na:xontah-ch'in'
nundiła:d-e:
haya:ł

I took it back to the house, and then...

mił-no:na:yiłditsil
miq'it
no:na:de:ta:tł'
hayah
no:nunłah

I stepped on the brake again, [and] it stopped there.

haya:ł
'a'de:ne'
de:di-'e'n
q'ut
nił-diniwił'a'

And then he said, "OK, now you learned it."

do'n
nił-na:'ohł'its-ne'

"OK, now you can go ride around!"

haya:ł
q'ut
whił-nahs'its
hay
whunchwin
ts'isda:-ne'in-ch'in'

And then, I started driving it around to where my mother used to live.

hayah-ch'in'
whił-xa:se'inła:t

I always go to her house on the motorcycle.

haya:ł
hayi-'e'n
ting
whe'niwehst'ił
hayi-xw-'unt'e:
whił-nahs'its-xola:n

Then as for her, she was so proud of me, because I'm riding a motorcycle.

haya:ł
hay
na:mitł'a'-ding
q'ut
'aht'in-din
na:'iwha'
na:yo:-ch'in'-tah

And then, after that, OK, I go around all over the place, here and there.

whił-na:'uł'its
to:-xw-tah
whił-na:'uł'its
haya:ł
dungwho'owh
ya'dehłts'e:-ne'in
hay
ch'e:xo:'owh-ding
haya:ł

I drive around down by the river, and some other people lived out there by the gate, and then...

ch'iwilchwil
tsumehstł'o:n
ch'e'ina:wh
haya:ł
'a'de'ine'
whe:
ch'in
me:ne:q'
dahniwhtsah-'ung
do'ng

...a young lady comes out, then she says, I'm going to sit up there behind you, okay?

q'ut
do'n
haya:ł
hayah
dahch'ine'itsa:t
haya:ł
q'ut

[Then I say], "OK," then she climbs on behind me, and then...

te'ilda:wh
[...]
dahungwho'-gya'
na:'e:dil-e:
yo:w
to:-xw-tah
haya:ł
tin
ch'i'ilyo'
haya:ł

...it drives around, we would go drive around down by the river sometimes, and then she always liked that, then...

jahda:
ch'ingkya:w
na:d-e:-xw
na:tł'a'
na:ła'-q'i-ch'in'
ye:
no:'o:ltsil
'e'iliw
haya:ł
na:k'ide'iwis-te:
ye:
'e'iliw
haya:ł
jahda:-din
do:
'iwhyo'
'a:dił
na'xołte:
hayi-'e'n

...she's too big, it's like she leans over in the wrong way around the back [of the motorcycle], then it seems like it's going to fall over, and then I don't like to take her with me very much.

haya:ł
hayi
whe:
whima:lyo'-xo'ji-ne'in
ch'ine'ina:wh
haya:ł
hayi
ch'ohłts'it
mine:jixomił

Then my relative (now deceased) would always come, and then she found out about it after a while.

haya:ł
hayi-'e'n
ting
xoł-dinił'a:-ne'ing
haya:ł

And then, as for her, she used to know how to ride a motorcycle.

ch'ite:'i'e'n
hay
da:y-ch'in'
tehłdahwh-te:
haya:ł
hay
ya:n'-ch'in'

She always watches which way [the motorcycle] is going to go, and then on that side...

hay
ya:n'-ch'in'
no'oxis
'e'iliw
haya:ł
hayi
'e'n
niwhong-xw
nohoł
na:'uł'its
haya:ł

... on that side she sort of shifts her body in that direction. As for her, [the motorcycle] runs around in a good way with us.

mine:jixomił
hay
whixung'
q'in'
me:ne:q'
dahch'ini'itsah
haya:ł

After awhile my husband also sits on the back (of the motorcycle).

te'e:dil
yo:w
yiduq
hayi
whidehch
ts'isda:-ne'in-ch'in'
[...]
xa:se'inła:d-e:

We always go up there to where my younger sister used to live, it runs up there.

haya:ł
hayah
tsit
[...]
no:'e:dił
haya:ł
mine:jixomił
na:te'e:dil
na:xontah-ch'in'
ła'-din

And we sit there for a short period of time, then after awhile we go back to our house, [and] sometimes ...

diywho'
nikya:w
xehł-niyiłxe:-tah
nohna:tse:
ch'e:'inła:t
me:tsah-xosin
ya:'uxis-te:-ye:
'e'iliw
haya:ł

... a big truck, when it passes us, that's bad, it feels like [the motorcycle] is going to start flying.

ła'a-ding
nehe:
mina:tse:
ch'e:'e:dil
haya:ł
whe:
k'iwhda:whił-de'
xong
me:ne:q'
dahya'wing'a:-te:
haya:ł

Sometimes we pass it, if I'm driving, he'd be sitting in the back, and then ...

ya:'uxis-te:-ye:
'e'iliw
hay
wilda:l

... it seems like the motorcycle is going to fly, ...

xowh
do'n
mił
k'iwich'e'il
mich'in'-ding
haya:ł
na:ne'e:dil-e:
yiwidin-de'
xontah-ch'in'

... I guess because of the wind. Then we always return back after awhile to the house ...

haya:ł-q'ut
hayi-xw
niwhong-xw
ts'e'idila'n
'e'iliw
na'e:dil
haya:ł

... and then it's like we play around in that good way, we just go around.

q'ut
hayi-xw
wha:ne:

That was it!