c̓oyx̣eʔ u smx̣ey̓čn̓

Crawfish and Grizzly Bear

Illustrated by Annette Peone

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qsipi, łu n č̓sulexʷ šey hepł nšnšnenč, eč̓ił t sčkʷtnews lše hu ec čłʔemtews łuʔ smx̣eyčn, ax̣la, tats ƛ̓ekʷš.

A long time ago in the forest there was a rocky cliff, like a stomach extended, there̓s where the grizzly bear sat every day; he didn't leave.

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n̓e k̓ʷene, wic̓is t sqelixʷ ec šiyust č̓šeʔ cp̓up̓ƛ̓m, k̓ent čxʷt̓pmiys

After some time he sees a person go through there, then he would rush at him

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hoy kʷent čtqlwis, kʷent pulsc.  hu kʷent hec c̓spnunms łuʔ x̣ʷeʔit sqelixʷ

Then Grizzly Bear would chase him around and kill him.  Grizzly Bear was running out of people to eat.

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hayo!  c̓x̣ił t sewn̓eʔ c̓oyx̣eʔ  yo... hec nk̓ʷselčstmstxʷ ec ya sqelixʷ łuʔ smx̣eyčn.  hoy, nem pulstn łuʔ smx̣eyčn. 

Then Crawfish had heard about Grizzly Bear.  Oh h h, Grizzly Bear is tormenting everyone.  Crawfish thought to himself, I am going to kill that grizzly bear.

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čxʷerčstm łu c̓oy̓x̣eʔ.  čsxʷerčstm łuʔ tn hec moq̓ʷ, hec aymt --kʷen̓t čcip̓is łuʔ hec mlk̓ʷalqʷ, łuʔ tn sʔa̓tqʷłp hu łuʔ caqʷl̓š, kʷen̓t nq̓ec̓inmis

Crawfish stretched out his arms in anger.  He pinched a whole pine tree and big yellow tamarack then put them into his mouth.

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čxʷerčstm łiʔe łuʔ hec č̓ipstm.  hayo!  psap smx̣ey̓čn̓.  č̓nwistmis n č̓č̓ʔit, č̓ smx̣ey̓čn̓ hu hec tešlš.

He stretched out his other arm over the rock cliff, Grizzly Bear was amazed.  He held a tree up high and with the other arm, it swept right past Grizzly Bear. 

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iššeʔ hu heł c̓nes łiʔe čelš coyx̣e.  x̣iłnew cč̓ipntm t smx̣ey̓čn̓, łuʔ č̓łuʔ hec č̓ipntm łiʔe hec ya hec šit, hu kʷent enes.č̓ipuʔsntm hu nwisšlšstm t smx̣ey̓čn̓, hayo! 

In a little while came the hand.  Wow Grizzly Bear almost got pinched, Crawfish̓s hand kept going by Grizzly Bear, sweeping up trees, time and time again they would go by.

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iššeʔ hu heł c̓nes łiʔe čelš, č̓ip̓uʔsntm hu nwisšl̓šstm t smx̣ey̓čn̓, hayo!

After a while hear it comes, crawfish̓s hand, it pinched Grizzly Bear and lifted him up.

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hayo! pn hec nq̓eʔcinm, hu caʕcaʕcaʕ smx̣ey̓čn̓.  hu hoystm, hu cuntm, ne pƛ̓ečstmncn, kʷent ƛ̓ekʷš, č̓ lkʷukʷ hec xʷuy, mił hec c̓sp̓nustxʷ łuʔ sqelixʷ.

Crawfish lifted him high into the air, wow!  He was going to get swallowed up and he cried out.  Crawfish said, yes I will let you go for now and you must go far away, the people are almost all gone. 

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ih!  xʷt̓ip łuʔ smx̣ey̓čn̓, put č̓ hec ntʔoqʷ hu ƛ̓ip hec tu...kʷ, nte.  yo...x̣sełc̓eʔ łuʔ sqelixʷ, ƛ̓e nem heł iłn n̓e tʔe piʔstem

Wow! Off running went Grizzly Bear.  He stopped and la...id there and he thought, Oh h h but the people taste so good to eat... That̓s enough!  I must stop thinking I should eat people.

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put hu ec ntelsi, ƛ̓e heł č̓ipntm, hu xʷuystm č̓šeʔ, pn̓ qs nq̓eʔcinm, hoy caʕcaʕcaʕ, šey p̓ƛ̓ečstmntm, hoy xʷt̓ip

He was just thinking, again he was pinched then taken into Crawfishes mouth.  Then he began to cry out and he was set free and he ran.

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ha!  swet huqs cunm, hiʔe lʔe hu čn lʔe?!  nem heł iłn łuʔ sqelixʷ n̓e pistem̓.  put č̓uʔup.  šeʔ heł č̓ip̓ntm,  hoy caʕcaʕcaʕ, hu hoystm, šey hu xʷtipš.

Who̓s going to tell him this is where I am?  I will eat people again. Then he shut up and was again pinched.  He cried out and was let go again. 

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"kʷent m kʷ lkʷukʷ m kʷ xʷuy," cuntm t c̓oyx̣eʔ.  šey hu sic unexʷ hu xʷt̓ipš, xʷa čmus sntuqʷmin hu šey ƛ̓lip.  nte, "ƛ̓e hoy łuʔ hiqs ntelsi čiqs iłn łuʔ sqelixʷ, ƛ̓e hoy," hu xʷist, kʷent ax̣lmcut, kʷent tixʷcnm.

You have to leave, go far away, said Crawfish.  This time in earnest he really did run, about four ravines, and stopped.  He thought, "That's enough, I'll quit thinking I should eat people, that's enough."  He turned away and began foraging for food for himself.

   šey̓ hu np̓ƛ̓musms łuʔ ci

c̓oyx̣eʔ hu smx̣ey̓čn̓ sm̓em̓iʔ