Vocabulary

ᎡᏘᏴᏃ - a long time ago
ᏥᎨᏎᎢ - it was
ᎡᎮᎢ - she lived
ᎠᎦᏴᎵᎨᎢ - old woman
ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ - Spear Finger
ᏚᏙᎡᎢ - her names were
ᎤᏓᎴᏃ - she had different
ᎤᏓᎾᏖᏗ - mind (for her to think)
ᏅᎩ ᎢᏯᏂ - four of them
ᎠᏂᏃᎵᏙ - hunters
ᏧᎾᏓᎵᎢ - their wives
ᏚᎾᏘᏅᏎᎢ - they took them along
ᏐᏊᎢᏴ - one at a time
ᏏᏴᏫᎭ - a person
ᏥᏩᏯᏂᏍᎨᎢ - she would call to them
ᎨᎾ - come here!
ᏎᎦ - a little while ᏘᎾ - louse/ lice
ᏗᎬᎢᏏ - let me kill them
ᎨᏍᏗᏃ - but not
ᎭᏩ - really
ᏱᏓᎯᎮᎢ - she wasn't killing them
ᏍᎩᏉᏃ - that
ᎠᎨᏯ - woman
ᎠᏥᎯᎮᎢ - she was killing
ᎢᏳᏍᏗᎭ - like
ᏳᎾᎾᎩᏌ - when they would start out
ᏐᏊ - one
ᎠᏂᎪᎶᏍᎨᎢ - they had lost her
ᎤᎾᏕᏯᏔᏁᎴᎢ - they became antagonized
ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ - men
ᎠᎪᎶᏍᎬᎢ - she would be lost
ᏦᎢᏯᏂ - three of them
ᏚᎴᎢ - she killed Ꮓ -
ᎤᎵᏍᏆᎵᏗ - finally
ᏅᎩᏁ - fourth
ᎨᏒᎢ - it was
ᎤᏂᏒᏛᏁᎢ - they trapped her
ᎧᎶᏇᏗ - guns
ᎬᏗ - with, from, using
ᏓᏥᏍᏕᏲᎯᎮᎢ - they shot at her
ᏙᏌ - gnat(s)
ᎤᏂᏣᏔ - lots of them
ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ - she was saying
ᎦᎾ - bullets
ᎬᏮᏂᎮᎢ - she was being hit by them
ᎾᏃ - then
ᎤᎾᏖᏍᏔᎾ - she was startled by them
ᎤᏂᏂᏴᎮᎢ - she was caught by them
ᎤᏂᏂᏴᎭᏃ - when they caught her
ᎤᎾᎸᎴᎢ - they tied her up
ᎤᎾᏍᎪᏎᎢ - they dug
ᎦᏙᎯ - ground
ᎠᎦᎪᎲᏍᏙᏗ - for them to burn her
ᎧᎶᏇᏗ - yellow locust
ᎬᏗ - from, using
ᏄᏅᏁᎴᎢ - they made
ᎦᎭᏗ - wedge Cf. ᎠᎭᏔᏍᎦ aha:tahsga he is hammering it in
ᏃᎴ - and
ᏍᏆᎸᏂᏍᏗ - maul (cf. tsisgwalv-niha I hit it on the head with a long and rigid object.)
ᎣᎿ - behind, rear
ᎤᎵᏔᎳᎧᏒᎢ - which was open
ᏧᏂᎭᏔᏁᎢ - they drove it in
ᎧᎶᏇᏗ - yellow locust
ᎠᏲᎸᏅᎯ - carving
ᏚᎵᎬᎩᏎᎢ - they (the sides of the armor) ripped
ᏅᏱ - rock
ᎤᏅᏮᎢ - armor
ᎤᎧᏲᏓ - dry
ᎠᏓ - wood
ᎭᏫᏂ - inside
ᏚᏂᎵᏕᎢ - they put them in
ᎤᏂᎸᏁᎢ - they put her in
ᏧᏛᏁᎢ - she said
ᎢᏣᏙᎴᏆᏍᎨᏍᏗ - you (pl.) should be learning
ᏗᏓᏅᏬ - doctoring
ᏅᏬᏗ - medicine
ᎢᏥᏍᏗᏳ - your (pl.) place to look
ᏓᏨᏰᏲᏂ - I will teach you (pl.)
ᎤᏂᏥᏍᏓᎳᏁᎢ - they ignited it
ᎣᏍᏓ - good
ᎤᏙᏪᎳᎨᎢ - it was burning
ᎠᎪᎲᏍᎬᎢ - as it burned
ᏧᏔᏍᎩᏎᎢ - it popped
ᏥᎦᏒᎳᏍᎪ - whistle
ᎢᏳᏍᏗ - like
ᏥᏄᎵᏍᎳᏁᎢ - it made
ᏍᎩᏃᎢᏴ - (at) that time, thats when
ᎢᏗᎦᏪᏍᏗ - formulas
ᏗᏓᏅᏬ - doctoring
ᏥᏚᏪᏲᏁᎢ - she taught

ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ

ᎡᏘᏴᏃ ᏥᎨᏎᎢ ᎡᎮᎢ ᎠᎦᏴᎵᎨᎢ ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ ᏚᏙᎡᎢ. ᎤᏓᎴᏃ ᎤᏓᎾᏖᏗ ᏥᎨᏎᎢ. ᏅᎩ ᎢᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᏃᎵᏙ ᏧᎾᏓᎵᎢ ᏚᎾᏘᏅᏎᎢ. ᏐᏊᎢᏴ ᏏᏴᏫᎭ ᏥᏩᏯᏂᏍᎨᎢ "ᎨᎾ ᏎᎦ ᏘᎾ ᏗᎬᎢᏏ." ᎨᏍᏗᏃ ᎭᏩ ᏘᎾ ᏱᏓᎯᎮᎢ.
ᏍᎩᏉᏃ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎠᏥᎯᎮᎢ. ᎢᏳᏍᏗᎭ ᏳᎾᎾᎩᏌ ᏐᏊ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎠᏂᎪᎶᏍᎨᎢ.
ᎤᎾᏕᏯᏔᏁᎴᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᏐᏊ ᎠᎪᎶᏍᎬᎢ. ᏦᎢᏯᏂ ᏚᎴᎢ ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ. Ꮓ ᎤᎵᏍᏆᎵᏗ ᏅᎩᏁ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎤᏂᏒᏛᏁᎢ ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ ᎧᎶᏇᏗ ᎬᏗ ᏓᏥᏍᏕᏲᎯᎮᎢ.
"ᏙᏌ ᎤᏂᏣᏔ" ᎠᏗᏍᎨᎢ ᎦᎾ ᎬᏮᏂᎮᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᎤᎾᏖᏍᏔᎾ ᎤᏂᏂᏴᎮᎢ. ᎤᏂᏂᏴᎭᏃ ᎤᎾᎸᎴᎢ. Ꮓ ᎤᎾᏍᎪᏎᎢ ᎦᏙᎯ ᎠᎦᎪᎲᏍᏙᏗ ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ. ᎧᎶᏇᏗ ᎬᏗ ᏄᏅᏁᎴᎢ ᎦᎭᏗ ᏃᎴ ᏍᏆᎸᏂᏍᏗ.
ᎣᎿ ᎤᎵᏔᎳᎧᏒᎢ ᏧᏂᎭᏔᏁᎢ ᎧᎶᏇᏗ ᎠᏲᎸᏅᎯ. ᏚᎵᎬᎩᏎᎢ ᏅᏱ ᎤᏅᏮᎢ. Ꮓ ᎤᎧᏲᏓ ᎠᏓ ᎭᏫᏂ ᏚᏂᎵᏕᎢ. ᏍᎩᏃ ᏴᎩ ᎤᏩᏑᎦᎵ ᎤᏂᎸᏁᎢ. Ꮓ ᏧᏛᏁᎢ ᎢᏣᏙᎴᏆᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏗᏓᏅᏬ ᏅᏬᏗ ᎢᏥᏍᏗᏳ ᏓᏨᏰᏲᏂ ᎤᏂᏥᏍᏓᎳᏁᎢ.
ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏙᏪᎳᎨᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᎠᎪᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏔᏍᎩᏎᎢ ᏥᎦᏒᎳᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᏄᎵᏍᎳᏁᎢ. ᏍᎩᏃᎢᏴ ᎢᏗᎦᏪᏍᏗ ᏗᏓᏅᏬ ᏥᏚᏪᏲᏁᎢ.

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Spear Finger

Spear Finger

Long ago lived an old woman named Spear Finger. She had a different mind (from other people). (Once) four hunters took their wives (hunting) with them. One at a time, she called to them, "Come here a while, let me kill the lice (on our head)." For sure, she was not killing lice!
Actually, a woman was being killed. All the same, whenever they started out, they had lost a woman. The men became antagonized (as their number) became one less. (In time) Spear Finger killed three of them. Then, finally, with the fourth woman they trapped Spear Finger.
They fired upon her with guns. "Lots of gnats", she was saying as she was being hit by the bullets. Then she was startled and they caught her. When they caught he they tied her up. They made wedge and a maul from locust.
They drove the locust carving into her rear opening. The rock armor was ripped. Then they put dry wood inside (a hole they had dug). Then they put Spear Finger in. Then, when they ignited it, she said, "You should be learning doctoring medicine; I am going to teach you where to look". It was burning good. Then, as it burned, it popped and made a whistling-like sound. With this she taught them the formulas for doctoring.


Story from Duane King's dissertation "A Grammar and Dictionary of the Cherokee Language"
Transcription to Syllabary by TommyLee Whitlock
Spear Finger  picture - with gratitude to the artist, Roy Boney, for permission. ᏩᏙ!

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