Hočąk Text — Testing the Slave, Version 2

narrated by Sam Blowsnake


Sam Blowsnake

English Translation


p. 82 —
’Éki wošką́ te’é Mą’ų́ra žeské hižé,
[And] religion this Earthmaker this he made,

 


 

p. 83 —
’aį́reną. Hižą́ horók’ ’ųkí, wošką́ te’é
they say. One he joins [if he does,] [rite]* this
*translated as "religion".

 


 

’éšąną hip’eresíkčanéną, ’aį́reną. ’Éki hą́k’orók’ųnį́nákre
the only one [he will know this,]* they say. [And] one who does not join
*Susman has, "who knows this".

 


 

hąk’é wošką́ téki hap’ahí wažárižą́
not [rite] this towards anything

 


 

p. 84 —
hip’eresnį́nąkšaną.* Hip’erés rokų́kčinákšąną. Hą́k’aka hižą́
he does not know. To know they want to very badly. [Never] [one]
*the text has hip’eresnį́nąksana.

 


 

honį́ke te’é hip’eresnį́kč’e, ’aį́reną. ’Éske
not free this he would not know, they said. So

 


 

hižą́ horok’ų́kčanéki, wesįwįxčį́ránaka p’įrá wokínikč’į̀
anyone if he is going to join, they look at him and very well [they scrutinize]

 


 

p. 85 —
hip’erésiránaka kačáka ’éki ’ų́kikíranąkà hakoreį́žą
to know and then [then] [they permit it and] sometime ago

 


 

wanįhížą wošką́ te’é hip’eréshíreki.
a slave [rite] this they let him know.

 


 

Nįkčą́k’ ’ųį́reže, ’aį́reną. Woxéte híreže,
Child they adopted, [it is said.] To love [they did,]

 


 

’éki waną’įksapšè. ’Éske horók’ ’ų́kikíreže.
and he was smart, good, right. So to join in they let him.

 


 

p. 86 —
Te’é t’ehíriną́ki ki’ųį́raną̀ną, wa’ų́čéną. Hip’erésčéną,
[That one] they could kill and they could do it to him, [it was] They know it was so,

 


 

žeskéra. ’Éki huč’įč’į́ wonak’ woróhą
[as he was that kind.] [And] a bunch of bad group

 


 

wąųžé. Kixaį́ča nįké hironáreania híranąka
[they were.] Out there someplace they took way out to go and

 


 

p. 87 —
’éki ruskíčirèną. ’Éki wap’ahí ’éki
[then] they tied him up. [And] something sharp [here]

 


 

hakanį́reže. "Hirap’éresaną, wanįhížą wa’ų́račéną. T’enį́
[they took.] ["You know it,] a slave you are. To kill you

 


 

ranǫ́nųnikenįrá ’ą́pračéną. ’Éki rakik’ų́kčaníną.
[you know you should be] you are alive. And you you are going to do it to yourself.

 


 

Cčánąka nįkéške nirá’ąpikčéki — ’éki, Mąk’ą́’ųǫ`
You are dead and or* if you will want to live — [well,] the Medicine Lodge
*the interlinear has "also", but the free translation has "or".

 


 

p. 88 —
nįkikíreną̀. Že’é ’éča winį́kip’aǧikčanaháwiną. Hųrákišarakiki
they put you in. That about we are going to ask you something. If you tell us,

 


 

hąk’é t’enį́nįkčanaháni. Hąk’ó šaraknį́ki t’enį́kč’anaháwiną."
not we are not going to kill you. Not if you do not tell, we will kill you."

 


 

’Éki wežé, "Hų́hiwač’apįra* wa’ų́reki, nįá’ąpačéną.
And he said, "Our chief's will it is, I am alive.
*the text originally had hų́hiyą́č’apįra, but beneath the letters /hiyą́/ is written the correction /hiwa/.

 


 

p. 89 —
’Éki s’írečáč’éną. Žeské yak’íske. ’Éki
And I am dead long ago. This I be so. And

 


 

hiské š’ák’iwiwáh’ira woxétewíreną. ’Éske Mąk’ą́’ųǫ
[truly] my foster parents they loved me. So Medicine Lodge

 


 

horók’ų̀ hįkikíreną. Čakú híkaį́rera haną́č
[to join] [they let me.] What they said to me all

 


 

p. 90 —
wąxkúną. Wąkšíko’į̀ č’owéreki, nąǧírak’ wąkšíko’įra
I understood. Life in the future, soul the life

 


 

hahikí, hį́k’aka č’ánį́kčane, ’aį́reną. ’Éske
after I get to, never I will not die, they said. So

 


 

wąkšíko’įą́nąka č’askéki č’ekčą́ne wá’ųąčéną.
bodily life and anyway I will die [I will do it.]

 


 

p. 91 —
T’érakčanawiki, wowát’ekčį, nįkšaná nąǧírak’ wąkšíkóįra
If you are going to kill me, very easy, but soul life

 


 

hawanį́hira woč’éxìna. Hąk’ó tapníkčanéną. T’ewíwirè."*
to lose it is hard. Not I am not going to feel. Kill me."
*/rè/ is written above a crossed out /ną/.

 


 

Žekų́kiži wąkną́kre hok’irúǧuč nąžį́ną. Hąk’é
Then these men looking at each other they stood. Not

 


 

p. 92 —
xápiranį́ ruskíčeki. Kiruškaį́ranakà nikówak’araį́reže.
they did not answer* to the one who was tied. They untied him and they went away.
*the interlinear has "silent", and the translation has "did not say a word", however, above the latter is written the word "answer".

 


 

"Hąhá hinį́k’haxčį́, te’é réske hąk’óraknį́ną.
"All right little brother, this one even he did not tell.

 


 

Te’é wirórakra heréną. Hą́k’aka č’ąkéča
This illustration it is. Never to outsiders

 


 

č’ąt’į́nįkče žeskéną.
not to be shown [this.]

 


Source:

Amelia Susman, Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, January, 1939) Book 8:82-92.