Play annotation Ggagg Kʼidz Xiqay. Bird Village. Told by Ellen Savage, October 2002, at Ellenʼs house in Anchorage, Alaska.
Recorded by Donna Miller MacAlpine and Alice Taff. Transcribed and translated by Donna Miller MacAlpine, Edna Deacon, Lucy Hamilton, Louise Winkleman, and Alice Taff. (added for clarity) {false start} [notes]
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Play annotation Gila, he'?
Ready?
Play annotation Xitatldhoyh.
Iʼll start to tell a story.
Play annotation Gogide,
Here it is,
Play annotation xitatldhoyh.
Iʼll start to tell it.
Play annotation Qay xichux, trʼine, xidhiʼonh.
There was, it is said, a big village.
Play annotation Dina longh getiy.
Lots of people.
Play annotation Getiy longhin yił qay xixitlʼonh.
There were really lots of people in that village.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi trałtthʼet che uxitʼanh.
And their kashim was really big too.
Play annotation Trałtthʼet xoʼosin xiłdik, anh,
The kashim, on the other side of it, that one,
Play annotation xivigidinatiy, viyix xidhiʼonh.
their boss, had his house. [In the kashim, on the side opposite the door.]
Play annotation Yitotsʼin' anh, xivigidinatiy,
Then he, their boss,
Play annotation getiy, getiy gitsʼi ditʼanh dałine'.
really, really wrong he was doing, even though (he was the boss.)
Play annotation Xanekin edał tux, uxitin yuxudz,
When visitors would come, all of them,
Play annotation yił gitsʼin xoʼoł.
heʼd mess around with them.
Play annotation Xanekin qʼadeʼitʼi tsʼi, trʼine.
He doesnʼt like visitors, it is said.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi uxitin nqʼoxdina' ye yuxudz yeg,
So then all the people,
Play annotation dałine' xełedz xineg xididlitthʼe.
even so they lived well.
Play annotation Niłqay xiyił dixiditʼan tsʼi, gidughituxin.
They donʼt look like each other.
Play annotation Gidughituxin an, yixidistlʼi.
Some of them are small.
Play annotation Gidux gho tuxin che yixidechox.
Some of them are big.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi, anh, xiłdik trałtthʼet,
So then, those guys, the kashim,
Play annotation xeyan xididił tsʼin'.
they go inside it.
Play annotation {xivugh} Xivughiyithdon ye xivixo,
Their wives to them,
Play annotation vav xitixilayh, yitotsʼin',
food they bring in, then,
Play annotation yigixiłnonh iy trałtthʼet.
they eat in the kashim.
Play annotation Yitotsʼin ngiʼegh, ngiʼin ngiʼegh gidegh xitsʼi, xunik xelanh.
Then, outside, (from) way away outside, there is news.
Play annotation "Yit niʼuxdalin ngo getiy,
"Donʼt go there, really,
Play annotation an xivigidinatiy getiy
the boss, he really,
Play annotation vuxiyotrʼoʼitʼix.
will do something bad to you guys.
Play annotation Gitsʼi diyixtoleł," niłiggi diʼne.
Heʼll harm you," theyʼd tell each other.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi yuxudz, yuxudz xiyan' dixetʼa.
So then thatʼs the way it was.
Play annotation Xiyił, trʼine,
Then, it is said,
Play annotation chel yozr,
a little man,
Play annotation "Ngo {yitidhi} nda xitsʼi tehoł," xałne?
"Where are you going," they ask him?
Play annotation "Gho yit xitsʼi tasoł," ne.
"I am going there," he says.
Play annotation "Inagh iy," xałne.
"No," they tell him.
Play annotation "Ngo getiy, anh, xivigidinatiy, getiy
"Well really, he, their boss, really
Play annotation ngixi gitsʼi nixitoʼoł.
he is going to do something bad to you.
Play annotation Che getiy ingistlʼi tsʼin'," xałne.
Youʼre way too small," they tell him.
Play annotation "Gila dałʼine iy," ne,
"Even so," he says,
Play annotation "Dałʼine he', enastʼux."
"even so, Iʼll go (flying?)."
Play annotation Tadhiyo.
He started to go.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi ghihoł.
Then heʼs walking.
Play annotation Xidigał xizron che,
Finally then,
Play annotation qay xichux xitsʼi trʼineyo.
at a big village he came out.
Play annotation Iy, yuxudz yeg getiy yit dina longh.
Wow, really lots of people (were) there.
Play annotation Ngitthet xiłdik,
Down the bank then,
Play annotation {ngithing} ngitthet xiłdi xeyo ninedatl.
down they all go to him.
Play annotation {Iy…}
{That...}
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼin ngitthegh neyo anh dina kiʼdz.
So then down there (by the river) he comes, that little man.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼin' xiyughiniʼidił ngidixi,
Then they walked down to meet him,
Play annotation qʼudidałin xiyi tsʼi tidhedił.
they who are walking around (up in the village) start to go down to meet him.
Play annotation Xiyughiniʼidił.
They come to him.
Play annotation “Ndadz dingitʼanh?” xałne.
"What are you doing," they ask him?
Play annotation “Gogide iy yuxqay niso,” xiłne.
"Here I am, I came to your village," he tells them.
Play annotation "Go xitsʼi gil ntedoyh.
"From right here you go back.
Play annotation Ngo, ngidixi dinagidinatiy
Well, up there our boss
Play annotation getiy tthidixeʼoyh,
he fights with everybody,
Play annotation xanekin yuxudz yeg axa gitsʼi ditʼanh," {yił} xałne.
all the strangers, he harms them," they tell him.
Play annotation “Gila nagh dughitay iy, disdhidhuxłdhik.
"Itʼs OK, donʼt bother me.
Play annotation Ngo ngidixi xiyixiditasoł,” xiłne.
Weʼll, Iʼll walk up to it," he tells them.
Play annotation “Dałʼine ngidixi tasoł yit trałtthʼet,” xiłne.
"Even so up Iʼll go there (to) the kashim," he tells them.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi, dixiy ditldhik tsʼi dixidiyoq.
So then they leave him alone.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi,
Then,
Play annotation ngidiq xiłdik,
upwards then,
Play annotation xitadhiyo.
he starts to walk.
Play annotation Ngitthegh tinh qʼidz, xitsʼin',
From down on the ice,
Play annotation ngidiq xiłdik xadhiyo yit qay.
upwards he walks in that village.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼin', trałtthʼet xiłdik xidineyo, trʼine.
So then the kashim he enters, it is said.
Play annotation Ughi tthʼe yixighihoł xingo, ngiʼegh xiniłʼanh.
While heʼs going on in, heʼs looking around outside.
Play annotation {gee iy} Getiy!
Gee!
Play annotation Nqʼoxdina' ye, niłqa dixiditan tsʼin'.
The people donʼt look like each other.
Play annotation Gidughiton yixidistlʼi.
Some of them are small.
Play annotation Gidughiton che yixidechox.
Some of them are big.
Play annotation Yiggi chel ingith diggandidhit ntrʼeniłʼanh.
One tall man standing, he looks at him.
Play annotation Chel dughilingidhinh, inedhinh.
What a tall guy, heʼs thinking.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi, trałtthʼet xiłdik, xidineyo.
So then, the kashim then, in he went.
Play annotation Nginiq nehol tsʼin'.
To the back (where the chief is sitting) he didnʼt walk.
Play annotation Yit xidoy xidineyodi,
There by the doorway,
Play annotation yit, xidoy xodixi, yigginathdonh.
There, near the door, he sat down.
Play annotation Yit xiłdi dhido.
Right there he sits.
Play annotation Nginiq xiniłandi anuq,
Heʼs looking back there. [To the back of the kashim opposite the door.]
Play annotation Xivigidinatiy chux anuq dhido.
The big chief is sitting back there.
Play annotation Dałʼine' vav xoxoghelak.
Even so, they brought in food.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi xiyitlʼo gidighetrit.
Then they handed him food.
Play annotation Vav, uxitin nqʼołdałin,
Food, the women,
Play annotation vav xinxalyayh.
food they carry in.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi gighehon'.
So then he ate.
Play annotation Gighehon' tsʼi; yixidhido.
He ate; heʼs sitting around.
Play annotation Yuxudz, yuxudz yixik, nqʼoxdina' ye gixiłnoyh.
All, all the people are still eating.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi,
Then,
Play annotation qʼihelnek tsʼi xiłdik, yixixididlitthʼe.
when they finish eating, theyʼre sitting around.
Play annotation Xiyił, nginuq, xivigidinatiy chux,
Suddenly, back there, their big boss,
Play annotation nughiłtlux.
he jumps down.
Play annotation Nughiłtlux, trʼine.
He jumps down, it is said.
Play annotation "Xidan anh xanekin?
"Where is that stranger?
Play annotation Gil one'," yiłne.
Come here," he told him.
Play annotation "Gil go sughi ninehoyh.
"Come over to me.
Play annotation Gogide, ngiyił ditastʼeł tsʼin'," yiłne.
Here, Iʼm going to go with you," he told him.
Play annotation That chel kʼidz xiłdik anh,
That little man then he,
Play annotation nighałtlux; yit dhidodi, nigiłtlux.
he jumped down; from where he was sitting, he jumped down.
Play annotation And ah, xotlʼogh xiłdik nginuq xin tsʼi tadhiyo.
After that he starts walking to the back (of the kashim).
Play annotation Niłghin xididatl.
They meet up with each other.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi,
Then,
Play annotation an xivigidinatiyh chux
that big boss,
Play annotation "Gogidet,
"Here,
Play annotation getiy ingistlʼi,” yiłne.
youʼre too small," he tells him.
Play annotation "Gogide, ngaxa tthidixatasʼoł."
"Here, Iʼll just mess you up."
Play annotation Getiy {qʼantrʼi} qʼantrʼingdineg tsʼi xiqʼi dengitʼa," yiłne.
Youʼre a weak person it looks like," he tells him.
Play annotation Dalineʼ, that chel kʼidz anh,
Even so, that little guy,
Play annotation dididldhik, trʼine.
he never says anything, it is said.
Play annotation Yuxudz gidhitltthʼonh tsʼi xizro.
Heʼs just listening only.
Play annotation Ixiłdik an xivigidinatiy chux,
Then that big boss,
Play annotation yititlchet xiyił,
he start to grab him,
Play annotation that chel kʼidz miq.
that cute little man.
Play annotation Trʼine, that dinatiyh chux,
It is said, that big boss,
Play annotation dinatiyh chux, itlyił.
the big man, he grabs him. [little man grabs big man]
Play annotation Itlyił tsʼi yuxudz deg.
He grabs him there.
Play annotation Yitingh'.
He holds him.
Play annotation Nginet, vitʼosin xinagh xitsʼi, yitlyił.
From behind, by his back, he grabs him.
Play annotation Yitathtingh' yitotsʼin'.
He starts to hold him then.
Play annotation Yit nixidałta xine yuxudz yeg.
(The big man) he’s trying to move around.
Play annotation Getiy xechux tsʼi yetingh'.
He holds him really hard.
Play annotation Dałine' yuxudz yeg,
Despite everything,
Play annotation yuxudz qʼuʼiłjoyh viyił.
he’s slipping around.
Play annotation "Gogide, ngaxa tthidixitasʼoł,
"Here Iʼll just mess you up,
Play annotation singiting ine'," yiłne.
even though you hold me," he tells him.
Play annotation Tsʼi yitotsʼi xidigał xizron che,
So then finally at last,
Play annotation chel kʼidz anh itlyił.
the little man, he grabs him.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi niłyił tthitixughi tidhiʼonh.
Then they are fighting.
Play annotation Ngiyixi yuxudz qʼuxitidhighith.
They start to roll around.
Play annotation Xidigał xizron che, that chel kʼidz,
Finally at last, that little man,
Play annotation idedig, che niyiłchet, yitʼosin xitsʼin'.
him too, he takes hold of him (the boss) by the back.
Play annotation Xiłdi yitathting'.
He starts to hold him.
Play annotation Getiy yitathting'.
Really hard heʼs holding him.
Play annotation "Gogide axa xiłdik," inedhinh.
"This is it," he thinks.
Play annotation "Vandithidhasnig tsʼin," inedhinh.
"Iʼm not going to let him go," heʼs thinking.
Play annotation Gidet yuxudz yeting'.
Heʼs holding on really hard.
Play annotation Iditsʼiy iy dalnek xichux.
He’s holding him against himself really hard.
Play annotation Anh dina chux anh,
That big man,
Play annotation yuxudz yeg divits iy diłnek.
heʼs hugging him to his stomach.
Play annotation Xingo yuxudz yitlʼogh
While heʼs in the grasp,
Play annotation {gi... gi... ngi} gitsʼi nonedoyh tʼsi xiqʼa.
he wants to get in a better position.
Play annotation Ditʼanh ine' getiy yiting'.
Heʼs doing it but heʼs holding him hard.
Play annotation Deg yuxudz xitʼan xiyił trʼine.
While they are still doing that, it is said.
Play annotation That chel kʼidz anh, getiy yiting xiyił.
That little man, very hard he holds him (the big man).
Play annotation Dadz yuxudz yit,
Like this right there,
Play annotation ngiʼin tsʼi yuxudz {yititl} yititlghuł,
way over there he just throws him,
Play annotation that dina chux.
that big man.
Play annotation Yiggi yeg xiłdik, viqʼdz dizridlitthʼe iy,
Down then, on what they were sitting on (the bench),
Play annotation trʼine, got,
it is said, right there,
Play annotation qʼidełtsitl.
he falls on top.
Play annotation Yuxudz didiyoq xiyił.
He did that way.
Play annotation Oooo.
Oh.
Play annotation Yeg xiniłandi che yeg qʼudidałin tux,
As heʼs looking around among the people walking around,
Play annotation nanhdal kʼidz yił nuxidelanh, tsʼi dixitalnen'.
they turned into little ducks, like theyʼre shaking.
Play annotation Ayiggi chel chux ndidhidinh,
That tall man standing up,
Play annotation qʼodet xiday yinałʼan hin
just as he looked at him,
Play annotation anh, trʼine, anh,
that one, it is said, that one,
Play annotation niłtiy, niłtiy lo che,
a crane, a crane sure enough,
Play annotation niłtiy lo che getiy vitthʼin ngingath.
(he became) an actual crane with really long legs.
Play annotation Anh, lo che.
That one, indeed.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi yiniłʼanh,
So he sees him,
Play annotation that dina chux,
that big man,
Play annotation trʼine anh.
it is said, that one.
Play annotation How they say swan?
How they say swan?
Play annotation (DMM) Tavo.
Swan.
Play annotation Tavo.
Swan.
Play annotation That dina chux,
That big man,
Play annotation xidltthidinh
the fallen one,
Play annotation tavo chux, lo che.
heʼs a big swan, sure enough.
Play annotation And that chel kʼidz lo che an,
And that little man, sure enough he,
Play annotation yiggiy,
that one,
Play annotation aa.
ah.
Play annotation Yiggiy.
That one.
Play annotation Nanhdal kʼidz miq.
A cute little duck.
Play annotation Ndadz axa yiʼezre tsʼin'?
How do they call it?
Play annotation Xiviʼezre xelanh hin vandhiginix.
He has a name but I forgot it.
Play annotation Iy anthila' dedig.
He turned into something himself. [He became a 'pocket duck', honhdzighudl]
Play annotation Xiyił, ngiʼot, that tavo,
Then, over there, that swan,
Play annotation trʼine,
it is said,
Play annotation idiyił nughi dinek tsʼin'.
he comes to again.
Play annotation Tthiʼinithtʼuq.
He flies out the door.
Play annotation Tthiʼinithtʼuq xiyił, trʼine, {wigi, wige}
He flies out then, it is said,
Play annotation diliggaq.
making noise.
Play annotation Viliggaq ine' getiy gitsʼi dingitʼa.
He makes noise but thereʼs something really wrong.
Play annotation Xiłdik iy, {wi, wigi}
So then,
Play annotation {yit xi, xithi} vaxa gitsʼi dixideyoq,
something bad had happened to him,
Play annotation iy,
that,
Play annotation vidighon.
his chest.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi getiy gitsʼi, gitsʼi,
Then really badly, badly,
Play annotation diʼne tsʼi yuxudz, trʼine, iy tavo.
he calls, it is said, the swan.
Play annotation Tthiʼinithtʼuq.
He started to fly.
Play annotation Yitongo {and that}
Meanwhile,
Play annotation anh yitongo, that chel kʼidz,
that one meanwhile, that little man,
Play annotation nanhdal kʼidz athdla tsʼi dedig.
a small duck he became himself too.
Play annotation tthʼanenithtʼuq yuxudz yeg xiniłʼanh.
As he flew out he looked at everyone.
Play annotation Yiqʼi, yeg nanhdal kʼidz xiyeyił,
Gee, those little ducks in there,
Play annotation ditsʼin tux xiyeyił,
and the geese with them in there,
Play annotation tthiginiyeł.
theyʼre are all flying out.
Play annotation Iy lo che go qay xelanh.
That, sure enough, was their village.
Play annotation Ine', yitotsʼi, yuxudz,
But, so then,
Play annotation tsʼi yitotsʼi,
so then,
Play annotation niʼinithtʼuq, iy ditsʼin che enithtʼuq.
he flew away himself, and the geese flew away too.
Play annotation Iy tavo che chenh,
That swan too,
Play annotation ine' getiy gitsʼi, {di} gitsʼi xinadiliggaq.
but really bad, bad noises heʼs making.
Play annotation Xiłdik gitsʼi diyeloq dixoʼin.
Because something bad happened to him.
Play annotation Gogide iy.
There it is.
Play annotation Singonh, go dadz,
My mother, like this,
Play annotation sinughił xighiłdhok.
to me she told this story.
Play annotation 'N an a,
Those,
Play annotation getiy xelongh tsʼi
really lots
Play annotation didighene' ne'.
thatʼs what she used to tell.
Play annotation Getiy uxitiy deg xiqʼi.
Lots of things in our language.
Play annotation Xanidhiginix getiy longh iy.
I forgot lots of it.
Play annotation Yitotsʼi agide iy.
So, there it is.