Hočąk Text — Hare Recruits Game Animals for Humans, Version 2

translated by Richard L. Dieterle


The syllabic text, which has neither transliteration nor translation, is written with a dark, thick pencil, with good clarity. The text is of unknown provenance. The handwriting is very similar to that of Sam Blowsnake, so the text may have been transcribed by him from oral dictation. It was never published, nor was it even so much as transliterated and translated.


English Translation


 

p. 135 —
Ai Ki deAe ℒe Ao Ai Ki Ki d ℒe Ai x de
Hikį šere. higi, gišare. "Hixaže
To awake he acted. Body when he arrived, he cut bare. "I buried her

 


 

Ai o ni niK w A ℒ K tt K. w Kidi Ko i ℒ y K ℒ Ki rKe
hiuninįka wahara. Gająga wąkšigo’įra yakaragiske
the little mother my. Now the lives I [give refuge, also]

 


 

A o Ktt n Ae Ktt w wi Kd Kd n Kℒ. A ntt te e x doKo ni de.
ha’ųkjanahe gają." Wawikšąkšąnąkra hanąč tee xaškųniže.
I will do ." In every direction all this he uncovered.

 


 

tt n Ki Al l m n ℒ. diAidiAiKi A Kidi. Ao w ttiℒi deAe.
Janągi hąpmanira šišik hągiži. howajiriže.
When he saw the walkers on light bad he did it. He caused them to go up.

 


 

tt n K. m ℒe Ki. w xoAo liAi ni diAi diAi Kℒ Ki.
Jánąga mąrégi waxopį́nį šišigarági
All of the earth spirits bad

 


 

n Ke Ao ℒ. Aoyi rii ni Ki ℒe Ki. di Ke ℒo Kdi w do de.
nąkehura hųyis’inįkiregi, žigé rukšiwažuže.*
the upper part of the back [when body ... for any time] again [he pulled down.]

*ru-, to pull by means of the hand towards one; kši, to displace; žu, to put.

 


 

e rKe. w Kidi Kℒ. liAi w Kidi Kii ni Ktt n Ae de
Ésge wąkšikra piwagiži k’inikjanaheže
Therefore, the men [remaining] will continue

 


 

p. 136 —
Ai ℒe de. e Ki. te e di. tt n K.
hireže. égi t’eži janąga
they do. Then he killed all

 


 

A Ke liAi n ℒ Ae ℒe K tt. no ni Ke.
hąké pihinara heregáją, nųnįgé
not the good ones he did, but

 


 

tt n K. w d ℒ ℒo tti ℒ n ℒ.
janąga wažąra rujira nąra
all the things the food, the wood,

 


 

A ttA n K Ae ℒe Ko ni. w liAi o Kette Ai ℒe de.
hačanąkahereguni wapihi ų’kjehireže.
[which ever one he did] [tame] they would be made.

 


 

e rKe. w o de. liAi Ai w wi Ki
Ésge wa’ųže. Pįhí wawigi.
Thus he did. Carefully he picked them.

 


 

w xi Kette Ai ℒe de. e tt roto w Ai de. tt n K.
Waxikjehireže. Éja stowahíže. Jánąga
[They will be loaded with something]. There he gathered them. All things

 


 

w niyo tteKe ℒ. Ao ttℒ. Ao w ℒ. w d de rKe ℒ
waniyóčgera, hųjra, hųwara, wažąžesge,
the animals, bears, elk, these sorts of things,

 


 

A n ttAi roto w Ai de. w niyo tteKe xoAo no ni Kℒ deKe.
hanąčį stowahíže. waniyóčge xununįkraske,
all these he gathered together. Animals the little ones, also

 


 

w Ke Ko deKe. wi ttA wK. w d de rKe ℒ deKe.
waké, gųšgé, wičáwak, wažąžesgeraske,
raccoons, skunks, muskrats, all of these sorts of things, also

 


 

p. 137 —
e Ki wi Ki ni Ai tto do Ke ℒe de. de tt tt n K
égi wikini hijožukereže. Žejajanąga
and grease [cover themselves in]. When all was ended

 


 

diAi Ai Kette Ki di w Ki o Kette Ke. tt n K.
šį higejegiži, waki’ųkjege. Jánąga
fat when he made them, he would [do it]. All things

 


 

w KidiKi ℒ ℒo tti ℒe Ktt n Ae Ki di. de e diAi
wąkšigira rujirekjanahegiži, žee šį
the living ones when they were to be eaten, these fat

 


 

w Ai Ktt n Ae de. tteAe Kitti ℒ. Ao w K. Ai Ki wx deAe.
wahikjanaheže. Čekjira howaką higiwaxše,
he would cause them to be. The first time eel he asked him,

 


 

tt rKe Ai Ktt n Ae Ki di. Ao w K we de.
"Jasgé hįkjanahegiži?" howaką wéže.
"What would I suck?" eel he said.

 


 

w KidiKi ℒo tti Ktt n he de e de. e rKe.
"Wakšig rujikjanaheže," éže. Ésge
"Humans could I eat him?" he said. And so

 


 

w ditti Ke K we de. Ai ℒ tt ni reKe K tt e de.
Wašjįgega wéže, "Hi rajnisgegają," éže.
Hare said, "With teeth after you eat a piece." he said.

 


 

Ai ℒ Ki w A de. Ai ℒ. reAe ℒe ttAi re de. n Ke we rKe de
hira giwaháže. hira seréjireže. Nąkeweskeže.
Teeth he showed him. The teeth they were long. He was also afraid.

 


 

p. 138 —
e Ki. te e. wK Kidi Ke tt. w i Ao w tti n.
Égi tee wąkšigeja waihowajiną
And this one among the people [he asked him]

 


 

ℒo tteℒe Ai rKe w deAe Ki di. Ai K n K. mi Ki
rujere. "Hisgé wašegiži hikanąk mįki
to go eat. "Some portion as you said [I took it] [as he lay there]

 


 

xl leKe. Ao Koo de. K tt roKo teKe Kitti Ki di.
xapge hok’ųže," gają. Skutege gijigiži
quickly to give it back," . Because of the sourness after he received them

 


 

Ai ℒ lo rA n Ai de. Ai leAe ni Ke tt tA n.
hira bosąnąhiže. Hi pe nįgeja taną.
the teeth by means of great force, they fell out. Teeth in his head at someplace he had left.

 


 

ttAo we xitti niKi Ai rKe niKi Ao t Ai ℒe de.
Čowexjį nįk hisgé nįk hotahireže.
Very little small some small ones they remained.

 


 

e tt. Ao w K xK deAe. w ditti Ke
Éja howaką xakše. Wašjįge
There eel he cried. Hare

 


 

A Ke liAi ni w Ae K tt. tt Ko A Ke
hąké pįni. Wahegają, "Jagú hąké
not he did not like it. He said, "How not

 


 

de rK ni Kette n. Ai teKe niKi w ℒ K. tee wi ℒe Ki di
žeskanikjeną. Hiteknįkwaraga tee wiregiži.
could it not be? Your little uncles this they have to work with.

 


 

p. 139 —
Ai ℒo tti ℒ ni Ae Kette n e de. e Ki w ditti Ke
Hirujiranihekjeną," éže. Égi Wašjįge
I will be meant for eating," he said. And Hare

 


 

niK w i Ki nl deAe e liAi n.
nįk wa’įkinapše, "Epįna,
little he began to thank himself, "It is good,

 


 

Ai Ke de. e Ki di Ke. ttA ℒ.
hikéže? Égi žigé čara
is it not? And again the deer

 


 

de e di. w Kidi Kℒ. ℒo tti ℒ ni Ae Ktt n Ae de e de.
žeeži wąkšigra rujiranihekjanaheže," éže.
that the humans it will be meant for eating," he said.

 


 

di Ke. e Ki. Aotto tte K. Ai Ki w xi ℒe de.
Žigé égi hųjega higiwąxireže,
Again then the bears they asked him,

 


 

Ai ℒo tti ℒe Ktt n Ae n. e de. Ai d. A t Ki ntt ttiKi di.
"Hirujirekjanaheną?" Éže, "Hižą hataginąjgiži
"Will we be eaten?" He said, "One if he fasts

 


 

dA n Ai e Ktt n Ae n. e de. de d A Ke
šaną hiékjanaheną," éže. Žežą, "Hąké
only will he find," he said. [That one], "Not

 


 

A t Ki ntt miy n K Ao ni Ki di. wo xeAe ℒ.
hataginąč. Mįyanąk. Honįgiži, woxera
to fast. He sits. If he looking for him, from a storage pit

 


 

p. 140 —
ttAi ℒo le tt. n lℒ A Ki tt A K ni Ktt n Ae n.
čiróbeja nąpra hagiją haganikjanaheną.
by the door the hand partition he will be brought to him.

 


 

de Ko Ki di. A Ke Ai tt ni Ktt n Ae n. e de.
Žegųgiži, hąké hijanikjanaheną," éže.
For that reason, not I will not come (or change)," he said.

 


 

Ao tte. A Ke de rKe a ni ne.
"Hųje hąké žesge anine,"
"Bears not of that nature it is not said,"

 


 

w dtti Ke Ke e de. de rKe ℒ Ki di. m K A ni ℒe ℒ.
Wašjįgege éže. "Žesgeragiži mąkąhanįrera
Hare said. "If he was of that nature of the medicine

 


 

A Ke w d Ai ℒo d a Ki ℒ ni n.
hąké wažą hirut’agiraniną.
not thing by means of the hand he would not fall dead.

 


 

di Ke doAoKo ni Ai ℒe ℒ. A Ke w d ℒ
Žigé škuni hirerá hąké wažąra
Again perhaps when they got him not the thing

 


 

Ai d no ni Ai ℒ ni n. e Ki. di Ke.
hižą nuní hiraniną." Égi žigé
one to know nothing they are not doing it." And again

 


 

doAoKo xeAe te ℒ. Ai Ki wx deAe. we de. Ai Ao
šųkxetera higiwaxše, wéže. "Hiho
the horse he asked him, saying, "I ask permission

 


 

w ditti Ke. Ai teKe niKi w ℒ K. Ai o ni niKi w ℒ K w Ki do
Wašjįge hiteknįkwaraga hiuninįkwaraga wakížu
Hare your little uncles your little aunts be with them

 


 

p. 141 —
w Kdi K i Ktt n Ae n. w w Ki te Ktt n Ae n. tt Ko ℒ.
wąkšig’įkjanaheną," wawagé. "Tekjanahéną. Jagura
to live in the future," he said to them. "I will go. Whatever, what kind of

 


 

Ai d riKi Keℒe Ki ne w Ki Kii A ni Ae Ktt n Ae n.
hižą sgįgeregi newakik’ihanihekjanaheną,"
one it is heavy I will be doing it myself,"

 


 

e de. w ditti Ke ni K w i nl deAe. e liAi n.
éže. Wajįgenįka wa’įnąpše, "Epiną.
he said. Little Hare began to thank him, "It is good.

 


 

AoKo ℒ ni K tt. liAi ℒ Ktt n Ae ℒ. y leAe ℒe rA n.
Hųgra nigáją. Pįrakjanahera. Yaperesana
The chief you are. You will do well. I know

 


 

w n i liAi r ni n. mi dA n. A Ke
wanąį pįraniną Nišaną hąké
without effort you did well. As you only not

 


 

A m ni Ke ni K tt Ae ℒe n. w Kidi Kℒ tti Kette Ai deAe
hamąnigenigają hereną. Wągiži karajikjehiže.
when he is caused not to walk to be. When he calls you will cause yourself to come.

 


 

Kette ℒ. e liAi n e de. e Ki.
Gejera epíną," éže. Égi
[Because of this] it is good," he said. And

 


 

p. 142 —
w w Ke tt n K. ni ℒo tti ℒe Ktt n A wi
wawagé, "Janąga ni rujirekjaną. Hawi
he said to them, "All of you will be eaten. Hides

 


 

Ai dA wi ℒ. wi Ki ni tt ne e Ki. Ao Ai ℒ wi ℒe.
hišawíra. Wiginįjąne." Égi hohirawire.
you promised to me. [You are to stand together with men."] And they were defeated.

 


 

ni diAi Ktt n A wi n. wi Ke Ki di. Ao tte K. ttAo ni xitti
"Ni šikjanahawiną." Wigegiži hųjega čonixjį
"You will take part in this favor." When he told them Bear the very first

 


 

Ai tt Ao miKi deAe. e tt de Ko
hijá homįkše. Éja žegų́
there to lie down. There now

 


 

Ao Ki K w ttA de. e rKe diAi xitti de. e dA n.
hogiga wačąže. Ésge šįxjįže. Éšaną
to give he chose. Therefore much fat. Only

 


 

w d ℒ. e Ki de de Ko K tt. tt tt Kiri Ke K.
wažąra égi žežegúñgają. Jająksigega
the things here thus they were. Mink

 


 

Ai tt Ko woKo Ai ℒe de. A Ke de rK ni n.
hiją kuwųk hireže. "Hąké žesganiną.
there he dove in he did. "Not it can be.

 


 

A Ke ℒotto liAi n d w o n.
Hąké ruj pįnažą wa’ųną,"
Not to eat a good one he is,"

 


 

p. 143 —
ay ℒe Ki di. ℒo xe Ai ℒ n K. ℒo riKi Ki ℒe de
airegiži. Ruxe hiránąga rusgįkireže.
they were saying. They chased him they did and they wrung him out.

 


 

e rKe ℒo ℒ ℒo reAe ℒe tti ℒe de.
Ésge róra rosere* jiréže.
And so body squeezed out he began.

*this seems to be the right translation for the context, but the attested form of this word is rosiri.

 


 

di Ko Ko deKe n K. m no Ai tt
Žegų́gų škenąga mąnų hija
So in that manner also to steal there

 


 

Ao tal deAe. Ko te de e Ai Ke
hot’ąpše. "Koté, že’e hįké
he jumped into. "Koté, this one not

 


 

rotto liAi ni d w o n. lA n diAi
sųč pįnįžą wa’ųną. Pana šį
to finish not a good one he did. The head fat

 


 

diKi Ki d Ae ℒe n. ay ℒe K tt. we de
šikižą hereną," airegáją. Wéže
a good one it is," they were saying. He said

 


 

Ko deKe ni K. w Kidi Kℒ. Ai d Ao w d n K.
Gųškenįka, "Wąkšikra hižą hówažánañgá,
Little Skunk, "The humans one after he becomes sick,

 


 

Ai ℒotto Ki deKe. ℒo w d ℒ. A Ki lA
hįruj gišge. Ro wažąra hagipa
he eats me he does. Body the thing to strike against

 


 

A ri Ktt n Ae n. e de. e Ki. w ditti Ke ni K
hazįkjanaheną," éže. Égi Wašjįgenįka
he will hold in a certain position," he said. Then Litte Hare

 


 

we de. liAi w Ke. w Kidi Ko i wo K n.
wéže, "Pį wage. Wąkšiko’į wogáną.
he said, "Good what he said. Life he gave them.

 


 

p. 144 —
o Kette n. Ai Ky ℒe de. e Ki tt n K Ki di.
Ųkjeną," higaireže. Égi janągagiži
He will do it," he told them. Then everyone

 


 

A ntt oyi ℒe de. e Ki. e ℒe de.
haną́č uyįreže. Égi éreže.
all they did. And that was it.

 


Source:

The Hare Cycle, in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks, Freeman #3897 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, n.d.) Winnebago V, #23: 135-144.