Hočąk Text — Battle of the Night Blessed Men and the Medicine Rite Men

narrated by Jasper Blowsnake


English Translation

 

p. 193 —
e A Ko se d w o ne de. m K ni s.
E
hagorežą
wa'úneže.
Mąkąnira
[They]
once
[they were the ones who did it.]
The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

A Ae xo s w Ki w rA Ai se de. Ki di A Ko se d
Hąhexora
wakiwasą
hireže.
Giži
hagorežą
the Night Blessed
jealous
they were.
And
one day

 


 

w o ne de. m K ni s. A Ae xo ls. wi dK tti o
wa'úneže.
Mąkąnira
Hąhexopra
wišgaji'ų
[they were the ones who did it.]
The Medicine [Rite] men
the Night blessed
to play tricks

 


 

w Ki do. o ne Ktt ayi se de. m K ni s wyi se de.
wakižu
'ųnekja,
aireže.
Mąkąnira
waireže.
with
they would do,
they said.
The Medicine [Rite] men
they said [it].

 


 

A Ae xo ls o ne n. a Kow Ki n Ki se n. m K ni s.
Hąhexopra
'ųneną.
Aguwakinąkireną.
Mąkąnira
The Night blessed men
they were willing.
They sat opposite.
The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

p. 194 —
wi dK tti o ne n. e Ki so dtt ne s. Ai dK K o ne n.
wišgaji'ųneną.
Égi
rušjanera
hišgaga
'ųneną,
they played tricks.
And
they got through
[in turn]
[they did,]

 


 

A Ae xo s w o ne n A Ae xo ls e Ao s ttAe s
Hąhexora
wa'ųneną.
Hąhexopra
e
horačera
the Night blessed ones
they did it.
The Night blessed
[they]
more

 


 

w o n m K ni s. w n ne n e rKe. m K ni s.
wa'ųną.
Mąkąnira
wanąneną.
Ésge
Mąkąnira
they did it.
The Medicine [Rite] men
they were defeated.
So
The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

w n Ke we n. w dA Kiwi Ko tti se Ki dKe A Ke tee
wanąkeweną,
wašagwigujiregi,
ške
hąké
t'e
they feared them,
because they shot them with claws,
but
not
to kill

 


 

p. 195 —
w Ai so xAo so Ki s ni Ki e rKe w n K w se de. e Ki m K ni n K
wahiruxurugiranįgi,
ésge
wanąkawareže.
Égi
Mąkąninąka
they could not do it,
therefore
they were afraid of them.
And
the Medicine Rite men

 


 

Ao tee Ai s tt rKe w Ki Ki n i o ne Ki
hot'ehira
jasgé
wagigi
ną'į
'ųnegi,
they could kill
[how]
[they made it]
to wish
[as they did,]

*jasgé wagigi ną'į 'ųnegi, is an idiom translated, "any way they wished".

 


 

e rKe m K ni s wo so tti rs Ai lAe se ri se n de n K n
ésge
Mąkąnira
worujisra
hiperezireną.
Ženąganą.
so
the Medicine Rite men
to be inferior
[they were known].
This is all.

 


Source:

Jasper Blowsnake, "Hicjaxíri Waci", in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, n. d.) Notebook 23: 192-195. A phonetic text only is found in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, n. d.) Notebook 69: 36 (s 469)-37.