Vocabulary

ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ - a hunter
ᎤᏙᏓᏩᏓ - all day
ᎡᏙᎮ - s/he was walking around, they told me
ᏚᏲᎮ - s/he was looking for them, they told me
ᎠᏫ - deer
ᏙᏓᎸᎢ - mountains
ᎥᏝᏃ - (form of negation)
ᏱᏓᏩᏗᎮ - [didn't] find them, they told me
ᎬᏂᏃ - s/he sat down
ᏧᏍᏔᏰᏐᏅ - TBA
ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ - TBA
ᎤᎵᏍᏛᏈᏁ - TBA
ᎠᏙᎯ - TBA
ᎤᏣᏬᏐᎸᏍᏔᏁ - TBA
ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎴ - TBA
ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗ - like, similar

ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏑᎵ


ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏙᏓᏩᏓ ᎡᏙᎮ ᏚᏲᎮ ᎠᏫ ᏙᏓᎸᎢ ᎥᏝᏃ ᏱᏓᏩᏗᎮ ᎬᏂᏃ ᏧᏍᏔᏰᏐᏅ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏍᏛᏈᏁ ᎠᏙᎯ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏣᏬᏐᎸᏍᏔᏁ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᎴ ᎢᏳᏛᏁᏗ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᏑᎵ ᏥᏍᏆ ᎢᏳᏍᏗᎭ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ ᎤᏕᎵᏛ ᎠᏛᏁᏟᏗ ᎤᏬᎮᎢ ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏜ ᎤᏃᎯᎶᎴ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏃᎮᏔᏁ. ᎤᏛᏛᎲᏍᎨ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏁᎲ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏃᎮᏠᎾ ᎦᏃᎮᏗ Ꮎ ᏚᎵ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏬᏎᎢ ᏰᎵᏃ ᎢᎦ ᏳᏂᏨ ᎠᏫ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᏕᎦᏔᏛ ᎤᏟᏗᏜ ᏚᏓᎴᎩᏊᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎦᎸᎪᏗᏜ ᏱᏄᏛᏁ ᎦᏃᎴᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏫᏗᎬᏩᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎴ ᎤᏔᏂᎴ ᏧᎾᏓᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗ ᏄᎾᏍᏛ ᏞᎦᏊ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ. ᎾᏊᏃ Ꮎ ᏑᎵ ᎢᏒᎨ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏍᏔᏴᎲᏍᎩ ᏧᏬᏅᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎠᏫ ᏫᏚᎭᎴᎨᎢ. ᎣᏏᏃ ᎤᏰᎸᏁ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ, ᎠᎴ ᏑᎵ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏁᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏍᏔᎲᏍᎩ ᏧᏬᎸ ᏭᎶᎭ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏯᏅᎮ ᎠᏂᏁᎵ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ. ᎾᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᏑᎵ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏁᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎳᏫᏛᎮ ᏙᏓᎸ ᎦᎸᎾᏍᏜ ᏧᏩᏛᏗᏱ ᎠᏫ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᎡᎵ ᎤᏬᎯᏨ ᎤᏜᏔᏍᏔᏅ ᎨᏎ ᎠᎨᏯ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏙᏳ ᎠᏂᏁᎵ ᎨᏒ ᎡᎵᏍᎨ ᏂᎪᎯᎸ, ᎾᏃ ᏑᎵ ᎤᏩᏌᎢᏴ ᏄᏓᏛᏁᎴ. ᎠᏎ ᎠᏇᏅᏍᏗ ᎢᎾᎨ ᎡᎯ ᎠᎩᏯᎸᏍᏗ ᎤᏩᏒᎯᏃ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᎩᏂᎮᏍᏗ ᎤᏛᏁ. ᎤᎷᏤᏃ ᎤᎿ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏚᎾᏠᏒ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ. ᎠᎴ ᎠᏥᏩᏛᎮ ᎦᏳᎳ ᎤᎿ ᎡᏙᎮᎢ. ᏏᏃ ᎠᏑᎵᏊ ᎨᏎᎢ, ᎠᏓᎦᏘᏰᎢ. ᎠᎦᏛᏛᏁᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏱᏄᎵᏍᏓᏁᎳ, ᎾᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏁᏣ ᎯᎸᏍᎩᏛ ᎠᏫ ᎦᏥᏩᏔ ᎦᏝᏛᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᏄᏪᏒ ᏑᎵ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᏑᎵ ᏴᏫᏊ ᏄᎾᏍᏛ ᏄᏩᏁᎴ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ. ᎠᎴ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏑᎵ ᏂᎤᎵᏍᏔᏁᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏝᏫᏛᎮᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᎦᏃᎭᎵᏙᎯ ᎤᏪᏅᏎ ᎤᎿ ᏚᎪᎲ ᎠᏫ ᎠᎴ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏚᏞᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᎯᏳ ᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎾᏰᎲᎾ ᏱᎦᎷᎨ ᎠᏙᎯ ᎤᏓᏳᏒᎢ.


The Hunter And The Buzzard

A hunter had been all day looking for deer in the mountains without success until he was completely tired out and sat down on a log to rest and wonder what he should do, when a buzzard- a bird which always has magic powers- came flying overhead and spoke to him, asking him what was his trouble. When the hunter had told his story, the buzzard said there were plenty of deer on the ridges beyond if only the hunter were high up in the air where he could see them, and proposed that they exchange forms for a while, when the buzzard would go home to the hunter's wife while the hunter would go to look for deer. The hunter agreed, and the buzzard became a man and went home to the hunter's wife, who received him as her husband, while the hunter became a buzzard and flew off over the mountain to locate the deer. After staying some time with the woman, the buzzard excused himself, saying he must go again to look for game or they would have nothing to eat. He came to the place where he had first met the hunter, and found him already there, still in buzzard form, awaiting him. He asked the hunter what success he had had, and the hunter replied that he had found several deer over the ridge, as the buzzard had said. Then the buzzard restored the hunter to human shape, and became himself a buzzard again and flew away. The hunter went where he had seen the deer and killed several, and from that time he never returned empty-handed from the woods.


Story from James Mooney’s “History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees”
Translation by Anna Huckaby, Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center
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