Hočąk Text — The Gift of Shooting

narrated by Sam Blowsnake


Sam Blowsnake

English Translation


 

p. 100 —
’Éki wokų́zra čįkíreki Waščįkéka hík’orókirà
And [the creation] the first time Rabbit his grandmother

 


 

hak’arak’ížu, waxop’ínį waračire wak’ížurera, wak’árak’ižu
with him, the spirits [the various] these with them, with him

 


 

p. 101 —
’ųį́reže, ’aįreną. ’Éki č’íroįxčį` wįrą́kirekù
[they did it,] [they said.] And filling the lodge [-]*
*could this be for the exclamation wirakirakuni?

 


 

waxop’ínį waračíre. ’Éki Wažakų́zra wa’ųžé,
spirits the various. Then the Creator he did this,

 


 

p. 102 —
’aį́reną. K’eráč’o nįké rúzanaka mąxíska
[they say.] Blue sky a piece of he took and white clouds

 


 

hirok’í wap’orokše,* ’aį́reną. Že’é waxuxkeį́žą
with he rolled it by hand, they said. That a shell
*an initial /y/ was crossed out and /w/ written above it.

 


 

herekí. Hačara p’įžé, ’aį́reną. Mąxískara
that was. [The sight] it was good,* [they say.] White clouds
*Susman translates hačara p’įžé together as, "it looked good".

 


 

p. 103 —
k’eráč’ora hiwakáxki, k’arap’įéskeže, ’aį́reną. Že’é
blue sky (as) it was marked with, it looked pretty, they said. That

 


 

mąréki hewáhukíki č’axšép’ wirúk’ąnąrá hą́pokurà
down to earth he sent and eagles the leader the east

 


 

hap’ahí kisąsą́kše, ’aį́reną. Žekų́ki č’iókisákeča
[he went towards] he shook,* [they said.] And in the center of the lodge
*a note at the bottom of the page reads, "(E. shot him)".

 


 

p. 104 —
hoxíwi čirekíže. Waxoxkénąk’a kišóročšé, ’aį́reną.
to cough he started. That shell he made come out from a hole, [it is said.]

 


 

’Éki rą́pok’ąnąka hanįanąka č’irókįkįxiránąka
And he picked it up and [he took it and] he went around the lodge and

 


 

p. 105 —
č’įók’isakeča ’į́ečot’ųréki, mąį́ča ruk’irik’íri nąkšé,
in the center of the lodge when he threw it into his mouth, on the ground he shook [he lay,]

 


 

’aį́reną. ’Éki wąkšík’ Waščįkéka hiteknįkwahirižą
[it is said.] Then [man] Rabbit one of his little uncles

 


 

’é wošką́ hikų́znák’i ǧaǧák’ č’irókįkįxak’irįanąka
[he] [the rite] they were teaching crying he went around and

 


 

p. 106 —
kučšé, ’aį́reną. Žekų́ki mąįča hak’arašų́xčį
they shot him, [it is said.] Then on the ground [lying face down]*
*the translation has "prone".

 


 

s’ač’į́ ruk’irik’íriakše, ’aį́reną. ’Éki hą́pokuréki
very stiff he shook [it is said.] Then from the east

 


 

hižą́ t’aipčiránaka ’aį́ča haruk’ózanąka
one got up quickly and by the arm he took him and

 


 

nąčkómįną́keča haruk’ózanąka Mąk’ą́ni
on his heart side he held and the Medicine People

 


 

p. 107 —
nįháhįánąka k’ik’áwa’ų kikižé, ’aį́reną. ’Éske
they chanted and to get up he made him, it is said. So

 


 

k’ikúč’ ną́kre že’é ’é waki’ų́
shooting each other [the ones who] that they for that reason

 


 

wa’únàkšąną.
they do it.

 


Source:

Amelia Susman, Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, January, 1939) Book 9:100-107.