Hočąk Text — The Scenting Contest

Told by an elder of the tribe in 1912

Transcribed by Sam Blowsnake

Translation based on the interlinear of Oliver LaMère


Winnebago V, #7: 404


For a description of this manuscript, its source, style, transcription, and interlinear translation, see the syllabic text to Trickster's Warpath.


English Translation


 

p. 404 —
e Ki. w Ktt K K. e tt Ao we owK deAe.
Égi Wakjąkaga éja howé ’uwąkše.
Then Trickster [there] was going about [he was].

 


 

e tt w deAe se Ke ni K. A Ki tt de. we de. Ao Ao
Éja Wašerekénįka hagijaže. Wéže, "Ho ho,
There Little Fox* he came across. He said, "Oh my!

*translated by LaMère as "Coyote". For a discussion of the identity of Wašerekénįka, see Little Fox.

 


 

p. 405 —
Ao we deKe n tte ni K tt. Ai roAoKo niK. A s. e Ki
howešge nąjénįgają hisųknįk hara égi
it is not possible to go about it seems, but little brother my here

 


 

Ao we owK. e de. Ai roAo Ki tti. w d
howé ’uwąk," éže. "Hisųgijį, wažą
going about he is," he said. "Little brother, something

 


 

y se n. xeAe n Kse. Ai A Ke tt. Ao wy se Kette n. e Ki di.
yaréną. Xenąkre hihagéja howairékjeną," egíži.
I think. That hill on the top of it let us go," he said.

 


 

p. 406 —
xeAe s Ao ti se de. Ai A Ke tt A Ai se Ki di. m s
xera hotireže. Hihagéja hahíregíži, mąrá
The hill they climbed up. On top when they got, country

 


 

Ao Ki Kixi A ntt ttA tii de. A A. Ai rAo Ki tti.
hogigįx´ haną́č čąt’įže. "Hąhą́, hisųgijį,
surrounding all it was visible. "Now then! my little brother,

 


 

e Ki. w lA leAe sere Ai o Kette n. w lA leAe sere s Ki Ki doAo no n.
égi Wapaperes hi’ųkjeną. Wapaperes ragigišųnųną.
here Keen Scenter we will play. A keen scenter you always let on to be."

 


 

p. 407 —
Ai deKe de rKe A s n Ki Kii doAo no n. A ttiAi tt.
Hišgé žésge haranagik’išųnųną. Hačį́ja
Also that way I always think of myself. Where

 


 

p. 408 —
w K diKi Ai wo roAotto Ai s ni Ae Ki di. Ai wo so lA n Kette n.
wąkšik hiwusųč´ hiranihegiži, hiwurupąnąkjeną,"
people near if there are we shall scent them,"

 


 

e de. e tt Ki lA A xA s. A ni s n K.
éže. Éjagi pa haxará haniranąga
he said. So then noses they held up they had and

 


 

wo s ri ri Ki se de. w deAe se Ke ni K so K n de. Ai Ko Ai deKe
worazizįgireže. Wašerekénįka rokánaže. higų hišgé
began to smell. Little Fox was very much.* [Now] also

*for "much" the translation has "diligent".

 


 

w Ktt K K. A Ke w di so K n Ai ni de. w Ktt K K.
Wakjąkaga hąké wažį́ rokána hiniže. Wakjąkaga
Trickster not anything very much [he did].* Trickster

*hąké wažį́ rokána hiniže, has been incorrectly translated as, "[he] was very diligent."

 


 

Ao rKe xitti w o nK deAe. Ao rKe w deAe se Ke ni K
hosgéxjį wa’ųnąkše. Hosgé Wašerekénįka
very much was it not so that he could do it.* Just Little Fox

*the translation has for hosgéxjį wa’ųnąkše, "[he] was unable to scent anything but he did thus."

 


 

p. 409 —
we rAi wi w o nK deAe. Ai Ko de e e tt.
wesįwį wa’ųnąkše. higų že’e éja
to observe is why he did it. [Now] [this] there

 


 

rii Ai wo dA ra de. lAtt e tt mi n Ki di e tt.
s’i hiwušas’aže. Pajeja minąkiži éja.
for some time he would stop. Forest it sat there.*

*the translation renders this as, "It was in the direction of a timber that was there."

 


 

e tt w di s n i n Ko ni Ai se de. e rKe
éja wažįra ną’įgųnį, hireže. Ésge
There something [he might try,]* he thought. So

*the translation has, "he must scent".

 


 

p. 410 —
w Ktt K K. we de. Ai roAo Ki tti. lAtt n K. e tt
Wakjąkaga wéže, "Hisųgijį, pajnąka éja
Trickster said, "My little brother, that timber there

 


 

Ai rKe ttAi nK dA n. Ai roAo Ki tti Ao doAo so ttiri rK tt
hisgé činąkšąną. Hisųgijį hošurujisgają
some there are living. My younger brother I am equal (to you)

 


 

wo so lA n s e de. A Ke w di leAe rini nK
wurupąnąra," éže. Hąké wažį́ pesinįnąk
the scenting,"* he said. Not anything he did not know of,

*hošurujisgają wurupąnąra, is translated in the MS as, "you cannot scent as well as I can".

 


 

p. 411 —
no ni Ke. Ao rKe. w deAe se Ke ni K. e tt w do we riAi wi Ki di.
nųnįgé hosgé Wašerekénįka éja wažó wesįwįgiži
but just because Little Fox there something [perceive]* and

*the translation has "scent".

 


 

wi ttA tii Ki di e rKe we de. tt A a. Ai roAo Ki tti
wičąt’įgiži, ésge wéže. "Jáha-á! hisųgijį,
he showed it in his actions, that is why he said it. "Well! my little brother,

 


 

Ai dKe A Ke deKe ni Ke w do
hišgé hąké ške nįgé wažó
also not also someplace something

 


 

p. 412 —
deAe we rAi wi ni de Ai Ke de. Ai dKe w s Ke K. e tt
šewesįwįnįže," higeže. Hišgé waragéga, "éja
don't you perceive?" he asked him. Also he said, "There

 


 

w d Ko ni y se n. e de. Ao Ao. Ai roAo Ki tti
wažągųnį yaréną," éže. "Hoho, hisųgijį,
something [perhaps] I think," he said. "Ah! my little brother,

 


 

Ai Ko Ai deKe di. wo doAo so lA n niKi s tte de tte s.
higų hišgéži wušurupąnąnįkra ježejera,"
still also you can scent a little [the one who is],"

 


 

p. 413 —
e de. A Ao. Ai rAo Ki tti. e Ki w w te Ktt ne n.
éže. "Hoho, hisųgijį, égi wawátekjaneną."
he said. "Hoho, my little brother, there I will be going to."

 


 

e Ki. w K n K e tt Ao w se de. Ai tt Ai K tt.
Égi wagánąk éja howareže. hijahigają,
Then to what he meant there he went. When he got there,

 


 

Ao w se s. w KidiKi ttAi n Ki d e tt nK dAe.
howarera wąkšik činąkižą éja nąkše.
sure enough human a village there it was.

 


 

e tt. A Ai Ao soKo o de. A Ko se d deKe
Éja hahíhorók’ųže. Hagoréžą ške
There he went and stayed. Finally, [also]

 


 

p. 414 —
Ai noKo K nK deAe. e Ki. de e. A Ko sey d. rii de.
hinųkąnąkše. Égi že’e. Hagoreižą s’iže.
he got married. Then, thus it was. Time had passed long.

 


 

ni KttK deKe ttAo de. e Ki. ttA ni Ki xA n A Ay se Ki di.
Nįkjąkške čųže. Égi čanįgixana hahairegiži,
Child [also] he had. Then the fall moving when they went,*

*translated as, "was on."

 


 

Ai deKe i ne Ki ni Ke A Ai ttAi de. e tt.
hišgé inéki nįgé hahíčiže. Éja
so alone in a certain place he went and lived. There

 


 

p. 415 —
de Ko ttAinK ra de. de Ko Ai rKe xitti e tt
žegų́ činąks’aže. Žegų́ hisgéxjį éja
[now] he would be. [Now] [truly] there

 


 

m ttiAi de. A Ke A Ktt ttiAi n Ke tt
mąčíže. Hąké hakja činąkeja
he made his permanent home.* Not back to the village

*mąčí means more precisely "to winter".

 


 

A K Ki ni de. e Ki de e A Ko se d. we de.
hakaginįže. Égi že’e hagoréžą wéže,
he would not move back. Then [this one] finally said,

 


 

p. 416 —
Ai roAoKo A s. de tt ny xitti Ao m K s Ki ni te Ktt n Ae n e de.
"Hisųǧira, žejánaíxjį homąkrakinitekjanaheną," éže.
"My younger brother, about now I will go and visit," he said.

 


Source:

"Wakjukaga," in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks, Freeman #3897 (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, ca. 1912) Winnebago V, #7: 404-416. A translation has been published in Paul Radin, The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology (New York: Schocken Books, 1956) 40-41.