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04 Apr

Story #1 Translation.

A coyote saw a woman. He wanted to trick her. He hid under cover. But the woman heard him. She growled like a bear. The coyote ran away.

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Koo’ohwuu nih-noohob-ei-t hisei.
A coyote (OBV) saw a woman.
(The -ei- suffix indicates obviative coyote acting on proximate woman)
Nih-beet-nehton-ei-t.
[The coyote] wanted to trick her.
Nih-kotousine-ni3.
[The coyote] hid under cover.
‘Oh nehe’ hisei nihniiton-oo-t.
But the woman heard him.
(The -oo- suffix indicates proximate woman acting on obviative coyote)
Nih-niitouuhu-t wootii wox.
She growled like a bear.
Nuhu’ nih-tokohu-ni3.
This coyote fled.

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Story #2 Translation

A man saw a coyote. The coyote was injured. The man helped the coyote. He gave the coyote food. He gave [the coyote] water. “Thank you” the coyote said to him. “I will give you power.” He gave the man power. In exchange, he helped the man.

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Hinen nih-noohow-oo-t koo’ohwuu.
A man saw a coyote (obv).

Nuhu’ koo’ohwuu nih-‘esiinii-ni3.
The coyote (obv) was injured.

Nehe’ hinen nih-niiteheiw-oo-t.
The man helped [the coyote]

Nih-biin-oo-t bii3wo.
[The man] gave [the coyote] food.

Nih-biin-oo-t nec.
[The man] gave [the coyote] water.

“Hohou” nih-‘ei’towuun-ei-t nuhu’ koo’ohwuu.
“Thank you” the coyote (obv) said to [the man].

“Heet-biin-e3en no’oteihiit.”
“I will give you power.”

Nih-biin-ei-t no’oteihiit.
[The coyote] gave [the man] power.

Hooxohoeniihi’ nih-niiteheib-ei-t nehe’ hinen.
In exchange, [the coyote] helped the man.

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