Play annotation Singonh sinughił didighene', Mother's teachings. 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, Ellen Savage, Edna Deacon, and Alice Taff.
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Play annotation What I'll explain, the spirit and how our Lord made the world?
Play annotation Ok, how my Mama tell me.
Play annotation (AT) Deg xiq'i.
Around here like. (In the local language.)
Play annotation Yeah, deg xiq'i, what my Mama tell me.
Yeah, in the local language. ...
Play annotation How the world was done. Ok. Ok. Ok, you can start it.
Play annotation Yah. Gogidet.
Yeah. Here it is.
Play annotation Singonh neg, sito' neg yił sixinitlyo.
My nice mother and my nice father raised me.
Play annotation Iłt'e xiłdik {siyi, si} singonh neg anh,
Always then my nice mother, that one,
Play annotation siyił xinaxidilighusr.
would always talk with me.
Play annotation Sraqay k'idz itl'anh ine',
I was a little kid even so,
Play annotation sinughił di'ne.
she talked to me.
Play annotation "Engthidong,
"Long ago,
Play annotation Dina Xito' neg,
Our dear Father,
Play annotation Anh 'n at,
He's the one,
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye
the people,
Play annotation dhiłtsenh,"
He made them,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
she'd tell us.
Play annotation "Yitots'i yuxudz che ngi'egh
"And everything outside (in nature) too,
Play annotation ggagg tux xiyił,
and animals,
Play annotation ggagg k'idz tux xiyił,
and birds,
Play annotation tritr yił,
and trees,
Play annotation yuxudz, te yił,
everything, and water,
Play annotation izre yił,
and cold,
Play annotation divaxa xidetr'iyh iy tux xiyił.
and with the wind.
Play annotation Yuxudz uxitiy yił yi'eghonh," yiłne,
All those things also he made," she'd say,
Play annotation "Anh Dina Xito'.
"That One, Our Father.
Play annotation Yitots'i diyeg xiłdi che yughin ni'elayh.
And then he put his spirit in them.
Play annotation Yuxudz uxitiy,
All those things,
Play annotation yuxudz vav yił,
and all the food,
Play annotation Viyeg gila xidela.
His spirit surely it has.
Play annotation Yux, che Dina Xito',
You also, Our Father,
Play annotation iy yeghonh ts'i yitots'i,
these He made and,
Play annotation iy Diyeg iy axa diyał'an' xiy.
His spirit, with it he did it.
Play annotation Got go q'odet, yuxudz vav tux xiyił,
Here right now, in all the food,
Play annotation tritr tux xiyił,
in the trees,
Play annotation didlang ngi'egh,
the spruce trees outside,
Play annotation yuxudz giyeg it'anh," yiłne, singonh anh.
they all have a spirit," she'd say, my mother, that one.
Play annotation "Yitots'i yuxudz xo'in xiłdik,
And so for that reason then,
Play annotation xełedz xineg
really nicely
Play annotation xiyan' duxt'anh.
only, you guys should behave.
Play annotation Ngho vaxa gits'i duxt'anhda', q'anyixitili'eł.
When you do something wrong, it will pay you back.
Play annotation Ggagg chux xiyił,
And big animals,
Play annotation uxitiy ggagg chux xiyił,
those things, even big animals,
Play annotation Viyeg xelanh.
His spirit they have.
Play annotation Yitots'i xingo tlughidixilighusrda',
And even when you laugh at others (in ridicule),
Play annotation yixitidhiłts'ił.
He will hear it.
Play annotation Yitots'i a xiłdik
So then
Play annotation q'anyixitili'eł.
it will pay you back.
Play annotation Yitongo xełedz xineg di'uxł'anda',
Meanwhile when nicely you treat others,
Play annotation xełedx xineg diyixtił'eł," dina iłne.
very nicely you will be treated," she'd tell us.
Play annotation Yuxudz xiłdi yitots'i,
So everything then,
Play annotation yuxudz xiłdik,
everything then,
Play annotation xiłdi,
thus,
Play annotation sinughił didighene xiy yuxudz,
everything that she told me,
Play annotation gogidet.
here it is.
Play annotation Axa 'n go didisne.
With it (the spirit) I'm saying it.
Play annotation Che singonh sinughił di'ne ts'i, "Engitthidong,
And my mother would tell me, "Long ago,
Play annotation Dina Xito' {ng} ngan' anh itltsenh dong.
Our Father made our land long ago.
Play annotation Yuxudz xiy geghonh xiy.
He made everything.
Play annotation Yuxudz {yi} uxitiy yi yeghonh iy,
Everything that He made,
Play annotation yuxudz Viyeg noxidelanh.
everything, His spirit, they have it.
Play annotation Iy Viyeg xiłdik iy
(It's) His spirit therefore,
Play annotation xaxa gits'i ditr'ighilał ts'i qul," yiłne.
we can't do anything bad to it," she'd say.
Play annotation Vav tux xiyił,
With food,
Play annotation łegg tux xiyił,
with fish,
Play annotation xełedz xineg xiyan'
very nicely only
Play annotation dasrił'eł.
we treat them.
Play annotation Uxitiy xiłdik,
Those things then,
Play annotation q'andinatili'eł ts'i yitots'i.
in time they'll pay us back.
Play annotation Nighan gighitonek
Something will watch over us
Play annotation xełedz xineg
(if) very nicely
Play annotation xiyan' tr'atołtth'eł,"
only we behave,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
she'd tell us.
Play annotation "Gogide xo'in go yuxnughił didisne,"
"That is why I am telling you this,"
Play annotation dina iłne, singonh.
she'd tell us, my mother.
Play annotation Yuxudz sinughił di'ne deg iy.
This is everything she tells me
Play annotation Yitots'i gogide q'odet yuxudz.
And here it all is right now.
Play annotation Gogide yuxudz idisne.
Right now I am saying it all.
Play annotation Singonh q'i didisne.
Like my mother I'm saying it.
Play annotation Xiłdi yuxudz dighene dixigho'in,
That's why she told us everything like this,
Play annotation Yuxudz Viyeg gidixidelanh.
Everything has His spirit.
Play annotation Q'ontr'idiłqon' xiyił, vav tux xiyił,
With sewing, and in food,
Play annotation yuxudz Viyeg nixidelanh ts'i xiyan' ngi'egh,
everything (has) His spirit only outside (in nature),
Play annotation tritr tux, didlang tux,
in the wood, in the spruce,
Play annotation q'iyh tritr,
birch wood,
Play annotation yuxudz Viyeg nixidelanh.
everything, His spirit, it has it.
Play annotation Gag tux xiyił,
In berries too,
Play annotation gan yeg ngi'egh yiggiy.
that spirit is there outside (around us in nature).
Play annotation Nanhdal tux xiyił, yuxudz Viyetr, Viyeg nixidelanh.
With ducks too, everything His breath, His spirit, they have it.
Play annotation Yuxudz an at dixidighene' yidong.
All that's what they used to say long ago.
Play annotation Yuxudz {din} singonh ye, singonh yuxudz sinughił didighene'.
All that my mother, my mother told all that to me.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in an go xiłdik
All that is why
Play annotation go dadz didisne.
this is how I'm telling it.
Play annotation Xiłdik,
So then,
Play annotation engtthi xodhił xingo,
a long time in the future when they are old enough,
Play annotation go sittheyqay,
my grandchildren,
Play annotation divało
I hope
Play annotation got sixidhitltth'onh.
they will hear this from me.
Play annotation Go gil,
Now,
Play annotation {gilegiq'i} gilegik xidhiq'idz xiye diniłdikda',
if it's written on paper,
Play annotation xiye tixitoxał.
they will read it in there.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in an go xiłdik oqo dadz didisne.
That's why I'm saying this.
Play annotation Agidet.
There it is.