Play annotation Speakers are Ḵintóow Adeline St. Clair (left) and Deiwjee Genevieve Cook (right). Recorded July 12, 2011 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. English translation by Shak’ Sháani Margaret Dutson and Wudisheeyi Tláa Alice Taff. SYMBOLS: {false start}, (added for clarity), [translator/transcriber's note]. ??? = canʼt understand.
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Play annotation My name is [name cut off] in Tlingit.
Play annotation I am Deisheetaan.
Play annotation A daughter of the Kaagwwantaan.
Play annotation Wooshkeetaan grandchild.
Play annotation T'aḵdeintaan grandchild.
Play annotation My
Play annotation as for me,
Play annotation and my children,
Play annotation Deisheetaan, is who we are.
Play annotation This lady who sits here is my sister.
Play annotation Her mother adopted me
Play annotation as her daughter.
Play annotation So then,
Play annotation not
Play annotation they won't set me apart.
Play annotation All the time
Play annotation they say to me,
Play annotation "You come from another community.
Play annotation You're not from here,
Play annotation this clan."
Play annotation Thatʼs why her mother,
Play annotation she adopted me
Play annotation for her sister.
Play annotation For her daughter.
Play annotation She's the one
Play annotation who taught me,
Play annotation Eva Davis.
Play annotation These were my schoolteachers.
Play annotation They taught me.
Play annotation I understood it (Tlingit)
Play annotation when I was little.
Play annotation When I spoke,
Play annotation my grandmother,
Play annotation I went with her
Play annotation to her garden.
Play annotation We used to work on it.
Play annotation We had a lot of fun all the time.
Play annotation I didn't think
Play annotation it was work
Play annotation when we worked on food.
Play annotation When we worked on berries,
Play annotation when we worked on food
Play annotation they used to sing all the time.
Play annotation That's when
Play annotation we used to dance,
Play annotation when we work on it
Play annotation My name is Deiwjí.
Play annotation I'm a Raven.
Play annotation I'm T'aḵdeintaan.
Play annotation I'm a Kaagwaagtaan daughter.
Play annotation Grandchild of the Chookaneidí.
Play annotation I'm from Hoonah.
Play annotation I understand Tlingit
Play annotation but speaking it
Play annotation is hard.
Play annotation When I was growing up, my mother,
Play annotation Search Bay [???] George is his name
Play annotation I didn't know
Play annotation his name,
Play annotation his real name though.
Play annotation Susie
Play annotation told me
Play annotation "When you grow up, you're going to learn
Play annotation sewing,
Play annotation cooking,
Play annotation taking care of children,
Play annotation that's when your house will look nice."
Play annotation Oh, how I liked
Play annotation walking around outside with others.
Play annotation My mother used to say to me,
Play annotation "Sit down.
Play annotation You're a girl.
Play annotation You won't run around
Play annotation like boys.
Play annotation That's why I used to sit home.
Play annotation I got used to it.
Play annotation I just sat home.
Play annotation I didn't know what was going on in town.
Play annotation But when I worked
Play annotation I used to know
Play annotation whatever is happening in town.
Play annotation That's how the elders (knew),
Play annotation I told them what was going on,
Play annotation whatever is going on.
Play annotation Right now though, no.
Play annotation I stay home.
Play annotation Right now, the girls who are growing up,
Play annotation it's really hard.
Play annotation They don't know how to cook.
Play annotation If there's a problem with their clothes, they don't sew it.
Play annotation They just put it together.
Play annotation As I was growing up my mother and dad taught me.
Play annotation Baking bread
Play annotation and cooking.
Play annotation When I was 12 and 13 that's when
Play annotation our relatives stayed with us.
Play annotation My dad,
Play annotation my older sisters and my brothers,
Play annotation in one house we stayed.
Play annotation As for me,
Play annotation my mother said,
Play annotation "You're the one
Play annotation who will be cooking."
Play annotation "Well, what about, what about my
Play annotation family?
Play annotation They never cook."
Play annotation "As for them,
Play annotation they're working on children, that is why."
Play annotation "Oh."
Play annotation I wake up 5:00 in the morning.
Play annotation I would bake bread
Play annotation before I went to school.
Play annotation Before I left
Play annotation I would cook.
Play annotation I would cook and go out.
Play annotation I would wash clothes
Play annotation for them
Play annotation when I went to school.
Play annotation When I got back,
Play annotation like today,
Play annotation it was sunny,
Play annotation everything would dry.
Play annotation I would put it together.
Play annotation I put it away.
Play annotation When I got home, my father said,
Play annotation "Really that bread was good.
Play annotation No more. We ate it up.
Play annotation Make some more."
Play annotation I thought I would go out when I came back.
Play annotation In the house,
Play annotation no,
Play annotation they didn't want it. [her going out]
Play annotation It was fun.
Play annotation Everything
Play annotation when I was growing up
Play annotation was very hard though.
Play annotation Sometimes though,
Play annotation I wanted to
Play annotation be invited.
Play annotation On holidays
Play annotation my mother would say, "No.
Play annotation I don't want you to go out.
Play annotation You're a lady; they stay home."
Play annotation It was
Play annotation close to our house;
Play annotation the show hall was close and still
Play annotation they didn't want me to go there.
Play annotation That is how it was
Play annotation when I was growing up.
Play annotation Right now girls walk around;
Play annotation they don't care.
Play annotation Nothing
Play annotation is done at home.
Play annotation Just their mothers,
Play annotation they didn't teach them anything.
Play annotation All my children know what to do.
Play annotation Cooking,
Play annotation I taught them.
Play annotation Right now,
Play annotation 4th of July when I went to Juneau,
Play annotation my youngest son,
Play annotation Lkúdaan Yadiyí is his name,
Play annotation I taught him
Play annotation making dry fish.
Play annotation He didn't know how
Play annotation to cut it (the fish).
Play annotation Around it he didn't know.
Play annotation I taught him how to do it. Right now
Play annotation making dry fish.
Play annotation I said to him,
Play annotation "Right now, for me,
Play annotation I'm going to call you,
Play annotation 'Send me some
Play annotation dry fish.'
Play annotation It was hard working on it, for me.
Play annotation Now you know when you used to call me,
Play annotation ʼ(In) my hand,
Play annotation Mom,
Play annotation I want dryfish.ʼ
Play annotation Now you know."
Play annotation How is your husband?
Play annotation My sweetheart?
Play annotation He's all right.
Play annotation This medicine,
Play annotation the medicine is,
Play annotation His medicine isn't right, is that right?
Play annotation Yes.
Play annotation They're keeping it.
Play annotation Yes.
Play annotation That's the way my son is,
Play annotation Jake Jr.
Play annotation It's,
Play annotation I tell him, "You're just too sweet, that's why
Play annotation you've got sugar diabetes.
Play annotation You eat too much of it."
Play annotation "No."
Play annotation As for me,
Play annotation the doctor said,
Play annotation "When you take care of your food right,
Play annotation that is good.
Play annotation That's when it will go down,
Play annotation the illness."
Play annotation His diabetes, right?
Play annotation No,
Play annotation nobody is helping him.
Play annotation His son,
Play annotation whatever his son wants,
Play annotation he would buy it.
Play annotation All the sweets.
Play annotation He's always hungry for bread and pastries.
Play annotation I'm always telling him, "Don't eat
Play annotation anything but potatoes," I'm telling him. "And
Play annotation a lot, just a little of it you will eat.
Play annotation and noodles
Play annotation spaghetti, just a little bit of it.
Play annotation No matter how much there is of berries (fresh fruit),
Play annotation whatever fruit you want, eat."
Play annotation He doesn't want (to do) it
Play annotation just the way HE wants it,
Play annotation that's the way he wants it.
Play annotation The way he eats.
Play annotation As for my husband,
Play annotation Parkinson's.
Play annotation And his heart
Play annotation is too weak.
Play annotation You don't know?
Play annotation I don't know.
Play annotation His mother was that way,
Play annotation Alice.
Play annotation She had heart trouble.
Play annotation Her oldest brother,
Play annotation that's where she is living.
Play annotation Her heart.
Play annotation And on your side,
Play annotation the arthritis, there's so much of it.
Play annotation My mother, and my aunts on my grandparents,
Play annotation on my husband's side, heart trouble.
Play annotation and sugar diabetes.
Play annotation I had 4 children.
Play annotation Their hearts,
Play annotation heart failure.
Play annotation One of them was 6 months old when she died of heart trouble.
Play annotation 2 1/2 years, Earl died.
Play annotation 39-year-old died,
Play annotation and 54-year-old.
Play annotation His heart.
Play annotation It spread all around.
Play annotation And cancer too.
Play annotation I didn't know they had it.
Play annotation It blew up among them.
Play annotation At first it was TB they had here.
Play annotation After that, heart trouble.
Play annotation Right now it's cancer.
Play annotation It's beating them.
Play annotation That funny medication that they give.
Play annotation They boys and the girls,
Play annotation that funny smoke,
Play annotation that's how they walk around.
Play annotation For me, and
Play annotation cancer,
Play annotation I used to have it,
Play annotation the medicine.
Play annotation As for you, you're lucky.
Play annotation My sister in the states,
Play annotation they found it in her bones,
Play annotation inside,
Play annotation that cancer.
Play annotation Hítkinaa they called it.
Play annotation She caught it in her hip.
Play annotation She caught cancer in her hip.
Play annotation It was useless.
Play annotation And now it is
Play annotation her foot.
Play annotation In winter
Play annotation her shoes,
Play annotation when she played
Play annotation she walks around all right.
Play annotation When they examined her it was all right.
Play annotation 3 years ago or maybe 4,
Play annotation 10.
Play annotation 11 years.
Play annotation 11 years.
Play annotation That's good.
Play annotation Nobody came Friday. [to a meeting]
Play annotation Larry and I were sitting there.
Play annotation We kept calling around.
Play annotation No, nobody came.
Play annotation Just us,
Play annotation He stood up, is it?
Play annotation "I'm going to speak." [Larry said.]
Play annotation "Be of good courage." [Adeline said to Larry.]
Play annotation "How do they speak?
Play annotation when they get invited to a party, a big party?" [potlatch]
Play annotation "You're the one who is going to talk to them.
Play annotation I'm listening," I told him.
Play annotation "I don't know; that's why I'm asking you."
Play annotation [An expression of slight surprise.]
Play annotation "At the beginning, you're going to say, thank you.
Play annotation ʼThank you,
Play annotation noble people, men and women,
Play annotation you came at our request
Play annotation when we invited you.
Play annotation We're going to break bread together.
Play annotation Together.
Play annotation Together we will eat.'
Play annotation You'll say that.
Play annotation You'll tell them who you are.
Play annotation Your name.
Play annotation What clan you are."
Play annotation "Is that the way?"
Play annotation "That is the way."
Play annotation "I don't know anything about that," I told him.
Play annotation "My brothers are the ones who speak first.
Play annotation After that,
Play annotation I stand up
Play annotation I would say, ʼThank you.
Play annotation My brothers have said it all so I'm just standing here with thank you.ʼ"
Play annotation "That's not right.
Play annotation That's not right.
Play annotation Women speak out first sometimes."
Play annotation "That's when you are asked," I told him.
Play annotation The right time comes.
Play annotation You don't speak out inappropriatly.
Play annotation Some of the Natives
Play annotation speak without thinking. ???
Play annotation They do that, that's why.
Play annotation When they tell you, only then.
Play annotation That's why
Play annotation our leaders,
Play annotation when they meet together,
Play annotation they would ask me.
Play annotation I'm the only one
Play annotation from my clan,
Play annotation the Deisheetaan.
Play annotation My children aren't here so they call me.
Play annotation I would name everyone
Play annotation moiety, the Eagle moiety.
Play annotation After that I would say thank you.
Play annotation "You seem to know more than we do, that's why we ask you.
Play annotation We bother you right now."
Play annotation That's the way they will teach you.
Play annotation When you ask,
Play annotation whatever.
Play annotation When you ask how
Play annotation you will say, this is how we'll do it.
Play annotation It will be good, maybe.
Play annotation Sometimes
Play annotation you might not like it. That's when
Play annotation they'll say,
Play annotation "No,
Play annotation that's not right."
Play annotation That's why
Play annotation in 2 ways
Play annotation you yourself
Play annotation will know what you're going to speak on.
Play annotation That's it.
Play annotation You know what you're going to speak.
Play annotation Ice cream parlor
Play annotation I worked there.
Play annotation for 2 years.
Play annotation After that
Play annotation I worked at Icy Straits
Play annotation fish cannery.
Play annotation They always know
Play annotation when I don't get there on time.
Play annotation We too do that.
Play annotation They put it in cans.
Play annotation They put it in, the fish.
Play annotation After that
Play annotation the crab cannery, crab.
Play annotation I worked there.
Play annotation For 23 years I worked there.
Play annotation When it was finished
Play annotation I took care of small children
Play annotation for the mothers who worked in school.
Play annotation School teacher.
Play annotation After that, Tlingit & Haida.
Play annotation They called me.
Play annotation Right now
Play annotation Icy Straits [tourist attraction]
Play annotation white people that is,
Play annotation they go through the houses.
Play annotation Everybody that lived there,
Play annotation Tlingits,
Play annotation regalia that they own,
Play annotation whatever regalia was there,
Play annotation I would tell them about the regalia.
Play annotation After that
Play annotation they ran short of money so
Play annotation they let me go.
Play annotation That was it.
Play annotation I didn't know what I was going to do.
Play annotation A white woman came,
Play annotation "They're going to take care of the elders.
Play annotation We'll teach you if you would like."
Play annotation "Go ahead," I said.
Play annotation While I was still working,
Play annotation their leaders and the Alaska leaders said,
Play annotation "When you take care of the elders,
Play annotation you'll go to school.
Play annotation They'll teach you.
Play annotation Somewhat like a nurse.
Play annotation And they taught me.
Play annotation If I liked
Play annotation there
Play annotation here
Play annotation they build it.
Play annotation Whoever was sick
Play annotation would go there,
Play annotation the clinic.
Play annotation "If you like you will work there.
Play annotation Whatever they taught you."
Play annotation No.
Play annotation I will work with the elders.
Play annotation It's because of them
Play annotation I live here.
Play annotation It's through them I learned
Play annotation whatever I was going to do.
Play annotation With my living
Play annotation they taught me
Play annotation how to work on berries in different ways.
Play annotation Berries with salmon eggs.
Play annotation Different kinds,
Play annotation different.
Play annotation They taught me in school.
Play annotation When I traveled to school
Play annotation they told this to me,
Play annotation 5
Play annotation in the morning I would get up.
Play annotation I would eat.
Play annotation After we go to school that's when
Play annotation 7:00
Play annotation when we go to eat.
Play annotation I would sit and read.
Play annotation 3 years we went
Play annotation and 3 months.
Play annotation When I finished
Play annotation 12.
Play annotation One day though,
Play annotation when we read it all,
Play annotation all about the medicine for the elders,
Play annotation some of them
Play annotation couldn't stand
Play annotation the way we were taught to help them.
Play annotation They taught us
Play annotation when they lie in bed
Play annotation the way
Play annotation they get up
Play annotation when they sit
Play annotation and when we turn them around,
Play annotation and stand them up,
Play annotation into the chair,
Play annotation that is,
Play annotation that became my work.
Play annotation While I am working with the elders,
Play annotation how many of them who have died already.
Play annotation Long ago,
Play annotation 5,
Play annotation every day 5,
Play annotation persons,
Play annotation women and men,
Play annotation small persons, [children]
Play annotation I take care of them in their home.
Play annotation That's where I worked.
Play annotation 7:00
Play annotation I go to work.
Play annotation I would go home at 5
Play annotation from work.
Play annotation I took care of her mother too.
Play annotation Just for a while.
Play annotation When it became too hard for her, her,
Play annotation she moved to her daughter's.
Play annotation And they said to me, "No,
Play annotation her daughter will take care of her,"
Play annotation and
Play annotation they laid me off.
Play annotation It wasn't long,
Play annotation what I worked with.
Play annotation At first
Play annotation when they were teaching me,
Play annotation the way to bathe them,
Play annotation Tlingit,
Play annotation one woman,
Play annotation I was going to bathe her husband,
Play annotation she stood there,
Play annotation "It's all right, it's all right," [the wife said to her husband]
Play annotation "It's all right.
Play annotation It's her work.
Play annotation Be brave."
Play annotation I began to get scared,
Play annotation even so,
Play annotation I bathed him,
Play annotation ??? that man.
Play annotation That isn't right.
Play annotation "As for me, I am going to take care of you;
Play annotation you are my uncle's wife.
Play annotation It's backwards right now."
Play annotation "I have no strength in me."
Play annotation "As for you,
Play annotation it's your sickness that is."
Play annotation "The way you take care of me."
Play annotation "Well, this is my work."
Play annotation Sometimes he becomes weak.
Play annotation He didn't want the other woman to work on him.
Play annotation He wouldn't eat,
Play annotation from his paternal niece,
Play annotation she would telephone me.
Play annotation "Come over here.
Play annotation He doesn't want to eat.
Play annotation He'll eat from you though."
Play annotation "Okay.
Play annotation I'll be there."
Play annotation I would go over there.
Play annotation After I feed him,
Play annotation I would tell him,
Play annotation "The other woman works here."
Play annotation His wife
Play annotation likes you working here that's why
Play annotation because of her,
Play annotation ??? I said to him.
Play annotation And still they would telephone me.
Play annotation I had a lot of work.
Play annotation Some of it,
Play annotation his relatives would say mean things to me.
Play annotation and I said, "Your,
Play annotation your relative is taking care of you."
Play annotation I try not,
Play annotation I try not to take over.
Play annotation This is work they gave me; that is why I'm here."
Play annotation So,
Play annotation just recently though,
Play annotation I quit working at this.
Play annotation They ask me,
Play annotation they operated on my knee.
Play annotation Just recently,
Play annotation I still don't know how to walk well.
Play annotation It's still not well.
Play annotation Walking up the stairs, I still don't know.
Play annotation Among other things, I know
Play annotation ???
Play annotation walking up the hill
Play annotation and walking down, is hard for me.
Play annotation It's sure fun
Play annotation speaking Tlingit.
Play annotation My sister is teaching us.
Play annotation Sometimes I don't know how,
Play annotation the words,
Play annotation saying the words is a little hard for me.
Play annotation Speaking it, I know.
Play annotation Reading it is hard for me.
Play annotation Tlingit, I try very hard with it.
Play annotation I try,
Play annotation sometimes I make it.
Play annotation I go over it again.
Play annotation I try it again.
Play annotation Whenever I make it,
Play annotation I would say,
Play annotation "I made it."
Play annotation "That's good."
Play annotation "What did you read?"
Play annotation I would tell them.
Play annotation So,
Play annotation they go to school with me.
Play annotation Larry Sanders,
Play annotation ???
Play annotation he was unsure at school.
Play annotation "Spot
Play annotation run."
Play annotation "What!
Play annotation Where did that white man's language come from anyway?" I told him.
Play annotation They taught us
Play annotation all the time.
Play annotation Lily White teaches us sometimes.
Play annotation Really
Play annotation speaking
Play annotation when you know what you're going to say, it is easy,
Play annotation your speech.
Play annotation I try it all the time.
Play annotation Sometimes I would go there
Play annotation where they're going to eat,
Play annotation whatever's happening in a community,
Play annotation nothing is going on.
Play annotation "That's amazing.
Play annotation Why is it while I was working, everything was happening?"
Play annotation I said to him.
Play annotation "That isnʼt,
Play annotation that is none of my business," he said.
Play annotation Well!
Play annotation My daughter
Play annotation it hasn't been too long that she passed away.
Play annotation It really
Play annotation it shocked me.
Play annotation I just spoke to her,
Play annotation 5 days before.
Play annotation One day though,
Play annotation her husband called me,
Play annotation "She died.
Play annotation Your daughter died."
Play annotation I didn't see her, so I went there.
Play annotation We were going out to eat and she didn't come.
Play annotation I went to her home.
Play annotation I knocked.
Play annotation Just recently
Play annotation she seemed all right, her body.
Play annotation She just died recently.
Play annotation I went to Juneau.
Play annotation While I was still
Play annotation sitting at my son's house,
Play annotation she (Genevieve) called me, everyone
Play annotation the persons she's teaching,
Play annotation they called me.
Play annotation How comforting it was, not being alone.
Play annotation It's hard, you know that.
Play annotation When one of your children dies,
Play annotation when they live in another community.
Play annotation That is
Play annotation this generation
Play annotation the elders,
Play annotation I know them.
Play annotation So,
Play annotation they spoke to me.
Play annotation Right here though, they knew my daughter died.
Play annotation They called me.
Play annotation That is, they knew it.
Play annotation It wasn't hard.
Play annotation Everything was prepared
Play annotation when I went there.
Play annotation All of us who went to school together,
Play annotation They're learning the Tlingit language together, they're the ones.
Play annotation They helped me.
Play annotation One of them wrote a paper and gave it to me.
Play annotation The other one
Play annotation wrote a paper (speech), that one, though,
Play annotation came over and spoke with a speech.
Play annotation Whoever cooked for me,
Play annotation she wrote that also.
Play annotation It wasn't hard
Play annotation paper,
Play annotation it was like putting it on paper.
Play annotation One month later,
Play annotation when I opened the paper,
Play annotation whatever happened,
Play annotation what they did for me.
Play annotation Whoever died,
Play annotation I go there.
Play annotation I felt it,
Play annotation losing someone,
Play annotation the one you love.
Play annotation I would feel it;
Play annotation I would speak,
Play annotation to them.
Play annotation I don't know
Play annotation speaking in Tlingit,
Play annotation like helping them.
Play annotation I would read it in white man (language)
Play annotation just to help them.
Play annotation And these, my grandchildren,
Play annotation every time I go there, I try to teach them our language.
Play annotation They're beginning to learn it good.
Play annotation They know the songs.
Play annotation I don't,
Play annotation I don't know the songs.
Play annotation It sounds kind of strange
Play annotation in my throat.
Play annotation It's just like young boys growing up is what happens to me.
Play annotation When they're 13 years old, their voices change.
Play annotation That's what's happening to me now that I'm getting old.
Play annotation My voice,
Play annotation it's kind of strange, and the singing.
Play annotation When they operated on my ear,
Play annotation there was cancer in my ear.
Play annotation So,
Play annotation since they operated, I don't hear too well.
Play annotation It was strange.
Play annotation When I was hearing well,
Play annotation they operated.
Play annotation On the left side,
Play annotation I couldn't hear.
Play annotation 4th of July is when
Play annotation like it burst.
Play annotation It happened.
Play annotation I donʼt hear too well now.
Play annotation Some of the Tlingit language I don't hear too well.
Play annotation Any old way
Play annotation I would ask
Play annotation after they tell me, then
Play annotation I speak
Play annotation the right way though.
Play annotation I would speak to them.
Play annotation How wonderful they were long ago the Tlingit,
Play annotation their language.
Play annotation They would lift us up.
Play annotation Didn't want to drop any of it.
Play annotation Their tears
Play annotation when they're crying,
Play annotation the one you love,
Play annotation for
Play annotation was very hard.
Play annotation Right now though,
Play annotation right now, the Tlingit, no,
Play annotation it's none of their business.
Play annotation When I first brought my daughter's body,
Play annotation her dead body,
Play annotation nobody was with us.
Play annotation She (Genevieve) heard about it.
Play annotation When I came, right away
Play annotation she called everyone.
Play annotation Every one of our relatives came there.
Play annotation Not long from there,
Play annotation I didn't think that way.
Play annotation Why didn't I talk to them,
Play annotation my younger sister
Play annotation so she could tell them
Play annotation that I was bringing my daughter.
Play annotation I was walking around in a daze, not knowing what to do.
Play annotation Everyone who was in a learning session with me,
Play annotation Tlingit language,
Play annotation that is why I was all right.
Play annotation Their speech,
Play annotation that helped me up
Play annotation the way they talked to me.
Play annotation "Thank you," when I said to them,
Play annotation "everyone,
Play annotation my relatives,
Play annotation and their husbands,
Play annotation still alive."
Play annotation Genevieve
Play annotation her husband,
Play annotation I call him "sweetheart",
Play annotation Alice Haldane, "my honey."
Play annotation her husband,
Play annotation "My honey, how is my honey?"
Play annotation So, she would playfully sock me.
Play annotation "Your honey is no good!"
Play annotation Right now she forgot.
Play annotation Poor thing!
Play annotation "That's why he's my honey,"
Play annotation I told her.
Play annotation Lillian, her sister,
Play annotation I ask her,
Play annotation "How is my honey?"
Play annotation "I don't know.
Play annotation He doesn't talk to me.
Play annotation He's pouting."
Play annotation Playfully,
Play annotation it gives to me.
Play annotation "That's the way it is."
Play annotation I tell them.
Play annotation I love all my family.
Play annotation That's because of them
Play annotation Tlingit
Play annotation I became a leader.
Play annotation The way they
Play annotation give to me honor,
Play annotation all of them.
Play annotation Sometimes I don't feel like talking.
Play annotation with all the leaders.
Play annotation With Genevieve and her sister Lillian
Play annotation they would tell me, "Come here.
Play annotation It's your turn.
Play annotation Right now."
Play annotation I don't want to.
Play annotation Even when I go there
Play annotation to talk for them.
Play annotation Every
Play annotation clan's name
Play annotation even those from long ago
Play annotation their
Play annotation women who are Eagles, all their names,
Play annotation after that, I say thank you.
Play annotation How good it is
Play annotation that they taught us when we were little.
Play annotation My grandmother, her garden,
Play annotation everything
Play annotation would be there.
Play annotation Potatoes she would bring out, carrots.
Play annotation She would say, once in a while,
Play annotation "How I loved to gather."
Play annotation I don't know the name of that,
Play annotation bucket we would pick into.
Play annotation My grandmother had 4,
Play annotation different sizes.
Play annotation "The red one, you will pick."
Play annotation "Yes."
Play annotation "You, though, you pick the black one."
Play annotation Blueberries.
Play annotation I pick the huckleberries, the others pick the light blueberries.
Play annotation They would pick.
Play annotation To suggest CORRECTIONS or offer COMMENTS, please email alicetaff@gmail.com. All improvements are welcomed.