Play annotation Toqa' Red Necked Grebe [Polyceps grisegena]. Told by Ellen Savage, October 2002, at her house in Anchorage, Alaska. .
Recorded by Alice Taff and Donna Miller MacAlpine. Transcribed and translated by Donna Miller MacAlpine, Edna Deacon, and Alice Taff.
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Play annotation Deg xiq'i ndadz?
How is it (in) the local language?
Play annotation How, how they call it?
Play annotation (DM) toqa.
[Should be saying toqa'.]
Play annotation (AT) toqa?
Play annotation (AT) toqa?
Play annotation Maybe you say it little different. That's how I couldn't understand.
Play annotation Iy,
That (kind),
Play annotation tax xiyan' didltth'e hiy nanhdal.
they stay only in the water those ducks.
Play annotation Ngo vi'ezre andhiginix iy.
Well, I forgot the name.
Play annotation Dina ghinixi,
Back behind our place,
Play annotation nasiyonh xe getiy dighilighusr.
where I grow up they made a real lot of noise.
Play annotation Yixi xiyan' tax xiyan' didltth'e.
They stay only in the water.
Play annotation Iy an at,
About them.
Play annotation tr'ine xidhoyh.
they tell this story.
Play annotation Ghela' dong.
It was long ago.
Play annotation Getiy vidze ghiqul.
He wouldn't listen. [lit. Really his ears were none. He had no ears.]
Play annotation Yuxudz yeg qay tux q'u'ido ts'i yuxudz.
He walks all around in the village.
Play annotation Giłzreyh.
He takes stuff.
Play annotation Vav tux xiyił iłzreyh,
Food and anything he grabs,
Play annotation xiłdi yini'eyh iy.
and he steals it.
Play annotation Ts'i y'itots'i,
And so,
Play annotation yuxudz nt'anh ts'i xidigał,
he is doing that until finally,
Play annotation Dina Xito' iy dithinix.
Our Father gets tired of him.
Play annotation Gogide {dina} singonh sinughił di'ne ts'in'.
This is what my mother told me.
Play annotation (Di)na Xit'o iy dithinix.
Our Father gets tired of him.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i tso, tso ghoyix non'idiyo ts'i.
So then the cache, the cache he walked back under it.
Play annotation Tso, tr'ine, viq'i dełtsitl.
The cache, it is said, fell on top of him.
Play annotation Yitots'i vit'osin yuxudz
And so his whole back
Play annotation nixinidlt'its.
it flattened.
Play annotation Yitots'i xaxa,
And therefore,
Play annotation axa q'u'edoyh qul ts'i didiyoq.
he couldn't walk around any more.
Play annotation Yitots'i te ye tigheyo ts'in';
So he went in the water;
Play annotation te yan' ye dhido.
only in the water he stays.
Play annotation Dred xiłdi che,
Barely then,
Play annotation q'idoghitux
sometimes
Play annotation xonint'ux.
he takes off flying.
Play annotation Gogide.
There it is.
Play annotation Singonh,
My mother,
Play annotation yuxudz
all
Play annotation sinughił didighene' ts'in',
my mother told me,
Play annotation yuxinughił didisne.
I'm telling to you guys.
Play annotation Iy,
That,
Play annotation ndadz vaxa vi'ezre iy. [Toqa' or dałdiddh]
how they call it.