Play annotation Todzing, Loon, told by Ellen Savage at her house in Anchorage, Alaska, October 2002. 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 Go todzing,
That loon,
Play annotation iy,
it,
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye xiyo xinadidlighurz ts'in'.
people don't talk about it.
Play annotation Xiłdi getiy vixinejit.
They're really scared of it.
Play annotation Ts'i q'andina'ili'anh
It pays us back
Play annotation xałne,
they say,
Play annotation gho xinatr'idilighusr tux.
when we talk about it.
Play annotation Q'idoghitux xiłdik che qay xodixi,
Sometimes when it flies above the village,
Play annotation ała lo che, xivigi-chief, 'n an, ditoneł tux.
sure enough, even their chief, even he, (might) die.
Play annotation Qay xodixi, q'anint'ux,
Over the village, when it flies back and forth,
Play annotation xiłdi, tr'ine, gits'i, gits'i dixiłne ts'in',
then, it is said, bad, bad, (will happen) it's saying,
Play annotation gits'i xo'in.
because of badness.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdik xiyinałjit xiyi yitots'i,
That's why they are scared of it so,
Play annotation xiyo xinadidlighurz ts'in'.
they never speak of it.
Play annotation Ngidixi qay {o'ey} xodixi
Over the village up there
Play annotation q'anint'ux,
(when) it flies back and forth,
Play annotation xiłdi go dadz gits'i dixitoneł xiłne ts'in'.
in this way it's telling them something bad is going to happen.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdik xeyo xinadidlighuzr 'n iy.
So that's why they never talk about it.
Play annotation Xiłdi vixinejit xałne ts'in'.
They say it is dangerous to talk about it.
Play annotation Agide yuxudz xiyan'.
That's all there is.
Play annotation {vogh xunigi-} Xiyo xinadaghilighusr.
That's what they told about it.