Play annotation Speakers are Lʼx̱éisk Lily White (left) and Shak’ Sháani Margaret Dutson (right). Recorded July 12, 2011 at the home of Lily and Jacob White in Hoonah, AK. Produced at the University of Alaska Southeast, this material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation/National Endowment for the Humanities, Documenting Endangered Languages initiative under Grant No. 0853788. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Recorded by Wudisheeyi Tláa Alice Taff and Naakil.aan Mark Hans Chester. Tlingit transcription is needed. English translation by Kaséix̱ Selina Everson and Wudisheeyi Tláa Alice Taff. SYMBOLS: {false start}, (added for clarity), [translator/transcriber's note]. ??? = canʼt understand.
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Play annotation They were true Chookaneidí, your fathers.
Play annotation Yes.
Play annotation Atadáa, he is called, the man from Bear House.
Play annotation Bear House
Play annotation It grabbed him.
Play annotation "You're killing my people."
Play annotation "So there!"
Play annotation What are we going to call our house?
Play annotation Kaaksaḵaa said, "Don't you know?
Play annotation We'll name it the Bear House.
Play annotation He ate our relatives."
Play annotation Bear Claw (hands) House.
Play annotation It's rolling.
Play annotation Just Tlingit.
Play annotation Yes.
Play annotation It's rolling.
Play annotation Just Tlingit she wants it this time.
Play annotation They were starving.
Play annotation Chookaneidí.
Play annotation They were starving.
Play annotation In the morning he woke, that man.
Play annotation He woke up, looked outside.
Play annotation Right in front of him.
Play annotation They started walking away, the bears.
Play annotation Women used to weave baskets.
Play annotation They were still sleeping.
Play annotation It smelled good to them.
Play annotation A halibut he caught in the pond.
Play annotation Go and get your baskets.
Play annotation Pulling it up
Play annotation That, that halibut?
Play annotation halibut
Play annotation Shaxóo.
Play annotation The one that brought up the halibut?
Play annotation 2 men around him.
Play annotation helpers.
Play annotation Helpers.
Play annotation "Helpers, go on a boat!
Play annotation Tell people."
Play annotation They remove one gumboot.
Play annotation What is they call Dushaaḵáawoo?
Play annotation Men around him.
Play annotation I don't want to tell the story any old way.
Play annotation I like it to be good.
Play annotation The Chookaneidí, your fathers, were starving.
Play annotation That's why
Play annotation everybody talks about it
Play annotation and even the white man,
Play annotation they talk about it.
Play annotation Who was it?
Play annotation White man, right?
Play annotation What was he called?
Play annotation Let me tell you about my husband, the one I'm married to, white man.
Play annotation He's big, like this one.
Play annotation They were dancing an exit dance, then
Play annotation "Come here.
Play annotation Let's dance, us too."
Play annotation "I don't know how very well."
Play annotation "That's OK.
Play annotation I'll probably make it OK.
Play annotation He's strong,
Play annotation he pulled me out there.
Play annotation He was really dancing.
Play annotation Better than the Tlingits.
Play annotation He really likes it.
Play annotation My father's song,
Play annotation when he hears it, he'll dance to the song.
Play annotation Copy it for me.
Play annotation My father's song she's going to give me.
Play annotation That's what he sang on the recording.
Play annotation Thank you.
Play annotation Not this one, that, that,
Play annotation the song before this one, my father's song.
Play annotation No one
Play annotation could sing it.
Play annotation Myself,
Play annotation I would like it good
Play annotation with my daughter.
Play annotation She doesn't know her grandfather very well.
Play annotation Silas she knows.
Play annotation The one (daughter) I call Ḵájisaak
Play annotation That's the way Tlingit people are; they're stingy with their songs.
Play annotation A different clan
Play annotation "She's giving our songs away."
Play annotation I understand it well.
Play annotation "You'll sit here."
Play annotation "You'll listen.
Play annotation From there you'll learn.
Play annotation If you don't listen,
Play annotation you'll run around like a dog, carelessly.
Play annotation You'll talk to anything."
Play annotation He died, my father.
Play annotation I took care of my mother for 6 years.
Play annotation "Listen to me."
Play annotation Did she say it in Tlingit?
Play annotation "It won't sing for you
Play annotation after I die for, it won't come out (dancing) for you.
Play annotation "It won't lead the songs."
Play annotation [Battle cry of Tlingits]
Play annotation Your father's.
Play annotation The Chookaneidí didn't cry before their death.
Play annotation Not, not,
Play annotation when my father was dying
Play annotation I prayed with him.
Play annotation They used to come to us.
Play annotation How much I loved ...
Play annotation We were living in a 1 bedroom house.
Play annotation My daughter was small.
Play annotation She really loved her grandpa.
Play annotation So,
Play annotation she used to like to lie down with her shoes on.
Play annotation I gave her my grandmother's Tlingit name, the little girl.
Play annotation She found a newspaper.
Play annotation Under her feet, ???
Play annotation "Step on it grandpa.
Play annotation It won't get dirty."
Play annotation Then,
Play annotation he really obeyed her.
Play annotation "That's the way, grandchild.
Play annotation That's good."
Play annotation Then,
Play annotation he told me,
Play annotation "I'm leaving you now, daughter.
Play annotation This is probably the last time I'll see you."
Play annotation They're coming here.
Play annotation They had a house here.
Play annotation That's when he said to me,
Play annotation "I would like
Play annotation for my relatives
Play annotation I don't want crying about myself.
Play annotation My heart is failing."
Play annotation The last time, I didn't see (him again ???).
Play annotation From then,
Play annotation that's why
Play annotation the Chookaneidí,
Play annotation like a prelude,
Play annotation I used to hear it.
Play annotation Johnny Hinchman,
Play annotation he invited me here.
Play annotation We came and I saw it.
Play annotation Then he said to me, "I would like
Play annotation my elder brother's wife,
Play annotation I like it you don't come to party.
Play annotation I will invite you.
Play annotation to the ANB Hall."
Play annotation We went.
Play annotation Sherry was small.
Play annotation Because we respected his words,
Play annotation $100 he gave her.
Play annotation She showed it to me. My daughter,
Play annotation "How much money is this, Mom?"
Play annotation "Put it in a safe place, don't be carrying it carelessly."
Play annotation She'd fold it.
Play annotation Then she put it under her clothing.
Play annotation Anything,
Play annotation he paid her $400 total.
Play annotation He gave it to her.
Play annotation For what?
Play annotation For what is it?
Play annotation I think that's when his mother passed away.
Play annotation My daughter and I went to visit his mom.
Play annotation We stayed for 1 month here. [Hoonah]
Play annotation Then he invited us.
Play annotation When we arrived at home, her father,
Play annotation she gave it to her father.
Play annotation She gave it to Rusty.
Play annotation That,
Play annotation "My mother told me
Play annotation this is your relative.
Play annotation He gave me the money."
Play annotation She folded it up.
Play annotation She was showing her father the money.
Play annotation The first time
Play annotation I attended a party.
Play annotation My opposite clan men.
Play annotation I like
Play annotation when he invited me.
Play annotation I didn't pass it up.
Play annotation My mother said to me,
Play annotation "You write well, daughter.
Play annotation Write whatever."
Play annotation I helped with the writing.
Play annotation "My daughter, you will go, when someone dies, to help.
Play annotation If I pass away in your arms, you'll be the only one sitting beside me.
Play annotation They'll say to her, "Lily doesn't like anything."
Play annotation Don't go to her.
Play annotation Whenever someone passes.
Play annotation My mother used to say to me,
Play annotation "When you're on the other side, daughter,
Play annotation that's when
Play annotation people will help you."
Play annotation When my mother died,
Play annotation "What's the matter," she's my older sister.
Play annotation My father really loved her,
Play annotation Mary.
Play annotation That's how
Play annotation when my mother died,
Play annotation it doesn't matter,
Play annotation I would bring out $10, $20,
Play annotation when someone dies.
Play annotation That's what my mother told me,
Play annotation "You're doing right, daughter.
Play annotation When you cross over, they'll help you.
Play annotation I'm walking away now.
Play annotation That's what you're practicing for."
Play annotation That's how
Play annotation when she passed away, the money that was brought out amounted to $11,000.
Play annotation So,
Play annotation however
Play annotation from Canada,
Play annotation my aunt,
Play annotation my mother's older sister,
Play annotation they arrived.
Play annotation They never used to come.
Play annotation When my mother died, they came.
Play annotation They came to Juneau.
Play annotation That's how
Play annotation everyone came, from Hoonah, from Haines,
Play annotation Wrangell.
Play annotation From below (lower 48 states) they came.
Play annotation I was amazed.
Play annotation And not 1¢
Play annotation was paid
Play annotation from her death.
Play annotation That,
Play annotation maybe
Play annotation $4000
Play annotation it cost.
Play annotation Gave it to the opposite clan, Joe.
Play annotation Her last husband, my mother,
Play annotation $4000 my elder sister,
Play annotation she took care of our mother.
Play annotation Give it to her,
Play annotation we gave it to her.
Play annotation That's how I know, when anyone dies,
Play annotation I go there.
Play annotation And now I'm feeling sorry because we went away from her.
Play annotation Irene Lampe, we were close to each other.
Play annotation This evening.
Play annotation That's the last of my opposite clan members.
Play annotation She did it (recorded Tlingit Conversation 23) at the last.
Play annotation We just got through fixing it (the translation),
Play annotation What she was telling,
Play annotation "Every day,
Play annotation every day,
Play annotation I get spanked
Play annotation and after school I sit
Play annotation every day.
Play annotation Sometimes every other day,
Play annotation I got punished for speaking Tlingit language,
Play annotation myself.
Play annotation The way our people were,
Play annotation Because of death, if you ever lose the culture, it'll fall squarely on yourself.
Play annotation Don't ever let the old ways go.
Play annotation You'll die too.
Play annotation They really help each other.
Play annotation That's how I know it, my mother,
Play annotation she told me,
Play annotation "It doesn't matter what's happening to you, daughter.
Play annotation Always help."
Play annotation He didn't tell.
Play annotation A lot of children died there.
Play annotation Is that what you sang about earlier?
Play annotation What you sang about.
Play annotation I heard that.
Play annotation My father told me.
Play annotation Sometimes he used to start feeling high on it.
Play annotation I'm amazed.
Play annotation You know a lot.
Play annotation You know a lot now.
Play annotation You sang for an hour.
Play annotation Your songs.
Play annotation This one was there also.
Play annotation I would like it
Play annotation for everyone to know my father's song.
Play annotation I don't want it to be sung carelessly.
Play annotation I want you to sing it again.
Play annotation It will be recorded here.
Play annotation My uncle's song,
Play annotation Bear House
Play annotation it was.
Play annotation He sang it about his wife.
Play annotation Hei aya [Silas Dalton's song to his wife as he was dying, sad to leave her. Presented here by Lily White, Silas's niece, and Margaret Dutson, Silas's daughter.]
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation heinee aya
Play annotation aa haa hoohe aa haa hoohe
Play annotation heinee aya
Play annotation aa hoohe
Play annotation heinee aya
Play annotation aa haa nee aya
Play annotation haa nee aya
Play annotation Having a last good time
Play annotation with her, you're wolf,
Play annotation child of Yanyeidí.
Play annotation To your grandfathers' land,
Play annotation That is the melody. ???
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa nee aya
Play annotation The last of your fun,
Play annotation with him you're having it.
Play annotation hei yoo oo
Play annotation Child of Yanyeidí.
Play annotation To your grandfather's land
Play annotation you're going with me
Play annotation now. ???
Play annotation It turned to good luck.
Play annotation yei haa hoo hei yee
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa nee aya
Play annotation The vocables
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation aa nee aya
Play annotation However, it's difficult,
Play annotation this dying,
Play annotation children of Yanyeidí.
Play annotation I am now leaving you
Play annotation I'm walking away,
Play annotation my poor Raven.
Play annotation aa nee aya
Play annotation repeat
Play annotation However, it's difficult,
Play annotation this dying,
Play annotation children of Yanyeidí.
Play annotation I am now leaving you
Play annotation I'm walking away,
Play annotation my poor Raven.
Play annotation aa nee aya
Play annotation a haa hoo hei
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation a haa hoo hei
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation haa nee aya. The end.
Play annotation aa heinee aya
Play annotation Aa aa ya wei.
Play annotation Is it OK to include it in this?
Play annotation You gave me that.
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