Kutenai Tales/2

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2. Coyote and Locust[1]

Coyote went along. He saw Locust. He said to him: "Give me your shirt. If you give it to me, you will be my younger brother.

I shall carry you." He said to him: "Don't, we shall be brothers." Coyote started. He carried Locust. The two went. He saw Grizzly Bear coming. Locust said: "Put me off." He was put off. There was a cliff, on the edge of which he staid. (Grizzly Bear Woman) arrived, and (Locust) scared her, and (Grizzly Bear) fell down. Coyote went back. He went around. He reached the place where Grizzly Bear lay. He ate her. He took her out of the fire. He took the meat and the fat. He ate. He tied it up. Coyote started. He carried Locust. He went along. He saw Grizzly Bear (Man) coming. Locust said: "Put me off." Coyote said: "It is my turn. Let me scare him." (Grizzly Bear) arrived. Coyote became a stump. Grizzly Bear arrived. He said: "Let me bite him." He saw it was Coyote. Coyote said: "I am Coyote. Let us start." He knew where Locust was. Coyote said to Grizzly Bear: "Will you eat grease?" Grizzly Bear said: "Yes, I'll eat it." Coyote untied

what he was carrying. He gave it to him. (Grizzly Bear) saw it. Grizzly Bear said: "Did you not see an old woman? She must have passed here." Coyote said that he had not seen anything. Coyote said: "It is Beaver, therefore it is fat." Grizzly Bear said: "It is not Beaver." Coyote said: "You ought to have said, 'It is the old woman.' " Coyote started to run. Coyote was going along. (Grizzly Bear) pursued him. Grizzly Bear thought : "First let me bite the little one." Grizzly Bear thought he was on the right trail. "Later on, after I have bitten him, I will bite (this one)." Grizzly Bear started. He pursued Coyote. Coyote went along. He was tired. He chased him around the tree. He fell down and thrust his hand into a (buffalo) horn. Coyote pursued Grizzly Bear. He overtook him. He struck him. Coyote turned back.


2. Coyote and Locust

Qa.na´x̣e. skι´n.ku.ts. nʼu´px̣ane. aaʻkuk.łako´wumʼs. qakι´łne.
He went along Coyote. He saw Locust. He said
to him:
hamatι´ktsu aaʻqa.twumła´atinis. hιna`matι´ktsa.p hιntsx̣ałʼι´n.e.
"Give me your shirt. If you give it to me you will be

ka´tsa.. a`tutsx̣ałx̣onι´sine.. qak.ła'pse. maats huts!ιn.ała´ane.
my younger
brother.
I shall carry you." He said to him: "Don't! we shall be
tsa´aatιmo. ts!ιna´x̣e. skι´n.ku.ts. nałx̣o´une. aaʻkuk.łako´wumʼs.
brothers." He started Coyote. He carried the Locust.
qa.nakι´kine.. nʼu´px̣ane. k.ła´włas ska´se.. qake´ine. aaʻkuk.łako´wum
The two went. He saw Grizzly Bear coming. He said Locust:
pιsx̣o´unu. pιsx̣o´łne. sιn.υmu´k!se. ι´nta.s. qaosaqa´ane.. wa´x̣e..
"Put me off!" He was put off where was a cliff, at edge. There he staid. He arrived.
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naq!max̣o´une.ts wa`t!mιta.ktse´ite.. ła.qanx̣a´x̣e. skι´n.ku.ts.
He scared her and made her fall down. He went back Coyote.
qakx̣ałaka`me.nqa.´tse.. qaox̣a´x̣e. qa.kqa´pse. k.ła´włas. ι´kine..
He went around. He reached where lay Grizzly Bear. He ate it.
ła.upkak!o´une.. tsukua´te. aaʻku´laaks aaʻq!u´taałs. ι´kine..
He took it out of fire. He took meat fat. He ate.
ιtuk!sa´ane.. ts!ιna´x̣e. skι´n.ku.ts. nałx̣o´une. aaʻkuk.łako´wumʼs.
He fried it. He started Coyote. He carried the Locust.
qa.na´x̣e.. nʼu´px̣ane. ska´se.. k.ła´włas qake´ine. aaʻkuk.łako´wum
He went along. He saw coming Grizzly Bear. He said Locust:
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pιsx̣o´unu. qake´ine. skι´n.ku.ts ła.ts ka´min huts!ι`sιnl-
"Put me off." He said Coyote: "In turn I I myself shall
haq!max̣o´une.. qaoι´a´x̣e. skι´n.ku.ts ιnqa´pte.k aaʻqułu´k!pko
scare him." He arrived Coyote. He became a stump.
qawaka´x̣e. k.ła´wła. qake´ine. hułʼι´t!ι´a. nʼu´px̣ane.
He arrived Grizzly Bear. He said: "Let me bite
him."
He saw
ι´nse. skι´n.ku.ts qake´ine. skι´n.ku.ts hunʼι´n.e. skι´n.ku.ts
it was Coyote. He said Coyote: "I am Coyote.
hułts!ιnax̣a´ala. nʼu´px̣ane. sa.usaqa´pse. aaʻkuk.łako´wumʼs. qa-
Let us start." He knew where was Locust. He said
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kι´łne. k.ła´wła.s skι´n.ku.ts kιntsx̣a´łʼe.k aaʻq!u´tał. qake´ine.
to him to Grizzly
Bear
Coyote: "Will you eat grease?" He said
k.ła´wła he. hutsx̣ałʼι´kine.. nʼaqte´ite. ka´łx̣o. skι´n.ku.ts
Grizzly
Bear:
"Yes, I will eat it." He untied what
carried
Coyote.

namatιʹktse·.
He gave it to him.
tseᵢkaʹte·.
He saw it.
qakeʹᵢne·
He said
k.łaʹwła
Grizzly Bear:
kιnqa.upx̣aʹke·ł
"Did you not see
tιʹłna
an old woman?
nas
Here
qa‵kiłqahaʹx̣e·.
she must have passed."
qakeʹᵢne·
He said
skιʹn·ku·ts
Coyote
łu·ʹne·
nothing
ła·tseᵢkaʹte·.
he saw.
qakeʹᵢne·
He said
skιʹn·ku·ts
Coyote:
nʼιʹn·e·
"It is
sιʹn·a
beaver,
słaqałsιʹkᵢne·.
therefore it is fat."
qakeʹᵢne·
He said
k.łaʹwła
Grizzly Bear:
qa.ιʹn·e·
"It is not

s^'n'a. qake'ine* sk^'n'ku'ts xmanqake'iuo* n'^'n'e* t^'hia. no'tsmqku- beaver." He said Coyote: " Ought you to have *Itis old He started said, woman.' " pek^'me'k sk^'n'ku'ts. qana'xe* sk^'n'ku'ts. mdiyaxna'pse*. qalwi'yne* 5 to run Coyote. He went along Coyote. He pursued him. He thought k.laVla hu'paaks hulsr^'tlxa na ktsaqu'na. qalwi'yne* k.la'wla Grizzly Bear: "First let me bite this little one." He thought Grizzly Bear ksu^kqanm^'te'k. ta^xta hunul'^t!xa'mi*l kutsxal'^'t !xa. tslma'xe* jL • • • • • he was on right trail. "Later on after I have bitten him I'll bite him." He started k-la'wla. m^tya'Xane* sk/n*ku*ts qa*na'3:e* sk^'n'ku'ts. nuk"lu'kune Grizzly Bear. He pursued Coyote. He went along Coyote. He was tired. aa*k^ts Ila'cns na^kammla^tnota'psc. qanaxu'no* qanaq!aleiXo*'me*k A tree he chased him around it. He fell down; he thrust his hand into aa*ku'qlos. mdiya'Xane* sk^'n'ku'ts k.laVlas. laxanxo'uHe*. jq a horn. He pursued Coyote (subj.) Grizzly Bear (obj.). He overtook him. qanla'lte*. la*luq"alqa'tse* sk^'n'ku'ts. He struck him. He turned back Coyote.

  1. See No. 57, p. 140.