Vocabulary

ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎨᏗ - Once, One time
ᏲᎾ - bear
ᎤᏚᎸᎮ - he wanted (reportative)
ᏥᏍᏚ - Tsisdu - Rabbit
ᎠᎨᎳᏍᏙᏗ - agelsdahdi - to dine with him, (for him to feed him. See: ᎦᎶᎭ, ᎦᏠᎭ)
ᎰᏩᏃ - Well alright,
ᎤᎷᏤ - he returned
ᏧᏪᏅᏒ - his home
ᏚᏯᏃ - and beans
ᏚᏩᏂᏍᏕ - he cooked them (See:
ᎪᎢᏃ - oil, grease
Ꮭ ᏳᎮ - he did not have it (reportative)
ᏧᏑᏴᏓ - for him to mix them in (To mix, mixture - asuyvsga)
ᏚᏯ - beans
ᏲᎾᏃ - Well, Bear
ᎤᏓᏰᏝᎴ - he made an incision on himself (rptv)
ᎠᏍᏆᎨᏂ - his side
ᎠᎴ - and
ᎤᏁᏩᏛᎮ - he found (liquid) (rptv) (ganewhtiha - ᎦᏁᏩᏘᎭ)
ᎪᎢ - oil, grease
ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏓᏴᏙᏗ - in order to cook them (the beans) with it
ᏥᏍᏚᏃ - Now, Rabbit
ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏁ- he was surprised, he was interested
ᎤᏓᏅᏖᏞ - he thought, wondered (rptv)
ᎾᏊᏊᏃ - and just now,
ᏯᏛᎾᏓ - if he could do it.
ᏲᏂᎬᎦ - if he needs it, when he needs it, when it is needed
ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬᏃ - so they were eating
ᎯᎠ - this
ᏄᏪᎵᏎ - he said it
ᏪᏙᎸ - go over there
ᏗᏓᏁᎸᎢ - at home
ᎬᏰᎳᏍᏔᏅᎢ - Gvyelstanvi - I will give you a meal (alt spelling for ᎬᏰᎵᏍᏓᏅᎢ. cf: ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎦ)
ᎤᎩᎭ - four (only)
ᎢᏳᏒᎯᏓ - nights
ᎢᏴᎢ - amount of time
ᏭᎷᏤ - he arrived there (rptv)
ᏧᏪᏅᏒ - his home
ᏚᏯ - beans
ᎤᏯᎴ - He looked for him (rptv)
ᏧᏑᏴᏓ - to mix them together
ᎠᏰᎵᏍᏗ - knife
ᏭᏴᎮ - he picked it up (ayiha - pick up a long object)
ᎠᏎᏃ - but, however
Ꮭ ᏳᏁᏩᏛᎮ - he didn't find it (liquid) (reportative) ᎦᏁᏩᏘᎭ
ᎩᎦ ᏍᎩᏂ - but that blood
ᏧᏤᏬᏤ - it poured out, it spilled out (atsewi'a)
ᎤᏅᏤ - he fell
ᎤᏲᎱᏍᏕᎾ - he nearly died
ᎤᏭᏖᏎ - he picked him up (rptv)
ᏍᏓᏯ - hard
ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏔᏁᎴ - he worked (rptv)
ᎠᎦᎸᏒᎲ - agalsvhv - he bound/bandaged him
ᎤᏓᏰᏝᎸ - his cut (where he cut himself)
ᏄᏪᏎᎴ - he said this
ᎠᏴᏃ - as for me
ᎨᏴ - it is, it was, being
ᎠᏆᏔᎾ - I am big (agwa- + utana)
ᏥᎳᏦᎯᏓ - I'm fat (tsi- + (ga)-l(a)tsohida
ᎠᎩᏁᎦᎸ - my skin
ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏜ - underneath
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ - Because of that
ᏯᏆᏓᏰᏝᎵ - If I cut myself
Ꮭ ᏯᏆᎵᏍᏗᏁᎰ - I don’t hurt myself
ᎪᎱᏍᏗ - something
ᏂᎯᏃ - But you; you, however
ᏣᏍᏗ - You are little (tsa- + (u)-sdi)
ᏣᎴᏐᏓ - You are thin (tsa- + (u)-lesoda)
ᏝᏃ ᏱᏂᎦᎭᏛᎦ - you can’t do it.
ᎾᏍᎩ - that

ᏲᎾ ᏃᎴ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᏁᎢ

ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎨᏗ ᏲᎾ ᎤᏚᎸᎮ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎠᎨᎳᏍᏙᏗ. ᎰᏩᏃ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎤᎸᏤ ᏲᎾ ᏧᏪᏅᏒ ᏚᏯᏃ ᏚᏩᏂᏍᏕ. ᎪᎢᏃ Ꮭ ᏳᎮ ᏧᏑᏴᏓ ᏚᏯ. ᏲᎾᏃ ᎤᏓᏰᏝᎴ ᎠᏍᏆᎨᏂ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏩᏛᎮ ᎪᎢ ᎤᎾᏓᏍᏓᏴᏙᏗ. ᏥᏍᏚᏃ ᎤᏍᏆᏂᎦᏓ ᎤᏰᎸᏁ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏓᏅᏖᏞ ᎾᏊᏊᏃ ᏯᏛᎾᏓ ᎪᎢ ᏲᏂᎬᎦ. ᎠᏂᎩᏍᎬᏃ ᏥᏍᏚ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᎵᏎ. ᏪᏙᎸ ᏗᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎬᏰᎳᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᎩᎭ ᎢᏳᏒᎯᏓ ᎢᏴᎢ. ᏲᎾᏃ ᏭᎷᏤ ᏥᏍᏚ ᏧᏪᏅᏒ ᏚᏯ ᏑᏩᏂᏍᎦ ᎪᎢᏃ ᎤᏯᎴ ᏧᏑᏴᏓ. ᎠᏰᎵᏍᏗ ᏭᏴᎮ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏆᎨᏂ ᎤᏓᏰᏝᎴ. ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᎪᎢ ᏳᏁᏩᏛᎮ ᎩᎦᏍᎩᏂ ᏧᏤᏬᏤ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏅᏤ ᎤᏲᎱᏍᏕᎾ. ᏲᎾᏃ ᎤᏭᏖᏎ ᏥᏍᏚ, ᏍᏓᏯ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᎳᏁᎴ ᎠᎦᎸᏒᎲ ᎤᏓᏰᏝᎸ. ᏲᎾᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏎᎴ ᏥᏍᏚ. ᎠᏴᏃ ᎨᏴ ᎠᏆᏔᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏥᎳᏦᎯᏓ ᎠᎩᏁᎦᎸ ᎭᏫᎾᏗᏜ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏯᏆᏓᏰᏝᎵ Ꮭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏯᏆᎵᏍᏗᏁᎰ. ᏂᎯᏃ ᏣᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎴᏐᏓ ᏝᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎦᎭᏛᎦ.


The Rabbit Dines The Bear

The Bear invited the Rabbit to dine with him. They had beans in the pot, but there was no grease for them, so the Bear cut a slit in his side and let the oil run out until they had enough to cook the dinner. The Rabbit looked surprised, and thought to himself, that’s a handy way. I think I’ll try that. When he started home he invited the Bear to come and take dinner with him four days later. When the Bear came the Rabbit said, I have beans for dinner, too. Now I’ll get the grease for them. So he took a knife and drove it into his side, but instead of oil, a stream of blood gushed out and he fell over nearly dead. The Bear picked him up and had hard work to tie up the wound and stop the bleeding. Then he scolded him, you little fool, I’m large and strong and lined with fat all over; the knife don’t hurt me; but you’re small and lean, and you can’t do such things.


Story from James Mooney’s “History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees”
Translation by Anna Huckaby, Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center
With much gratitude to Charles Kauffman for vocabulary assistance.

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