Play annotation Xintthe siyił genithtʼuq. The first time I flew in an airplane. 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 (DMM), Ellen Savage, Hannah Maillelle (HM), Edna Deacon, and Alice Taff. (added for clarity) {false start} [notes]
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Play annotation Gila, he'?
OK?
Play annotation (DMM) E.
Yes.
Play annotation Gogide che che.
Here's some more.
Play annotation Siqay,
(In) my village,
Play annotation gits'i dixidiyoq.
something bad happened.
Play annotation Q'idaghidhilinh yozr
A young man
Play annotation ditiłteł,
got shot,
Play annotation sanh yix.
(in) the smoke house. [lit. 'summer house']
Play annotation Yitots'i, anh yit xidineyoninh
So then, the one who went in there
Play annotation xiłdi dina iłne.
told us.
Play annotation Toxin tr'idelanh;
Three of us went;
Play annotation se, se, me,
me, me,
Play annotation Genevieve and Esther.
Play annotation "Atthet
"Down there
Play annotation ayiggi lo che,
down there sure enough,
Play annotation viłałtingh q'i dingit'a,"
he appears to be sleeping,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he told us.
Play annotation {tr'anitl} "Tr'antatldhit ine'
"I started trying to wake him up but
Play annotation vinasinek," xiyiłne.
I couldn't do it," he said.
Play annotation "Ooo," tr'ine.
"Ooh," we said.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdi,
That's the reason then,
Play annotation {tthitr'indiy} tthitr'iliggok yuxudz,
we all ran out,
Play annotation 3 of us.
Play annotation Ngitthing yitots'i smokehouse
Down to the smokehouse
Play annotation xiditr'ixindiyet.
we all ran in.
Play annotation Diyiggiy xoqodz,
That one across over there,
Play annotation yiggiy iy,
that thing,
Play annotation bed xiq'i iy,
like a bed,
Play annotation viq'i ditr'athtanh hiy,
the bed,
Play annotation q'idz
on top
Play annotation dhitanh.
he was lying.
Play annotation Gho ninigiggok ts'i xiłdi vitth'e,
I ran to his head,
Play annotation idhitlyił.
I grabbed it.
Play annotation Diggandhitldonh yitots'i.
I sat him up then.
Play annotation Yitongo
Meanwhile
Play annotation Auntie Esther
Play annotation start
Play annotation yit'osin xildalning'.
patting his back.
Play annotation And Genevieve xiłdik
And Genevieve then
Play annotation vanhts'e xiłdik che
(from) his nose then
Play annotation dił tr'inelingh.
blood was flowing.
Play annotation Genevieve xiłdik che yanhts'e,
Genevieve then his nose,
Play annotation yuxudz...
all...
Play annotation (HM) Yanhts'e iyił.
(HM) Blows in his nose.
Play annotation Yanhts'e iyił.
Blows in his nose.
Play annotation Dał'ineʼ,
Even so,
Play annotation ghidithino gits'in'.
he didn't move.
Play annotation Ndadz go di'asroleł.
We didn't know what to do with him.
Play annotation Yuxudz yeg...
Just like...
Play annotation {q'udiyo} dadz go dasroleł.
we don't know what to do.
Play annotation Xidigał xezron che,
Finally at last,
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye dixitathdatl.
people start to come in.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdi yeg
That's why
Play annotation itsa'a ghiluq ye yił,
dear old grandmas too,
Play annotation xiyughininedatl.
they come to him.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in vitr'idighenek.
That's why we quit working on him.
Play annotation Tthingo'ot
Outside
Play annotation {xiłdi xitthe do' ta}
Play annotation ttheting xidoy
outside near the door
Play annotation nazritliyo xingo.
meanwhile we were standing.
Play annotation Dina longh ts'i dixideyoq.
Lots of people congregated.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
Then,
Play annotation {xiyi} xiyenitl'an'.
they start to look at him.
Play annotation Deg xidhi'onh xiyił,
While we're waiting,
Play annotation giłiggi dina iłne,
one person was telling us,
Play annotation "Go lo che ditltilin anh.
"Sure enough, he's been shot.
Play annotation {virz vivizr} Vidoghon didltił,"
He got shot in his chest,"
Play annotation dina xi'ne.
they tell us.
Play annotation Che getiy.
That's too much.
Play annotation Yuxudz yit dina yuxudz tr'itathtrax yuxudz.
We all start crying.
Play annotation Dideyoq lo che go yuxudz.
He's actually dead already.
Play annotation Gitr'otr'ighiłʼan'.
We tried to revive him.
Play annotation Xiłdi xełedz dontidineł,
He'd get better,
Play annotation tr'ivitr'inedhinh ts'in'.
we are thinking about him.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in an at
It's all because,
Play annotation xonh detth'at
we were the first
Play annotation tr'inagił'an'.
to see him.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
After that,
Play annotation xandinałchithin ye,
the policemen [lit. the ones who tie us up],
Play annotation nedatl.
they came.
Play annotation Axa xiłdik,
And then,
Play annotation dinayił xinxadilighusr.
they're talking with us.
Play annotation Go xildit,
Here then,
Play annotation tri'nagił'an ts'i yuxudz xiyan',
how we saw him when we first entered,
Play annotation xivinughił ditr'ine.
they're asking us.
Play annotation {oxo kidh} Yuxudz xiyan' xantr'ixuniyh.
We know only that part.
Play annotation Yitongo,
Meanwhile,
Play annotation ndadz sre' axa didiyoq.
I don't know how he died.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdik.
Or why.
Play annotation Yit,
That time,
Play annotation xulegg an go didiyoq.
in spring it happened.
Play annotation Sanh tixighedhit.
Summer went by.
Play annotation Yit yitots'in,
And then,
Play annotation xiyhts'in'.
falltime.
Play annotation {q'inagh q'i}
Play annotation (HM) Xiyh nonxididhit.
(HM) Winter arrived.
Play annotation Hah?
Huh?
Play annotation (HM) Xiyh nonxididhit.
(HM) Winter arrived.
Play annotation Xiyh nonxididhik ts'i yitots'i,
Winter arrived and,
Play annotation iy Q'unodle chux
that Christmas
Play annotation ghinonxididhit.
came.
Play annotation Iy totl'ogh xiyił,
After that,
Play annotation tthe xingo gilegik naghinedatl
before then we got a letter
Play annotation ngine'
from up river
Play annotation Qay Xichux xits'in'.
Big Village. [Fairbanks]
Play annotation Gogide.
Here it is.
Play annotation First of New Year.
Play annotation Yuxudz,
All of us,
Play annotation ngine' tr'itodił
we are going to go up there
Play annotation xiłdik dina idiliqit xo'in
because of questioning us
Play annotation xi'ne ts'in'.
they said.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
And so,
Play annotation a xiłdik {yi} yit nonxidedhidi.
then the time came.
Play annotation Q'ugandiyił iy
An airplane
Play annotation chux
big
Play annotation ninot'ux.
came.
Play annotation Iy xiłdi ye tr'ighedatl.
Then we went in.
Play annotation Atthe,
Down there,
Play annotation Genevieve yił,
with Genevieve,
Play annotation Benjamin, his wife yił,
Benjamin and his wife,
Play annotation Lucius,
Lucius,
Play annotation che itthedz neyo,
came from over there,
Play annotation Anvik xits'i go xits'in'.
from Anvik to here.
Play annotation Anh yił.
Him too.
Play annotation Xiyi qat di'ne.
They want him he says.
Play annotation Xivoxo, {giq}
For them,
Play annotation xivixo xitehał,
for them he'll translate,
Play annotation xałne ts'in', xiłdik,
they tell him, then,
Play annotation gashigh xiq'i xinay ts'i, deg xiq'i che.
white man talk he speaks, Deg Xinag also.
Play annotation Xinayh ts'i yeg.
To interpret. [lit. talking shadow or echo?]
Play annotation Giditthiginh oxo xitexał.
For those who can't understand, he will talk.
Play annotation Xałne ts'i xo'in.
They tell him that's the reason (for him to go).
Play annotation Dinayił giyigheyo.
He went with us in it.
Play annotation Itsa'a,
Grandma,
Play annotation {diva a} xiday iy?
where is she?
Play annotation "Yith q'i dathdo," vidisne.
"Sitting on the bank," I tell them.
Play annotation Anh yił
That one
Play annotation vitthey iy Billy
her grandchild Billy
Play annotation Painter ghitiniyił.
Painter was with those guys.
Play annotation Yuxudz airplane ye tr'ighedatl, but
We all went in the airplane, but
Play annotation airplane iy,
…that,
Play annotation eight, eight peoples, eh, viyet,
...inside,
Play annotation ghilał iy.
it carried.
Play annotation Iy xiłdi ye tr'ighedatl.
And then we went inside.
Play annotation Deg yuxudz dinayił genitht'uq.
The airplane took off with us.
Play annotation Iy!
Oh, no.
Play annotation Tthe
Before
Play annotation airplane ye tr'ithdal xingo xiłdik,
…we go in it then,
Play annotation sitsiy neg,
my nice grandpa,
Play annotation Old Man Workman,
Play annotation engosin nineyo.
from the other side (Lower Village) he came over.
Play annotation Xiłdik,
Then,
Play annotation dina xidineyo.
he came in our house.
Play annotation Mama xiłdi yiłne, "Gogidet,
Then mama told him, "Here she is,
Play annotation ngitthey.
your granchild.
Play annotation Q'ugandiyił xiye tohoł,
In the airplane she will go,
Play annotation ngine' xits'i," yiłne.
upriver," she told him.
Play annotation "Agidet," ne.
"OK," he says.
Play annotation Sughinineyo ts'in' xiłdi, gile axa disaghił'an'.
He came to me then, he did his Indian medicine on me.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i airplane ye tr'ighedatl.
And so in the airplane we went.
Play annotation Ngine' dinayił genitht'uq yitots'i.
Then we're flying upriver.
Play annotation Ndagh sre'!
I don't know where!
Play annotation Yuxudz yeg iy {q} q'ugandiyił iy
It's like that airplane
Play annotation dinayił nighidinogh.
is wobbling around with us. [turbulence]
Play annotation Yuxudz getiy ndadz go ditasneł ts'i.
I really don't know what to do.
Play annotation We don't have tied up thing, too.
[seatbelts]
Play annotation We just sit there.
Play annotation Yitots'i yuxudz yeg deg xidhi'onh.
Then it was a long time.
Play annotation Dran xiyił getiy niłq'idz.
The days were really short.
Play annotation Deg xidhi'onh xiyił,
After a while,
Play annotation sighiłda tidhi'on'
it's getting dark
Play annotation dinayił ginot'ux xingo.
while it is flying with us.
Play annotation Ndagh sre'.
I don't know where.
Play annotation Deloy,
Mountains,
Play annotation just like deloy tux xiq'idi
...among the mountains
Play annotation deg xidhi'onh xiyił.
the sun is going down.
Play annotation Like a, Anvik, a, Yukon.
Play annotation I see
Play annotation that river.
Play annotation Dina yitots'i
And people
Play annotation qay I see qay
village I see a village [Ruby]
Play annotation deloy q'i dixidhi'onhdi
on the mountain top
Play annotation xelanh
it was
Play annotation yigidigh q'un'.
lighted up.
Play annotation Yitots'i yit niginaghiłt'uq anh,
Then he landed there,
Play annotation q'u'idina'elahin.
the person who is taking us (the pilot).
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
And then,
Play annotation dina iłne,
he told us,
Play annotation "Gogide tr'enoxiłdi.
"Here is the place where we'll camp.
Play annotation Venhdida xiłdik,
Tomorrow then,
Play annotation Fairbank xitsits
…to it.
Play annotation tr'itodił," dina iłne.
we will go," he told us.
Play annotation "Go tr'enoxeł.
"We'll camp here.
Play annotation Gil yuxudz nuxdał.
Everybody go ahead and get out.
Play annotation Ngidiq
Up there
Play annotation xandinałchithinh
the marshall
Play annotation yoxo yix, yix
their house
Play annotation yix oxo
(is where) you guys
Play annotation {eno} enuxił," dina iłne.
you guys will camp," he told us.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i yit
And so there
Play annotation izre!
it's cold!
Play annotation {ith yiq} Ngitthegh tinh q'idz nazritliyo.
Down there on the ice we're standing.
Play annotation Xidigał xezron che,
Finally at last,
Play annotation giłigginh,
one person,
Play annotation chel dina ghinineyo.
a man came to us.
Play annotation "Izredi ndadz uxt'a?" dina ałne.
"It's a cold place, what's wrong with you all?" he says.
Play annotation "Ngo xadinałchidhinh,
"Well, the marshall,
Play annotation davo ditr'et'a, xałne.
we are to wait for him, they said.
Play annotation Xidan ixan at?"
Where is he?"
Play annotation "Ngidiq go dughitux siyił didinuxdał," dina iłne.
"You all go right up there with me," he said to us.
Play annotation "Soda dodiggidhedo," ne.
"My older sister stays right up here," he says.
Play annotation Anh xiłdik yit xidinanelo.
Then he brought us in there.
Play annotation Nq'ołonh neg,
A pretty woman,
Play annotation yuxudx yeg
just like
Play annotation getiy nq'ołonh xezrenh gho xitr'inedatl.
a really nice woman we went in to.
Play annotation Yitr'ididlitthe, xiyił anh,
We stayed in there, then someone,
Play annotation xandinałchidhinh,
the marshall
Play annotation dina gho, dina ghidineyo.
he came in to us.
Play annotation "Ay'ot, 'n a enuxdrił," dina iłne.
"Over there, that's where you are going to go to bed," he told us.
Play annotation "Gil one'," dina iłne.
"Come along," he told us.
Play annotation Viyił tr'itathdatl yitots'i.
Then we went with him.
Play annotation Yix xichux,
A big house,
Play annotation xidi dinanelo.
he brought us in there.
Play annotation "Gogidet ngidiq xiłdik,
"Here it is up there (upstairs),
Play annotation enuxdrił," dina iłne.
(where) you'll go to bed," he told us.
Play annotation Gila.
OK.
Play annotation Ngidixi,
Up there,
Play annotation ngidix tr'itodił
we start to go up
Play annotation "Enuxdrił xiyix yixe yixatasneł,"
"Where you'll go to bed I'm showing you,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he told us.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i,
And then,
Play annotation viyił ngidiq tr'itathdatl.
we start going up with him.
Play annotation Tr'enodrił xiłdi dinanoł didaghine.
He told us where we'd go to bed.
Play annotation Ay'ot che che dinanoł.
Over there he tells us again.
Play annotation "Gogidet.
"There it is. [The bathroom]
Play annotation O,
Oh,
Play annotation Yuxudz, tthe didhuxtret xingo,
Everyone, before you go to bed,
Play annotation gon axa duxt'anh,"
use this one,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he told us.
Play annotation Nitl-'an.
I looook at it.
Play annotation Yiq'i, inisdhinh.
What's that, I wonder.
Play annotation Agide ngiyixi didltth'en,
Now the ones downstairs,
Play annotation xiviq'idz
on top of them
Play annotation te ditot'eł xiye xiviq'idz,
water will drip down on them,
Play annotation xinotr'idighałvinh,
If we fill it up.
Play annotation denisdhinh ts'i yuxudz.
I'm thinking of all this.
Play annotation I don't want to go.
Play annotation Ngiyixi an downstairs didltth'en,
The ones staying downstairs,
Play annotation xiviq'idz tr'itolitr, inisdhinh ts'i.
I might pee on them, I'm thinking.
Play annotation Yan' tthe,
Still,
Play annotation yixi tr'ididltth'e xiyił an.
we're just sitting around.
Play annotation That was New Year's eve.
Play annotation And ah...
Play annotation xadinałchidhinh he tell us
the marshall...
Play annotation dina iłne that
he tells us...
Play annotation gasriłnoł.
we'll eat.
Play annotation "Gila nonuxdidał ngiyiq vav
"Go on downstairs (where there's) food
Play annotation yuxoxo
for you
Play annotation tlits'enh," dina iłne.
it's made," he tells us.
Play annotation "Ganxitlnek,"
"They cooked,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
he tells us.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
Then,
Play annotation yit xiditr'inedatl.
we go in.
Play annotation Xiviq'idz galnon chux xiłdi yit,
(There was) a big table in there,
Play annotation long one,
Play annotation yix tr'ididltth'e.
(in) the house where we are staying.
Play annotation Vav neg viq'i dighisdlo.
Nice food was on it.
Play annotation A yiq'i tax iy.
There was one thing.
Play annotation Gan yiggin?
What's that thing?
Play annotation Dits'in dighułchux xiy.
Such a big goose.
Play annotation Ine' che yuxudz yeg, liq'uł che.
Yet it's all white (meat). [It was a turkey.]
Play annotation Denisdhinh ts'inʼ, dał'ine.
I wasn't thinking, even so.
Play annotation Gitr'aghiłno' yitots'in'.
Then we ate.
Play annotation Yitots'i yit gitr'aghiłno' ts'i tr'inathdrit.
Then we ate and we went to bed.
Play annotation Yit vinixiłyiq xiłdi che.
Then morning again.
Play annotation Iy,
That,
Play annotation {q'an} q'ugandiyił xiye ntr'itidatl.
we went back into the airplane.
Play annotation Ngine' xiłdi Fairbanks,
Then upriver to...
Play annotation dinayił
with us
Play annotation niginot'uq.
it starts flying.
Play annotation Yit che che xiłdik,
There again then,
Play annotation {xi} yeg
like
Play annotation xididinaxinelo
they brought us to
Play annotation nq'ołonh neg,
a nice woman,
Play annotation vigisraqay longhin,
her children were many,
Play annotation gho ghisdo'.
I stayed with her.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
Then,
Play annotation gee.
Play annotation One month yi tr'idołtth'e!
...we stayed there!
Play annotation Ndadz sre' yuxudz yeg
I don't know what all
Play annotation dixit'anh xingo.
they're doing meanwhile.
Play annotation Xiday mama?
Where is mama?
Play annotation "Xighexal an.
"Don't talk.
Play annotation Yuxudz xinangił'an dixeyan',
Only what you saw,
Play annotation xoxinexayh," siłne.
tell them," she told me.
Play annotation Yuxudz xiłdi digist'anh.
So that's how I did.
Play annotation So that's how I did.
Play annotation Gila.
OK.