Hočąk Text — Journey to Spiritland, Version 6

narrated by Sam Blowsnake


Sam Blowsnake

English Translation


 

p. 52 —
’Éki te’é Mą’ų́ra ’exčį́ ho’ų́
And this Earthmaker himself way

 


 

hanįkí herežé, ’aį́reną. Wak’ąčąkčąną. ’Éske
his own it is, they say. It is holy. And so

 


 

p. 53 —
wokų́ze* ánira hanąč’´ wihóhirà ’éreną.
creation [which he has] all the witness it is.
*there is a caret between wokų́ze and ánira presumably indicating their separation.

 


’Éki mąį́ča wakaxčą́ną. Hą́pokurà wioiréra
And on the ground he make marks. The east the west

 


 

hap’ahí sereč’ wakaxčą́ną, ną́pi’ųánąka ’éki
towards long he made marks, with his hand, and [then]

 


 

huį́čečá hižą kixá wakaxčą́ną. Žipník’
at the short end [one] going out* he made marks. Short
*Susman adds, "(off road)".

 


 

p. 54 —
híną, ’éki p’arás wakaxčą́ną.
he made, and wide he marked it.

 


 

’Éki wéną, "Hišč’ųšké, te’é
And he said, "Grandson, this

 


 

haščažé, hik’orók’įhiwírá ’éki p’akáǧre? Te’é
did you see, our grandma [here] that I marked? This

 


 

nąkųížą wanikítakra ’éreną. Hižą́ serečánąka
one Road I have been speaking of to you it is. One long, and

 


 

p. 55 —
hąk’é* p’araznį́ną. ’Éki hižą p’arázanąka†
not it is not wide. And one it is wide, and
*corrected from hak’e.
†corrected from p’arázanaka.

 


 

žip’čínikšaną. Te’é wąkšíko’įrà nųp’íwina seréč’
it is short. This the way of life the second long

 


 

p’akáǧre, nąkú p’į́žą honikítakrà ’éreną.
that I marked, road a good one that I spoke of it is.

 


 

p. 56 —
Mą’ų́ra ’éčirak’éreną. Mąk’ą́nį nąkúra ’éreną.
Earthmaker it reaches. Medicine Road it is.

 


 

K’irišíšikaniǧérekčanéną. Hanišoį́rekčanéną. Xatapšíšik wažąp’áhirá
[Bad ones will come to jeer at you.] They will spit on you. [Bad brush] thorny things

 


 

horawék’čanéną. ’Éki p’éč’ hičečrá horawék’čanéną.
you will go. And fire the edge you will go.

 


 

p. 57 —
Te’é waraį́šerekì, ’éča nąkuį́č’ečéčà waskeįžą
This [as you walk along,] there at the edge of the road a bowl

 


 

ǧoną́čékčanéną. Č’arúhi tažážapčį́ waruskúįrak’í’ų́
it will be steaming. Deer ribs well done boiled with sweat corn

 


 

wa’účèkčanéną. ’Éč’a mįšánakanąkà waráįč’ąréną. Žekų́ki
it will be. There you will sit and you will eat. And then

 


 

p. 58 —
wana’įnikip’į́xčį, hičaį́ra mąnį́ščą, rak’ik’úruzizikčąnéną.*
you will feel good, [more] you will make yourself strong, you will stretch yourself.
*originally, r. The third /k/ is crossed out and zizi written above it, then zik. written below it.

 


 

Žiké hižą́ hiraráhikčanéną. Žeskéįžikíra rahikì,*
Then one you will get to. And another one when you get to,
*this word is written below a lined out žiké. The next word on the next line (žeskéra) is also lined out.

 


 

p. 59 —
waračíkčanéną. Žikížį́ra* ráhikčanéną, taníra. Žikíčoprá
you will eat. [And another one] you will get to, the third. [Again the fourth]
*at the end of this word, /ną/ is lined out and /ra/ written above it.

 


 

rahíkčanéną. ’Éč’a šerekí, čąprá wąkróšawa’ąkač’ą́,
you will come to. There when you leave, to look when you raise your eyes,

 


 

mąxíra hąprí wakákax haščakčáneną. Žé
the sky day color marked you will see. That

 


 

hirak’ik’aǧikčanéną.* Žiké žéžeskéra čop’ heraráhikčanéną.
you will wear. Again like that four you will get to.
*a note below the line says, "hik’ik’áx, "wear good (?) stuff".

 


 

p. 60 —
’Éč’a šerekí, waskerá nąku ak’í
There after you go, dishes road both

 


 

hičečé haščąkčáneną. ’Éč’a mąká čąwá
on the sides you will see. There the ground soft

 


 

hanąráč’apikčanéną. Šurukóǧanąka raįkčą́neną. ’Éč’a šerekí,
you will feel by foot. You will take it up, and wear it. There after you go,

 


 

nąku ak’í waškerá hičaį́ra čkáp’
road both dishes more thick

 


 

p. 61 —
haščąkčą́neną. ’Éki ’éča šerekí, worúčra,
you will see. And there after you leave, food,

 


 

mąxí wąkréki hok’erečná hokiráč’, mąrá
sky up there spotted [all kinds,] the ground

 


 

čąwą́ horakíwekčanéną. ’Éč’a xeížą horakíkčanéną.
soft you will come upon. There a hill you will come to.

 


 

p. 62 —
huižeča hisakų́įąčèną, waxšúč’. ’Éč’a
Hill at the foot there will be a cane, red cedar. There

 


 

xeróratíšereki, mąrá šóčožú haščakčéneną.
after you have climbed the hill, the earth foggy, misty you will see.

 


 

’Éč’a nąrážįánąka našékčaneną,* "Ehó ehó, wehá wehá,"
There [it stands, and] you will say, "Ehó ehó, wehá wehá!"
*/na/ is written over and slightly above the original initial syllable /ho/.

 


 

p. 63 —
hišekčáneną.* Žéžeské taníharánąka hičopáhara
you will say. That three times, and the fourth time hill
*an initial syllable /na/ is lined out and /hi/ written above it.

 


 

hakrá hanarážįkčanahéną. ’Éč’a Mąk’ą́nį nįhárakčáneną.
on the top you will be standing. There the Medicine people you will chant.

 


 

’Éki rora horak’ik’urúč’kačą,* rorá č’ak’íriske
And body when you have looked at your own, your body flea
*an initial /wa/ was lined out and /ho/ written above it.

 


 

p. 64 —
ronį́ske račékčanéną. ’Éki ’ará taníhu harak*
you will be like [you will stand.] And arms peace pipe
*Susman adds, "loose skin, like feathers on a peace pipe".

 


 

nį́ske, ’éki heǧó p’anak nį́ske,
like, and swan head like,

 


 

hisakų́ra howačúščį, hisakų́ra hirápok’eré kisąsą́
the cane shortened by wear, the cane to lean on the chin shaking

 


 

rač’ekčą́neną. ’Éki ’éča Mą’ų́rominą́kre haščąkčáneną.
you will stand. And there Earthmaker's place you will see.

 


 

p. 65 —
"Hišųčké,* mąréki p’akáǧre, nąkúra nųp’íwira
"Nephew, on the ground that I marked, the road the second one
*in this Crow-Omaha kinship system, hišųčgé word also means "grandson".

 


 

wanikí, p’akáx, wa’ų́ną. Herač’kéreki hoixáčaré,
[as I had,] I marked, I did. On the left that goes off,

 


 

nąkúxeté hoixáčaré,* Hereškúnira heréną. Hočičíkra,
the big road that goes off, the Bad One's it is. Bad,
*just before this word hížąk’íra is lined out.

 


 

p. 66 —
hotekrá, wonáčke stakrá, hot’erá heréną.
aches, regrets, death it is.

 


 

Čakú kip’įéske woróǧirok’anį wakšík’č’įkí, nąkú
What you like without breaching rules if you live, road

 


 

te’é ’é heréną. Wąkšíko’įra žipčínįkčąną, žečąną.
this it it is. Life it is very short, it ends.

 


 

p. 67 —
Mąréki p’akáǧre, wąkšíko’į́ hašinirá
[On the earth] this that I marked, life [which you have]

 


 

wáki’ų́ną. Hik’orókihiwíra róhąnįréki p’akaǧanąka Mą’ų́ra
[I made it.] Our Grandmother on her body I marked, and Earthmaker

 


 

’éčirak’ére p’akáxčąną. Te’é wihóhira heréną.
to reach here I marked it. This witness it is.

 


 

p. 68 —
Nąkú serečą́kre horawékčanahéra. Wanįkšíšik’ hanįǧérekčanére.
Road that is long you will go. Bad birds they will make noise at you.

 


 

Wošką́ te’é hok’íšipiánąka hakéča hinįkíčkaį́rekčanéną.
Ceremony this after we are free, and afterwards they will try you.

 


 

Hinįxíraį́re* hawa’ų. ’Éki hanišuį́rekčanéną.
Those who are envious [they are going to do it to you.] And they will spit on you.
*Susman adds a note: "hixirá to hurt someone because he's lucky — envious".

 


 

p. 69 —
Nįražíčirekčanéną. Hąké hakčá ’éča wažą́
They will tease you. Not back there anything

 


 

’anįą́če. Xatap šíšik’ horawékčanéną. Nąp’k’íške
do not say. [Brush] [bad] you will go. Maybe also hands

 


 

nįk’erérekčanéną. Wa’iaxúeške nírek’čaneną. Žekų́ hieráče.
they will put on you. To bleed also they will make you. But go on.

 


 

p. 70 —
P’éčič’ečrá horawékčaneną. Hatanį́skikčaneną. P’éč’ hatanį́čazikčaneną.
The edge of the fire you will go. You will be burned. Fire sparks will burn you

 


 

Žekų́ hiráče. Žekų́ki č’ekčį́ra nįkoį́rekčaneną.
But go on. [Now so] [the first time] they will invite you.

 


 

Rak’ikók’čanéną. Mąk’ą́nį woručra hašarač’ápikčaneną.
[They will make a place for you.] The Medicine people the food you will taste.

 


 

p. 71 —
Ž’é ’é rorá himąščą́ wąkšíkčįkčanéną.
[This] [it itself] your body to strengthen you that you will live.

 


 

Ž’é ’éreną. Waskéį́žą č’arúhį waruskų́irak’i’ų́
[This] [it is said.] One of the dishes deer ribs and sweat corn

 


 

čerá. Ž’é waraįšerekí, wą́kieskečá
[there was.] [These] after you pass them, real man (middle age)

 


 

p. 72 —
ranįkč’áne. Wašké nąkuį́čečéča haščaká. Že’é
you become. Poplar real close to there you will see. This

 


 

nąčúra harík’i wisą́kčanéną.* ’Éže, ’éreną.
hair [far apart] it will be gray. That it is.
* < wa-hi-są-kjaneną ?, where means "white, pale".

 


 

’Éki mąxíra wakakáx haičaká, Mąk’ą́nį.
And the sky marked you will see, the Medicine people.

 


 

Ną́piruǧáčra hašuruč’ápikč’anahéra, ’éreną. Hičaį́ra nąčúra
Gifts you will have, [they say.] [More] hair

 


 

p. 73 —
wisą́k’čaneną. Wašké haščaká, ’éreną. Že’é
it will be gray. Poplar you will see, [they say]. This

 


 

raįšéreki,* mąrá čąwą hanaráč’apká,
[as it proceeds,] ground soft you will feel underfoot,
*just before this word, raįšéreki ho has been lined out.

 


 

Mąk’ą́nį Nąkúra wačičík’ homįzirekí, ze’é šurukóǧanąka
the Medicine Road goods spread out, that you take up, and

 


 

p. 74 —
ra’įkčanera, ’é heréną. Č’op’ą́hą že’é
you will wear it, [said] [it is.] Four times that

 


 

raįšéreki, worúčra, waį́nįra, wa’įrá, wąkšiko’įra
after you pass, food, clothes, blankets, life

 


 

žečąį́xčį rahikí, hanąč’´ hiną́,
that [thus far] [when you arrive,] all [it is made,]

 


 

p. 75 —
šukčáreną́. Xe húčičarahiká, waxšúč’ hisakų́čeka
[you will start coming.] Hill when you get to the foot, cedar the cane

 


 

hič’uk’čáreną, nįč’akčą́ną. Xerá horatíšereka hisakų́k’ere,
you will use, you are old. The hill when you start up with the cane,

 


 

mąrá xįáščaká, hiščará nįǧíč wanį’ų́.
the earth misty, your eyes blurred they are.

 


 

’Éki hač’ąkére nįtiréną. Že’é nįč’ak’é
And slowly you can go. This you are old

 


 

p. 76 —
wa’ų́ną. Xeóti hik’iskéną. Hisakų́k’ere č’ų́ną.
[it is it.] Climbing a hill it is just like. With the cane you do.

 


 

’Éki xerá hihakéča rahíną. Že’é
And the hill top you reach it. This

 


 

wąkšíko’į́ hožečą́ra hirarahíną. Rorá nįkočą́ną,
life the end you have come. Your body it is bent,

 


 

p. 77 —
’ará xurá honįwároną. ’Éki nąčúra
your arms the skin it is loose. And hair

 


 

hiskąxčį́ra,* hisakų́ra hirápra horak’éreną. Rorá
it is white, your cane chin you put. Your body
*/ra/ is written over a lined out /na/.

 


 

žečąį́xčįp’ak’íra howáréną. ’Éča Mą’ų́ra nąǧírakašinirá*
only thus far it goes. There Earthmaker your soul
*below this word, Susman has the following linguistic notes: "wanaǧi soul, corpse[,] wanaǧómįk’ cemetery, graves".

 


 

p. 78 —
p’į́xčį č’akíwekčanéną. Te’éreną́. Hič’ųšké, nąkuį́žą
[very good] it will go. It is this. Grandson, one road

 


 

horawékčanéra, Mąk’ą́nį Nąkúra. ’Éki č’áknį́wį́ra
you will go in, the Medicine Road. [And] [ancestors]

 


 

nįk’úruhičwíną. Žečą́įxčį, hič’uškéará, hip’á wakítakšáną.
[we greet you.]* This far, my grandson, [up to] I spoke to him.
*this sentence was not translated.

 


 

p. 79 —
’Éki hiškaká wanitúščąre, háwiną.
And in turn you I leave it, [we are through.]

 


 

Š’áknįwį́ra nįk’úruhičwíną.
[Ancestors] [we greet you.]*
*this sentence was not translated.

 


Source:

Sam Blowsnake, Unititled account of the Medicine Rite, in Amelia Susman, Notebooks (Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, January 13-17, 1939) Book 9, 52-79.