Play annotation Noy xugidighedhitinh. The one who escaped form war. 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, Edna Deacon, and Alice Taff. (added for clarity) {false start} [notes].
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Play annotation Xidhoyh.
The story.
Play annotation (DMM) The one you just told us.
Play annotation Yeah.
Yeah.
Play annotation Gogide,
Here it is,
Play annotation deg xiq'i {xitatl}
in the local language
Play annotation vixitatldhoyh,
I'll tell it,
Play annotation go idał, vixatldhok iy.
right now, the one I already told.
Play annotation Yidong engithidong {xid}
A long, long time ago
Play annotation xidhoyh.
story.
Play annotation Ngine',
Up river,
Play annotation ngine',
up river,
Play annotation Xiyighelinghdi xit'an ye,
the Holikachuk people,
Play annotation singonh,
my mother,
Play annotation sinughił di'ne,
she told me,
Play annotation "Ayiggi ngitsiy k'idz,
"That one, your little grandpa,
Play annotation ayiggi gide Xiyighelinghdi,
right there in Holikachuk,
Play annotation xit'an an at.
he's a Native from there.
Play annotation Agide, noy.
So (there was) war.
Play annotation Ghon' xits'i vonh
From there his mother
Play annotation ngiyiłtaninh, anh,"
is the one who carried him,"
Play annotation dina iłne.
she told us.
Play annotation "Tr'ine,
"It is said,
Play annotation xiyhts'in' go dadz
in falltime like this
Play annotation vonh and vito',
his mother and his father,
Play annotation tr'ine,
it is said,
Play annotation xivits'i iy da'on yeg
their relatives, lots of them
Play annotation ngitthing,
down there,
Play annotation a, Nulato or,
ah, Nulato or
Play annotation Yiqin
Yukon
Play annotation xivits'i iy da'on ye didiltth'en.
their relatives lived there.
Play annotation Ts'ixitathdatl
They go to them
Play annotation Xiyighelinghdi xits'in'.
from Holikachuk.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i yit qay xinedatl.
So then they reached that village.
Play annotation Qay xinedatl ts'i xiłdik,
They reached the village and then,
Play annotation xivits'i iy da'on ye,
their relatives,
Play annotation gho xidixinedatl.
they went in to them.
Play annotation Yit xadidltth'e.
They started to stay there.
Play annotation Xełedz xineg yuxudz yit xididltth'e.
Nicely, all of them stayed there.
Play annotation Yeg ndadz sre' ine',
I don't know how many but,
Play annotation ndadz sre' inałtadi
I don't know how many nights
Play annotation xinadhoł yuxudz dixet'a xingo.
it was, during which they camped.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
And then,
Play annotation xiłts'in' tux,
in the evenings,
Play annotation an nq'ołdałin ye
the women
Play annotation te xonxididił.
carried up the water.
Play annotation Anh giłigginh xiłdi nq'ołonh anh,
One of those women,
Play annotation te xitadhiyodi
at the water place (water hole)
Play annotation yit te titlchet xiyił, tr'ine.
started to get water, then, it is said.
Play annotation Iy te iy yuxudz yeg
All that water
Play annotation ni'idinix.
was moving.
Play annotation Vinjit didlidhiyh.
She got scared.
Play annotation Go itl'e noy ghidił,
Perhaps war is coming,
Play annotation inedhinh.
she thinks.
Play annotation Ngidiq, tr'ine, yuxudz yeg,
Up the bank, it is said,
Play annotation xanidliggok.
she ran up the bank.
Play annotation Yix xidon iliggok.
She ran into the house.
Play annotation Yuxudz xiłdi xinughił di'ne,
She told everyone,
Play annotation 'Ngitthet,
D'own there,
Play annotation te getiy ni'idinix.
the water is really moving.
Play annotation Noy,' ne. [Although Ellen pronounces the word "no'oy" for 'sun', we think she means to say "noy", 'war'.]
War,' she said.
Play annotation Ne', 'Agide ndałon
She said, 'Right now maybe
Play annotation tr'odił.'
they are coming.'
Play annotation Nginedz or ndagh sre' xits'i.
From upriver or she doesn't know where.
Play annotation 'Noy dił'an nighidił ndałon,' xiłne.
'The fighting people (army) are crossing (the river) maybe,' she tells them.
Play annotation Xiye gho dluggidilighusr, tr'ine.
They laugh at her, it is said.
Play annotation 'Ngo xits'i tidhene ts'i, ngonh.
'Don't talk like that, mother.
Play annotation Dina qul,' xałne.
There is nobody there,' they say.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i yuxudz,
So after that,
Play annotation xididighenek.
she quit talking about it.
Play annotation Che yuxudz, yuxudz ts'in' ne, ne, {xey ix, hiy hiy hiy yi}
It's still so with her (what she believed) but,
Play annotation xivixo yighela' ts'in',
they didn't believe her,
Play annotation anh xiłdi anh,
that person,
Play annotation Xiyighelinghdi xits'i xit'an,
the people from Holikachuk,
Play annotation nq'ołonh anh vigi-,
that woman her,
Play annotation vigidiyorz k'idz, vigi-,
her little son, her,
Play annotation trixineganh k'idz yił,
with her little baby,
Play annotation vughiyithdon yił xiłdik yit,
and with her husband there
Play annotation {dits'i} vits'i iy da'on vixididltth'e.
staying right there with their relatives.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i xinathdrit," ne.
So then they went to bed," she said.
Play annotation "Deg xitixet'a xiyił.
Then they were sound asleep.
Play annotation Vinixiłyiq
In the morning
Play annotation nixitili'eł dixits'i xiyił,
before it got light,
Play annotation qay yuxudz yeg,
The whole village,
Play annotation getiy longhin
really lots of people
Play annotation nedatl.
came.
Play annotation Yix tux oxo tithidatl. {xidigi-, xige}
Among the houses they went.
Play annotation Uxitiy
Those things
Play annotation tixixighon, tixixighon, tixixighon.
they're killing, killing, killing.
Play annotation {Ni} Yiggiy dałtidl ixdinałdał,
They didn't have those guns,
Play annotation uxitiy deg.
what they use around here.
Play annotation (DMM) Q'o is the arrow.
(DMM) Q'o is the arrow.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i yuxudz yix tux ixididał iy
Then they went in all the houses
Play annotation xivigi'iłting' axa,
with their bows and arrows,
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye yuxudz,
lots of people,
Play annotation {ixi-, xate-} yuxudz tthidixixine'onh.
they slaughtered everyone.
Play annotation Gan nq'ołonh xiłdik anh
That woman's then she,
Play annotation diyozr k'idz {digi-}
her little son,
Play annotation digitr'ixineganh k'idz,
her little baby,
Play annotation tr'ine, dughi yixini'iłt'anh.
it is said, she put him under her.
Play annotation Yitongo iy q'o
Meanwhile an arrow
Play annotation idiq'idz dithitonh.
she put on top of her.
Play annotation Yitots'i antr'an yeg {didl-}
So then it looks like
Play annotation q'o axa dalyoq xidingit'a.
with an arrow she was already struck.
Play annotation Yuxudz xiłdi xaxa
All the time
Play annotation viłałtingh xiq'i.
like she's sleeping.
Play annotation Ts'i yuxudz dingit'a nighisino ts'i xiyił.
All that time she stayed that way, not moving.
Play annotation {vigi-} Viyozr k'idz xiłdik, anh q'idz xiłdik
her little son, on top of him
Play annotation dathtanh.
she's lying.
Play annotation Yitongo vughiyithdon,
Meanwhile her husband,
Play annotation go viq'idhith,
right beside her,
Play annotation tr'ine, q'idong
it is said, already
Play annotation q'o axa xiyeditltił.
with an arrow in him.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i viyetr qul.
So now his breath (life) was gone.
Play annotation Yuxudz dingit'a ts'i xiłdik yuxudz.
Even so she just stayed like that.
Play annotation Ngi'egh yuxudz, yuxudz,
Outside all of them, everything,
Play annotation qay xichux yuxudz,
the whole big village,
Play annotation xit'an ye yuxudz,
all the people,
Play annotation tr'ine, yuxudz,
it is said, all,
Play annotation yuxudz xeloq, noy.
they all died, war.
Play annotation Yuxudz {xivi} xitogh ghidiltotl q'o axa.
All of them were shot with arrows.
Play annotation Ts'i yuxudz dina qul ts'i xidiyoq.
Like there was nobody living.
Play annotation Ixideyan' yuxudz.
Only them (the mother and baby).
Play annotation Yixi tux xidixodił ts'i xiłdik,
They (the attackers) went among all the houses,
Play annotation yeg yuxudz,
all the people,
Play annotation xiviyideloy tux xiyił,
among their clothes too,
Play annotation gan yeg xiyiq'a dingit'a yuxudz, xighiłzrek.
anything they liked, all that they took.
Play annotation Yuxudz xotl'ogh xiłdik,
After they did that,
Play annotation nixitithidatl.
they left.
Play annotation Anh nq'ołonh xiłdik an,
That woman, she,
Play annotation tth'e yuxudz ingit'a viyozr k'idz {vigi-, viy-, vigi-}
still she is lying like that (on) her little son,
Play annotation tr'ixineganh k'idz gho yix.
little baby underneath her.
Play annotation Xidigał xezron che,
Finally at last,
Play annotation tr'anyeniłtanh.
she took him out (from under her).
Play annotation Ngi'egh yuxudz yeg
Everything outside
Play annotation q'udixidetth'iq,
was quite all around,
Play annotation nq'oxdina' ye qul ts'in'.
no people.
Play annotation Agide yuxudz.
That's all of them.
Play annotation Nixitithidatl, inedhinh.
They left, she's thinking.
Play annotation Yitos'i xits'i xo'in xiłdi
So that's why then
Play annotation digigik'idz tr'anyiniłtanh dughiyixi xits'in'.
she took her little baby out from under her.
Play annotation Xełedz xineg xiłdik,
Really nicely then,
Play annotation niyethtl'enh.
she dressed him up (taking care of him).
Play annotation 'Agide, dadz ghiluq, viyił, ntasdoł itl'e,' inedhinh.
'Now this poor dear, with him, I'll walk back perhaps,' she's thinking.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'in',
So then,
Play annotation xełedz xineg diyeloq ts'i xiłdik.
very nicely she does it.
Play annotation Niyithtl'enh ts'i.
She dresses him up.
Play annotation Niyiłtał ts'i xiłdik.
She's carrying him then.
Play annotation Ngi'in tthiniytth
She puts her head out.
Play annotation Tthi'idiggisr.
She crawls out.
Play annotation Antr'an ye ghidiggisr.
Like she's crawling on out.
Play annotation Ghihoł qul;
She didn't walk;
Play annotation ghidiggisr.
she crawled.
Play annotation Xidigał ndagh sre'
Finally she doesn't know how
Play annotation xits'i nineyo,
she got out,
Play annotation ghidiggisr xingo.
while she's crawling.
Play annotation Xiłdik, 'Sixitiłtthał,' inedhinh ts'in'.
Then, 'They might see me,' she's thinking.
Play annotation {a dig} Digigik'idz, xiłdik anh,
Her little one, then that one,
Play annotation dughi yixiyił do.
he stayed under her.
Play annotation Iłt'e yołtał ts'in'.
Still she's holding him.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i xidigał xezron che
So then finally at last
Play annotation tritr tux {ne} idiggisr.
she crawled into the woods.
Play annotation Yit xits'i xiłdi diggadiniłnek.
There then she stood up.
Play annotation Ts'i yitots'i xinił'anh.
Then she looked around.
Play annotation Yuxudz xinił'anh.
She looked all around.
Play annotation Dina qul.
No people.
Play annotation Diva ine' 'n iy?
Who would there be?
Play annotation Xighela' ts'in'.
They weren't there.
Play annotation Agide yitots'in',
So then,
Play annotation yit, xits'i xiłdik,
from right there then,
Play annotation digigik'idz yił,
with her little one,
Play annotation tr'ine,
it is said,
Play annotation Xiyighelinghdi xits'i ntithiyo ghihoł ts'in'.
she started walking straight to Holikachuk.
Play annotation Ghihoł ts'i yiyił nughidoł.
She walked back with him.
Play annotation Che yuxudz,
All that,
Play annotation vughiyithdon,
her husband,
Play annotation yuxudz xivileg yił, qul ts'in'.
and all their dogs, gone.
Play annotation Yiyił ghihoł ts'i yuxudz.
She walks on with him.
Play annotation Xidigał xezron che,
Finally at last,
Play annotation Xiyighelinghdi niyiłtanh."
she carries him back to Holikachuk."
Play annotation Agide,
Thus,
Play annotation istl'idong,
when I was little,
Play annotation nighitl-'an',
I saw him,
Play annotation anh,
that person,
Play annotation tr'ixineganh k'idz, ghelahin.
the little baby, he was him.
Play annotation Singonh sinoł didighene'.
My mother told me.
Play annotation Ayiggi gide anh.
That one, that was him.
Play annotation Tr'ixineganh k'idz ghela'
He was the little baby
Play annotation yit noy dighit'an dong.
when the war happened long ago.
Play annotation "Yuxtsiy an anh," dina iłne.
"That's your grandfather," she tells us.
Play annotation Ts'i nighitl-'an' anh,
I saw that person,
Play annotation noy, xugidighedhitinh.
war, the one who escaped from it.
Play annotation Vonh, gidiyighiłdhitinh.
His mother, the one who escaped with him.
Play annotation Yit yitots'i vaniginagh ts'in'.
Right there I never forgot it.
Play annotation Che singonh sinughił didighene ts'in'.
Then my mother told it to me.
Play annotation Agidet, xunik.
There it is, a true story.
Play annotation Agide
There it is
Play annotation yit, yidong,
there, long ago,
Play annotation a yuxudz, noy dighit'an.
that's how war was.
Play annotation Getiy engtthegh
Really far over there
Play annotation {ne} novogh xits'in'
from the coast
Play annotation go Deg Xit'an
(to) the people around here,
Play annotation yuxudz xighił'an 'n a an at.
they used to do that way to them.
Play annotation Deg Xit'an ye
The Deg Xit'an
Play annotation iłt'et
always
Play annotation {xiyił xidin} idiyił ghidiniyh.
take care of themselves.
Play annotation Yuxudz xoghot xiłdik xitixixithghon ts'in'.
That's why they never got killed.
Play annotation Yitots'i,
So then,
Play annotation yuxudz xaxa xiłdik xełedz xineg xivixa dixighet'a'.
all of them then did (live) really good.
Play annotation Yitongo engtthegh xit'an ye
Meanwhile the coast people
Play annotation nixididił ine',
they come but,
Play annotation q'agh nixitididił.
they go back.
Play annotation Che xivan, Deg Xit'an ye,
Then for them, the Deg Xit'an,
Play annotation {xivixo-} xivixo xididltth'e.
they are waiting for them.
Play annotation Yitots'i yixenedatldi,
Then where they come,
Play annotation xitixoghitaghonh.
they'll kill them off.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in q'anixidididił.
That's why they turn around.
Play annotation Yuxudz xighit'an xiyił xidigał,
That's what was happening finally,
Play annotation tr'ine,
it is said,
Play annotation gashigh xit'an ye
(when) the white people
Play annotation nedatl engan xits'in'.
came over from far away.
Play annotation Yit xits'in' a xighidighenek.
From right then they stopped (having war).
Play annotation Yuxudz gashigh xit'an ye ixinałjit.
They were afraid of the white people.
Play annotation Xiłdik,
Then,
Play annotation yuxudz gits'i dixidiyoqda',
when anyone did something bad,
Play annotation giholyaxdi, xidixivitolyał.
the jail house, they'll put them in it.
Play annotation Yuxudz xo'in xiłdik
That's why then
Play annotation yuxudz xighidighenek iy.
they quit all that (war).
Play annotation Yit xits'in',
From then on,
Play annotation yuxudz,
everything,
Play annotation yuxudz an at dighidighenek.
they quit all of it.