Play annotation Ngan Dit'anh, Earthquake, told by Ellen Savage at her home in Anchorage, AK, October 2002.
Recorded by Alice Taff and Donna Miller MacAlpine. Transcribed and translated by Donna Miller MacAlpine, Alta Jerue, Edna Deacon, and Alice Taff. (words added for clarification), {false start}, [note]
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Play annotation Gogide xiłdik.
Here it is then.
Play annotation Noy doghit'an'di.
(It was) war time.
Play annotation Xughin' yixi nughił datasneł.
I'll tell it for you.
Play annotation Engtthi sittheyqay ye yił
In the future, my grandchildren,
Play annotation sixididhiłtth'eł.
they will listen to me.
Play annotation Istl'idong,
When I was little,
Play annotation gidinitldik.
I was going to school.
Play annotation Yit {gi... di...} yix,
That house there,
Play annotation gazriniłdikdi yix xichux xidhi'onh.
the place where we go to school was a big house.
Play annotation Yit xiłdi, gitr'idiniłdik.
There then, we go to school.
Play annotation Xunh xiyił, yiggidhisdo xingo,
Suddenly, while I'm at school,
Play annotation ngidix,
up there,
Play annotation {ngidegh} ngidix che che
upstairs again and again
Play annotation a, xelanh,
there was,
Play annotation ngidix xantr'ididiłdi che xelanh,
up there going up was a stairway,
Play annotation ngidixi xits'i antr'an yeg vigasrathdlo xiq'i.
it's like someone is moving things around up there.
Play annotation Gidhatltth'onh xiłdik,
I'm listening to it then.
Play annotation "Diva sre' ngidix ghigela,"
"I wonder who is up there,"
Play annotation inisdhinh.
I'm thinking.
Play annotation Deg dhisdo xiyił,
I'm just sitting there,
Play annotation xunh xiyił go, viq'i didhisdo che che,
all at once here, my chair too,
Play annotation ghitithinonh yuxudz.
everything is moving.
Play annotation Ngi'iditlux.
It's wobbling.
Play annotation Ngi'iditlux.
It's wobbling.
Play annotation Xiyił an,
Meanwhile that person
Play annotation dinagi
our
Play annotation {xidiginaghi xidi} dina xidinił'anhinh, gashigh xit'an,
our teacher, a white man,
Play annotation "Diggandidhuxlyo," dina iłne.
"Stand up," he tells us.
Play annotation "Ngo, ngan' dit'anh,"
"Well, it's an earthquake,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he tells us.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
Then,
Play annotation go yuxudz,
everyone there,
Play annotation sraqay digganxididlyo.
the children stand up.
Play annotation "Gila xot engtthe xidoy ngi'in xidoy xits'i tuxdał."
"Now slowly walk over there to the door,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he tells us.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i xidoy ntr'inedatł.
So then we got to the door.
Play annotation Ts'i yit xiłdik yadz gatatht'onh.
Then he opens it.
Play annotation Yit nazritlyo xingo,
While we are standing there,
Play annotation "Agide!
"There!
Play annotation Ngan' dighit'an',"
That was an earthquake,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he tells us.
Play annotation Agide iy.
That was it.
Play annotation Yuxudz tr'inisidhet se.
It surprised me.
Play annotation Che tth'e ngan' itidit'anh ts'i xantr'ixusneg.
I didn't yet know (anything about) an earthquake.
Play annotation Xiyo xinadilighusr ine',
They'd talk about it, but even so,
Play annotation vantr'ixusneg.
I didn't know.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
So then,
Play annotation xidighenek xotl'ogh xiłdik,
after it stopped then,
Play annotation schoolhouse xidontr'ididatl.
we go back into the schoolhouse.
Play annotation Gazriniłdikdi xidontr'ididatl.
We go into the schoolhouse.
Play annotation Ngiyiq,
Back inside,
Play annotation xidontr'ididałdi ts'i xiłdik,
when we go in,
Play annotation nigitr'idendldik.
we start to write.
Play annotation Dał'ine' getiy,
But really,
Play annotation iyan' ntasdoł ts'i xiq'at,
only to go back (home) (is what) I want,
Play annotation xiłdi singonh nughił datasneł dixo'in.
so (to) my mother, about it I can tell her, is why.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i gazrnughiłdik xotl'ogh,
So then after we wrote,
Play annotation yit xiy antr'ididiłdi nixinedhit.
then the time came to go home.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
Then,
Play annotation anh,
that one,
Play annotation dinagi...
our...
Play annotation xididinaxidinił'anh,
our teacher,
Play annotation "Agidet," dina iłne.
"That's all," he tells us.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i, yitots'i,
So then,
Play annotation nongidaghigicheth ts'i yuxudz.
I put on everything.
Play annotation Tth'anigiggoq.
Out I ran.
Play annotation Ngi'in iy an ngigiggok singonh ts'in'.
All the way home I ran to my mother.
Play annotation Yix xidonigiggoq.
Into the house I ran.
Play annotation Yuxudz singonh yuxudz nitlqa ts'i yuxudz.
My mother I really look hard at her.
Play annotation "Ngan' dighit'an'," vidisne.
"There was an earthquake," I tell her.
Play annotation "Agidet," siłne.
"That is so," she says to me.
Play annotation "Agide ngan' dighit'an'.
"There was an earthquake.
Play annotation Go deg xiyił yuxudz,
All around here,
Play annotation ngan' dighit'an'," siłne.
there was earthquake," she tells me.
Play annotation "Agidet. Gila go yiggidhedo.
"OK. Sit down here.
Play annotation Gogide nginughił xatasneł
Right here I'm going to tell you
Play annotation xo'in
why
Play annotation ngan' dit'anh ts'i,"
earthquakes happen,"
Play annotation siłne.
she says to me.
Play annotation Yitots'i yit
So there
Play annotation viq'idz gitr'iłnon xiyiq'idz,
(across) the table,
Play annotation ne yiggi yiq'i ditr'athdoy yiggididhisdo ts'i.
she says down on a chair (for) me to sit.
Play annotation Mama xiłdi che yiq'i xoq'odz dhido.
Then mama too sits down across (the table).
Play annotation "Agidet.
"OK.
Play annotation Dina Xito',
Our Father,
Play annotation 'n at,
He is the one,
Play annotation go ngan' itlts'enh,
made this land,
Play annotation go iy 'n a q'idz dazritltthe,"
this one we are staying on,"
Play annotation siłne.
she tells me.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'in',
So then,
Play annotation edivenhditux xiłdi iy ngan',
day after day the land,
Play annotation Ditl'o diyitl'onh,"
His hand, it is sitting on it,"
Play annotation siłne.
she tells me.
Play annotation "Ditl'o yetingh' iy dinage ngan'," yiłne.
"His hand is holding our land," she says.
Play annotation "Iłt'e nixidodhił xingo, Vitl'o diyidhi'onh,"
"Still year after year, His hand, it is sitting on it,"
Play annotation siłne.
she tells me.
Play annotation "Yitots'in',
"So,
Play annotation q'idughitux xiłdi getiy
once in a while, really
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye gits'i nixixo'oł.
people are doing wrong.
Play annotation Dałche Dina Xito' anh,
Even so Our Father,
Play annotation xivititłdhit.
he doesn't bother them.
Play annotation Q'idughitux xiłdi yuxudz, getiy gho gits'i dixit'anh tux,
Once in a while, when really badly they are doing,
Play annotation Dilo' {na} na'alyax xiyozr.
He moves his hand a little bit.
Play annotation Uxitux an ngan' dit'anh.
That's when an earthquake happens.
Play annotation Xiłdi nq'oxdina' ye,
Then people,
Play annotation 'Ngo, gits'i duxt'anh,' xiłne tux,
'Well, you guys are doing things wrong,' He tells them then,
Play annotation tr'ine.
it is said.
Play annotation "Dilo' iy,
"His hand,
Play annotation niyaghiłno.
He moves it.
Play annotation Yuxudz xaxa yitots'i,
With that then,
Play annotation gits'i dixit'anh ts'i nixixiniyh."
that they are doing wrong, they know it."
Play annotation Singonh,
My mother,
Play annotation gogidet sinughił didighine' ts'in'.
this is what she told me.
Play annotation That's it.