Hočąk Text — The Twins Disobey Their Father, Version 3

collected by Sam Blowsnake


English Translation


p. 53 —
Hakoréža s’ižé xetéreže. Č’ąkráške hoškačiranáka
Sometime long time he became big. The outside also they play in and

 


 

haríšké ho’ų́ineškųni. ’Éki hakaréžą wąkanákre
far away also they did maybe. And at some time this man

 


 

wažanirék’arohoki, wežé, "Hinį́khaxčįra, škačrá
when he was ready to go hunting for something, he said, "My sons, to play

 


 

p. 54 —
harioš’ųáračą́winą. Éča nįké xeíža," wakéžé. Žiké
you go too far away. There somewhere a mountain," he said. "Again

 


 

hakanį́xčį́ yórawášarawiéke. Hak’é p’įnįkewahéną," éže.
not ever I say that you go there. Not that isn't good,"` he said.

 


 

’Éki wažónįnarežé. ’Éki hižá wawíže,
And they went out hunting. And one of them he said,

 


 

p. 55 —
"K’oté, hi’áčįhira nikowarewąkašíraškè."* ’Éki hižá
"[Say,] father he also wants us to go someplace." And one of them
* < nįge-howare-wąkašira-ške.

 


 

wežé, "K’oté nižíroǧiweneare,"* ’éže. Hižá
he said, "Say, I thought he forbade us," he said. One
*niži is a separate exclamation often translated as "say". The remainder of the expression should probably be, roǧiwinežare.

 


 

weže, "K’ažó, yowáre wą̀kašiną." ’Éki
he said, "No sir! to go he wants us." And

 


 

’anąk’ų́ haraíreže. Wakéká ’eowaraíreže. ’Éki
[as they were saying] [they went.] That which they meant there they went. And

 


 

’ų́nak’ų́ hahírekačą, xeák’a ’éča hahírekačą,
still [when they arrived,] the hill there [when they arrived,]

 


 

p. 56 —
wak’ąrá rok’ąnažé. ’Éki hoč’ič’inįk č’ekčane
the snakes there were lots of them. Then small boy this new one

 


 

wežé, "K’oté, te’é ’ázires’áže, ’aíreną,"
he said, "Say, these things they are always good to eat they say,"

 


 

’ežé. "K’oté Warorá, hiskè t’éhire.
he said. "Say Flesh, some [let's kill.]

 


 

Hi’áčraka hiské hakáni k’erekčeną." ’éže.
Your father some taking let's go home." he said.

 


 

’Éki žeské kisák hačiaraireki haruxá
And that kind to kill they began, but increasing

 


 

p. 57 —
xéteaíraíreže, wak’ą́rá. ’Ų́nak’ų́ Waròka t’ehíreže.
they got big right along, the snakes. As they were doing it, Flesh he was killed.

 


 

’Éki hičąréčeka hičáčiránaka ’aíča haruk’ózanaka
And the other one he came up to him and at his arm he caught hold and

 


 

nąžį́kikiže. ’Éki wakéžé, "K’oté Warorá,
he put him standing up. And he said to him, "Say Flesh,

 


 

p. 58 —
wažą́kisakra kip’iéskákereki, ’éki ranašának," hikánaka
to kill something it is such fun, but here you are sleeping," he said to him and

 


 

nažį́k’ereže. Žiké žekų́’ų ’ųxčįreškųnį wak’ą́
he put standing. Again that time they really did it, snakes

 


 

kisakra. ’Éki kačą́ká hičaíraxčį wak’ą́rá
killing. And at that time very much bigger the snakes

 


 

p. 59 —
xetexčįrežé. ’Éki ’ų́nak’ų́ hiškaká hičaréčàka
they are very big. And while doing it, in his turn the other one

 


 

t’ehíreže. ’Éki Hiškaká Waroká hičàčiránaka ’aíča
he was killed. And In his turn Flesh he came there and by his arm

 


 

haruk’ózanaka nažį́kikižè. Wakéžé, "K’oté Wanaǧinikra,
he grasped and he stood him up. He said to him, "Say Little Ghost,

 


 

p. 60 —
kip’į’eskákereki čakú’u ranąšának?" hikeže. ’Éki
it is fun, but why you are sleeping?" he said to him. And

 


 

žiké wokítekireže. Kačáka mąščą́ ’ų́ireže.
then they became angry. Afterwards strong they did.

 


 

Hičararuxa wak’ą́ná xetexčį́ haraíreže. ’Éki
Becoming more the snakes very big they became. And

 


 

kačą́ka hotášké heč’ų́ireže. Hehi’ų́iránaka wawap’óx
afterwards some of them they had horns. They used the horns and to gore them

 


 

p. 61 —
hires’áže.* ’Éki hahišké žikè huxaíčaškè
they often did. And even later even on the back
*just after this word, ’ežé has been crossed out.

 


 

herąžįrežè. ’Ų́nak’ų haną́č t’e wahíreže.
there stood horns. As they were doing it, all dead they made them.

 


 

Žežekúkiži xéhoikšékižą wak’ąrá hoixčį́ híreže.
After that a valley the snakes nearly filled they did.

 


 

’Éki Wanaǧįnįk’a wežé, "’Ečaxčį ženą́kuni.
And Little Ghost he said, "That's all perhaps to be all gone.

 


 

p. 62 —
Hįk’erekčéną." ’Éki Wanaǧįnįk’a wéže, "K’oté
Let's go home." And Little Ghost he said, "Say

 


 

Warorá, šįxčína hižą́ hi’ąčraka hakáni
Flesh, the real fat ones one of them your father to take

 


 

k’erekčéną," ’ežé. ’Éki* hičánačèxčížą že’é
let us go," he said. And one just about the right size that one
*just after this word, hik’ą́ra has been crossed out.

 


 

p. 63 —
hániąk’araíreže. Hanįąkíreki, ’éki Wanaǧinįk’a wéžé,
he took it back home. After he took it back, and Little Ghost he said,
*just after this word, ’ežé has been crossed out.

 


 

"K’oté Warorá, hi’ą́čraka tok’éwehi k’ìrikčanéną.
"Say Flesh, your father hungry he will come back.

 


 

Nįké hokíhąkčéną. Žeskékčèną," ’eže.* ’Éki
Piece let's boil. Let's do that," he said. And
*after this word, waroká has been crossed out. On the same line is written, "Lots of stories, but this is true because proof — see the place below La Crosse in Wisc."

 


 

p. 65* —
nį́akuahíranaka hičá hak’érerèže, p’ečéča. ’Eki
they went after the water and there they put it, in the fire And
*p. 64 is devoted entirely to verbal paradigms.

 


 

wak’ą́rá mąč’áč’airánaka reǧrá* hoixčį hožuíreže.
the snake they cut with a knife and the bucket full they put.
*after /ǧ/ the letter /e/ has been crossed out.

 


 

’Éki hohąíreže. ’Éki p’ečerá hot’ųíranaka
And they boiled. And the fire they built and

 


 

wohą́ra* xerehíreže. ’Éki wohą́ra tučkíži,
the boiling stuff they made it boil. And the boiling stuff after it cooked,
*/wo/ is written above a crossed out original /wa/.

 


 

p. 66 —
’ąčkéreránaka kizéreže. Wanaǧį́nįk’a nįké račkážé.
they took it away and they lifted it out. Little Ghost piece he tasted.

 


 

Wežé, "K’oté Warorá, wokížuk’asą́ną," ’ežé.
He said, "Say Flesh, it sure tastes good," he said.

 


 

’Éki Waroká nįké račkáže. "K’oté
And Flesh piece he tasted. "Say

 


 

wokížuk’asą́ną." Žekú wohá t’ee žekú
it sure tastes good." Anyway boiled stuff this [then]

 


 

p. 67 —
hįručíkčèną. ’Éki žiké nįke hiohákčeną."
let us eat. And also piece let us boil."

 


 

’Éki žeské hiwíže. ’Éki wohą́ra
And thus they did. And the boiled stuff

 


 

’ač’ų́įranaka ’ak’íak’e činą́kiránaka ’ųąčiaraíreki č’epíreže.
they took out and on both sides they came and sat and as they started to do it, they ate it up.

 


 

Žekúkiži "K’oté Warorá, xapké hįhikike,
After that, "Say Flesh, hurry [let us do it quickly,]

 


 

p. 68 —
hi’ą́čraka nįké hokíhąkčeną. Hišké kip’į́kčanéną,"
your father piece let us boil for him. Too he will like it,"

 


 

’éže. ’Éki nąk’araíraną, haníak’iríreže.
he said. And they ran up, water they brought back.

 


 

’Éki hik’ų́hé wanį́rá wak’ą́ wanį́rá
And to hurry the meat snake the meat

 


 

mąč’ač’aíranaka reǧéča hožúiranaka pečéča k’eréreną.
they cut it with a knife and in the bucket they put it and on the fire they put.

 


 

p. 69 —
’Éki p’ečrá hot’ųįreže. ’Éčaxči túčnąčexčíka,
And the fire they built up. Just about the time when it was cooked,

 


 

wažónįra k’írižé. Hik’ip’á hįkuána hokirákireže,
the hunter he came home. They meet right away they told him,

 


 

"Čačí, tónįkéwehixčį rak’iríkčanekųni, hiháwike, wonįkihawíną,"
"Father, very hungry you would probably come back, we thought, we boiled something for you,"

 


 

p. 70 —
hikaíreže. "Te’éže. Č’onírečą wohąį́žą č’epáwiną,"
they said. "This is it. Already one boiled thing we finished,"

 


 

hikaíreže. "Wohára ’įrék’i račíkčanèną. Hąk’é
they told him. "The boiled stuff alone you will eat. Not

 


 

nąč’ké woįnač’ínįkčonąwiną. ’E rak’ík’uxčįkčéną." ’Éki wohą́ra
do not worry about us. So you yourself will do it all." And [the boiled stuff]

 


 

p. 71 —
hičákik’eréreže. ’Éki čakų́ wa’ų́čeki ruǧúčkačą,
they put it there for him. And what [as he was doing it] after he looked,

 


 

tewérak’i, wak’ą wa’ųčéže. ’Éki wežé,
unexpectedly, snake it was. And he said,

 


 

"’Ehé," ’ežé,* "nįkčą́knakaxčį́wira hąk’é žeskánįną,"
"Oh," he said, ["my dear children,] not it is not so,"
*there is a /w/ written above the line with a question mark underneath it.

 


 

p. 72 —
’eže. "Te’é wažą wák’ąčą́kiréną. Wak’ą́ną́kre
he said. "This something they were holy. This snake

 


 

xap’é hanį́rawìke nį́eča howaxų́wį́re," ’ežé.
hurry you [cause to] have in water you pour into," he said.

 


 

"Reǧrá ružáxčíwiąžé." ’Éki žeské híwiže.
"The bucket wash." And thus they did.

 


 

p. 73 —
Niówaxųįránaka réǧrá ružaíranaka haníakíreže. ’Éki
They poured water into it and the bucket they washed and they brought it back. And

 


 

wą́kčare wok’ihánaka waručšé. Č’ičínįkná´k’a waíreže,
the man he boiled something and he eats. That little boy they said,

 


 

"Wak’ą́rá nįké račkáp’į́ rànįkáčą," hikaíreže.
"The snake piece it tastes good after you have," they said.

 


 

"Hą́k’aka wažą ’ás žeské račanikųnį,
"Never something good to eat like this you will probably not eat,

 


 

p. 74 —
’éčaxčį," hikaíreže. ’Éki žekų́ ’ų́nąks’àže.
maybe," they said. And thus he always does.

 


 

Žiké žé hakoréžą s’iréki. Žiké
Again that sometime a long while afterwards. Again

 


 

wežé, "Hakoréžą hinį́k’haxčį́, žeské hihekáške
he said, "Sometime my own sons, thus I said

 


 

p. 75 —
’eč’ą́ hok’ixáčąk’é nąráxkų haračą́ nunįkè
even before wrong way, incorrectly you understand [?], but

 


 

hąk’é p’įnį́ke wahéną. ’Éki xe
not because it is not good I say it. Here mountain

 


 

hakšížą miną́kšana. Hą́k’aka ’éča hotiwínįače,"
a high one it sits. Never there do not climb,"

 


 

’ežé. ’Éki čačį́rečą žiké nąk’ík’arararekíži.*
he said. And again also he went out hunting.
*just after this word, čaži is crossed out.

 


 

p. 76 —
Čačį́reča Wanaǧinįk’a wežé, "Warora, hi’ąčraka
Again [Little Ghost] he said, "Flesh, you father

 


 

nįkéhowáre wą́kašíną, yare. Čačą́naki hįrékčąnéže?"
to go out somewhere he want us, I think. When we will go?"

 


 

’éže. ’Éki Waroká wežé, "K’oté,
he said. And Flesh he said, "Say,

 


 

p. 77 —
č’oníške žeské hišérá čakú nįžiroǧiwéną,"
before that you said [how] he forbade us,"

 


 

p. 77 —
’ežé. Žiké Wanaǧinik’a wežé, "K’óte
he said. Again [Little Ghost] he said, "Say

 


 

Warorá, hąk’é nąráxkųnįké wašékuni. ’Eowáre
Flesh, not because you do not understand you said that probably. To go there

 


 

wąkašíreną." ’Éki ’ą́nąk’ų žiké Waroká
they want." And [while saying] again Flesh

 


 

p. 78 —
hanaskápirekè haraíreže. ’Éki haraírekiži, wakéká
[he caused to be persuaded] they go on. And where they went, he talked about

 


 

’éča hahírekačą, xéniš hąkšíxčįžą xétexčįžą
there after they arrived, rocky mountain a high one a big one

 


 

p. 79 —
’éča nakšé. Xenák’a hokį́kíxirekíži, hanąč’´
there it sat. This mountain as they went around it, all

 


 

’į́níže. Hąk’é nįké hotíp’įnį̀že. Žeské
it is stone. Not place it is not good to climb. Thus

 


 

nunįké ’ų́nak’ų́ hotíreže. Hotíreki, ’éča
but [finally] they climbed up. [Once they climbed it,] there

 


 

wanį́komą xétexčįžą hi’éreže. Wanį́knįkrá čopíwi*
bird nest a very big one they found. The young birds four
*this word is written below a crossed out čo’op’í.

 


 

p. 80 —
’éča ną́kšana. ’Éki wanį́knįkną̀k’a wawok’ít’aireže.
there sitting. And these small birds they talked to each other.

 


 

Wawakaíreže, "Čakų́’ų waš’ušanakwíže?" wawikaíreže. ’Éki
They said to them, "Why you are doing this?" they said to them. And

 


 

waíreže, "Š’ákwahawira ’eki hižúiráwìra, hįxétewikišana,
they said, "Our parents here they put us, we got big,

 


 

p. 81 —
hak’érekšanáwike." ’Éki žiké wawakaíreže, "Čačánaka
we will be caused to go back." And again they said to them, "When

 


 

š’akwarawíka hačíres’áže?" wawikaíreže. ’Éki waíreže,
your parents they usually come?" they said to them. And they said,

 


 

"Wanį́kną́k’a hačírekče* roákųwįka hawą́wíka hačírešunu,"
"Those birds they will come because we want them because I holler they always come,"
*just before this word, hak’irirekče has been crossed out.

 


 

p. 82 —
’aíreže. "’Éki hak’írirekčéną, ràwąwį́ka. Čakú
they said. "And let them come back, because you hollered. How

 


 

hišawis’aki* ’awíre," wawikaíreže. ’Éki hakak’íšana
when you usually say say," they said to them. And each one
*between the syllables /ša/ and /wi/, /kiz/ has been crossed out.

 


 

wąíreže. Kačą́ wioiréreki k’oíreže. Wak’ąčára
they hollered. Then where the sun goes down they thundered. The Thunderbirds

 


 

p. 83 —
hakuíreže. ’Éki ražrá wawikíwąǧirèže. ’Éki
they came. And the name they asked them of them. And

 


 

hižą́ č’ekčį́ra hikiwą́ǧireki wežé, 'Ną́raskàpmąníka'
one the first when they asked he said, 'One who Flattens Trees by Walking on Them'

 


 

hįkaíreną." ’Egáčą, waki’ų́įreže. Nąčóčóxirežé. "Nįréške
they call me." After he said it, they did it to him. They smashed him with their feet. "Even I

 


 

p. 84 —
hįk’é 'Ną́raskàpmąníka' hįkaíranį," žiké hičą́néra
I not 'The One Who Flattens Trees by Walking' I am not called," and this other one

 


 

hikiwą́ǧirežè. "'Núwuhik’ísuwumąnį́ka' hikaíreną," ’éžé, žiké
they asked. "'Walking Hail' I am called," he said, and

 


 

p. 85 —
nąčóčoxireže. "Nįréške hįk’é "'Núwuhik’ísuwumąnį́ka' hįkaíranį,"
they smashed him with their feet. "Even I I not "'Walking Hail' I am not called,"

 


 

hikaírežè. ’Éki žike hičą́néra hikiwą́ǧireže.
they said. And also this other one they asked.

 


 

"'Ną́isawakišíšká' hikaíreną," ’éžé. Žiké nąčóčóxireže.
'One Who Breaks Tree Tops' I am called," he said. Also they smashed him with their feet.

 


 

Žiké hičąréra hikíwąxíreže. Wežé, 'Čą́pčirehíka'
Also this other one they asked. He said, 'Lightning Passes By'

 


 

p. 86 —
hikaíreną," ’éžé. Žiké nąčóčóxireže. "Nįréške
I am called," he said. Also they smashed him with their feet. "Even I

 


 

hąk’é 'Čą́pčirehíka' hįkaíranį." Hanąč’ t’ewahírekača,
not 'Lightning Passes By' I am not called." All of them after they killed,

 


 

’éki Wak’ąčára hak’iríreže. Hak’iríreki, hoč’ąp’´
[then] the Thunders they came back. After they came, lightning

 


 

p. 87 —
hìrawíže. ’Éki Wanaǧinik’a wežé, "K’oté
they struck them. And Ghost he said, "Say

 


 

Warorá, ruč’kéra rok’ą́nąną, hiské hįkisákik’čéną,"
Flesh, the pigeon lots, plenty, some let's kill,"

 


 

’ežé. ’Éki ’éča Wak’ą́čá k’izaíreže.
he said. Then there Thunders they fought.

 


 

Č’onį́ Waroká t’ehíreže. ’Éki ’ųxčį́reže.
First Flesh he was killed. Then they really did it.

 


 

p. 88 —
Rohą́ Wak’ą́čára kišípirèže. ’Éki tanį́hašąną
Lots, some the Thunders they knocked down. And three times each

 


 

t’ehírawìže. Kašké ’ąronąk’ nąžį́k’ik’ere hires’áže.
they were killed. But catch the arm stood each other up they usually do.

 


 

’Éki hakoréža ruščąireže, k’izára. ’Éki
And afterward they stopped, the fight. And

 


 

p. 89 —
Wanaǧinįk’a wežé,* "K’oté Warórá, ručké
Ghost he said, "Say Flesh, pigeons
*just after this word, hačiana we is crossed out.

 


 

kisákrá kip’įéskekačą̀ woíšaráną, tečą k’iraną́ną́,"
killing it is such fun, [it is not right] every little while you sleep,"

 


 

hikézé. Waroká wežé, "K’oté, hišké
he said to him. Flesh he said, "Say, you too

 


 

žeské hinįkíreną. Rohą́ haišípnąną kačeréną,
in the same way I thought. Lots I would knock down I was going to,

 


 

p. 90 —
tečą k’iraną́ną́. Hoišą́ hįráną. K’oté,
every little while you sleep. To take time you did to me. Say,

 


 

hįkuáną hįk’èrekčéną. Ručké šįxčį́ną. Hižą́
right now let's go back. Pigeons they are very fat. One

 


 

p. 91 —
šą́ną hanį́k’erekčéną." ’Eki hižąšą́ną k’įranaka
each let us take back." And one each they carried and

 


 

hak’araíreže. ’Éki že’éži čačánaka hok’ík’it’ànąkše,
they went back. And [those] [when] they talked to each other,

 


 

čakú ’ųį́reka ha’éhíranaka hikšánàkše.* Žéžeku
what they did they talked about and they laughed. This way, the same
*the letter /e/ is written above a crossed out /ąną/.

 


 

hinak’ų hakíreže. Hakíre[ki],* wawíže, "Hįkuáną,
while doing it they arrived. When they arrived, they said, "Right away,
*the text has hakíreže, but the translation has "when they got home."

 


 

p. 92 —
hįwohákčeną," ’aíranaka reǧrá rusiránaka nią́kuaraireže.
let's boil them," they said and the bucket they took and they went after water.

 


 

Hak’irírekì, p’ečéča hak’eréreže. ’Éki hik’ų́hé
When they came back, on the fire they put. And hurrying

 


 

p. 93 —
ručkéra wamąč’áč’aírànaka reǧéča wožuíreže. ’Éki
the pigeons they cut them into pieces with a knife and into the bucket they put them. And

 


 

p’ečra hot’ųįreže. Wohą́ra xerekì tučkí,
the fire they built. [The boiled things] when it boiled when it cooked,

 


 

’ąčk’é reránaka kizeránaka warúčireže. ’Eki
out of taking out and taking out and they ate it. And

 


 

’ųxčį́reže. Warúčrá wohą́ra čepíxčį́reže. Ručkéra
they really did it. Eating the boiled food they ate it up. The pigeons

 


 

p. 94 —
šį́rekačą ’ásirekačą,* ’aíreže. "K’oté Warorá,
as they were fat they were good to eat, it is said. "Say Flesh,
*kačą is written above an original .

 


 

hįkuána hi’ačraka hiwokíhąkčeną. Tok’éwehi k’írikčanéną."
right away your father we will put it on to boil. Hungry he will come back."

 


 

Žigé wohą́ra hičak’eréreže. ’Eki túčną.
Again the boiled food they put there. And it cooked.

 


 

p. 95 —
Čexčį́kačą, wažónira k’iriže. ’Eki wakaíreže,
Just about then, the hunter he came back. And they said to him,

 


 

"Toík’ewehí rak’írikčáne hihaíríke wonį́kihąwíną,"
"Hungry you would come back because we thought we boiled something for you,"

 


 

hikaíreže. ’Eki wohą́ra hičákik’eréreže. ’Eki
they said to him. And [the boiled stuff] they took it over to him. And

 


 

p. 96 —
wąkną́k’a wohą́ra horugúčgačą, "Wak’ąča hohąįranaka,"
this man the boiled food after looking, "Thunderbirds they cooked and,"

 


 

wánąkše.* Wawákéže, "Hinį́khaxčiwira, hak’é† p’įnįrawíną.
he said. He said to them, "My own sons, not you did not do good.
*/še/ is written above a crossed out /šana/.
sic.

 


 

Te’e wažą wak’ąčakiréną," wawikéže. "Wohą́čare
These things they are holy," he said to them. This boiled stuff

 


 

p. 97 —
hanį́wįke, niéča híowaxuíreže. ’Eki reǧrá
you have, to the water pour them. And the bucket

 


 

ružawiánaka hanį́kuiáže," ’ežé. ’Eki reǧrá
wash, and bring it back," he said. And the bucket

 


 

haniak’írireže. Wąknąk’a wok’íhąže. Warúčšé. "Ručkéra
they carried back. That man he boiled for himself. He ate. "The pigeons

 


 

’az núnįke hąk’é ráčnį́kačą. Rexčį́*
good to eat but not you do not eat. You really
*an initial /n/ has been crossed out and an /r/ written above it.

 


 

p. 98 —
horak’íhikačą, wažą́ ’azrá hak’é* račnįkáčą,"
you hurt yourself, something the tasty not you did not eat,"
*sic.

 


 

hikaíreną. ’Eki ’ųnaks’áke hakoréžą wą́kčàre
they said. And because they kept doing this, after awhile that man

 


 

hinįkwahira waną̀k’árak’ewežé.
his own sons he was afraid of his own.

 


Source:

Amelia Susman, Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, May 29 - Oct. 10, 1938) Book 2.53-98.