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ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ – Indian
ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ - names
ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦ (ᎠᏲᏁᎦ / ᏲᏁᎦ) - Whiteman
ᏗᏎᏍᏗ - numbers
ᎪᎯᎩ - longtime
ᏥᎨᏒᎩ – it was
ᏌᏊᎭ – just one
-Ꭽ - (suffix indicating only, just)
ᎤᏂᎮ – they had it (solid, neutral), they told me
ᎣᏂᏃ – later, back
ᎢᏴᎢ - when
ᏂᎦᏛ – everybody, all
ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏗ - they to be counted
ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᎦᏔᎴᎢ – they had to be counted/enrolled
ᎾᏊ – now
ᎠᏎ – but
ᏱᏓᎾᏓᏁᎭ - would have to give
ᎩᎳ – before, early
ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎨᎢ – they would us a number (rptv)
ᏌᏊᎭᏃ – but just one
ᎨᏒ – it was
ᏴᏫ – person
ᏱᏚᏙᎠ – when/if he was called/named
ᎦᏰᏥᏁᏗ - worthy
ᎨᏎ – it was, they told me
ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏗ – they - to him number, enroll
ᎨᏒᎢ – (see ᎨᏒ)
ᎾᏊᏃ – now (emphasis)
ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ - they were enrolled
ᎤᏅᏒᏊ - they just went there
ᎠᏂᏩᏘᏍᎬ - they found it
ᏔᎵᏁ – the second
ᏫᎨᏒ - was there
ᏧᎾᏙᏍᏙᏗ - them to be named
ᎾᏁᎵᏍᎬᏃ - now they supposed, guessed it
ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦᏊ (ᎠᏲᏁᎦᏊ) - just this whiteman
ᎦᏪᏟᎭᏊ - he was just teasing, joking (reportive)
ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ - they said
ᎾᏍᎩ – that mentioned
ᎢᏳᏍᏗ – same, like
ᎣᎧᏜᏛ ᎠᎹ – Drywaters
ᎠᎴ – and, or
ᎤᏃᏴᎩᎦᎸᎾ – Rattlinggourds
ᏎᎷᏧᏩᏂᎨᎢ – Roastingears
ᎤᏩᏬᏛ – Nakedheads
ᎠᎹᎤᏍᎦᏎᏗ – Dreadfulwaters
ᏥᎦᎾᏙᎠ – that they were named, called
ᏌᏊ - one
ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏗ - time
ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦ - a white man
ᎤᎷᏤᎢ - he came (rprtd)
ᏚᎾᏢᏁ - he hired them
ᎤᏂᏣᏗ (ᎤᏂᏣᏘ) – a crew, many of them, a lot of them, a crowd
ᎠᎭᏂ - here
ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᏱ - for them to work there (jobs)
ᏩᏥᏂ - government
ᎤᏤᎵᎦ. – belonging to it
ᏂᎦᏛᏃ - so everyone
ᎣᎨᏅᏒᎩ - we all went
ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᏱ - for them to work there
ᎢᎬᏱ - first
ᏑᎾᎴ. - morning
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ - and that
ᎠᏂᏲᏩᏁᎦ - whiteman
ᏗᎪᏪᎵ - a book, papers
ᏕᎦᏁᎲ - he had them(it)
ᏗᏎᏍᏗ - to count, list (enroll)
ᏗᎨᎪᏪᎵ. – he wrote them
ᎣᎩᏃᎯᏎᎸ - we told him
ᎣᎦᏎᏍᏛ - we were enrolled
ᏙᏗᎪᎵᏰᎢᏏᏒᎢ - and he would write them
ᏱᏙᏥᏁᎸ - when we gave them
ᏙᎦᏙᎥᎢ. – our names
ᏧᏬᏪᎶᏗᏃ - for him to write them
ᏙᎦᏙᎥ - the names
ᏕᎦᏁᎲ - he was holding them (it)
ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. – the book
ᏚᎪᎵᏰᎠᏃ - he read them
ᎢᎬᏱ - the first
ᏗᏎᏍᏗ - number
ᏧᎳᏍᎩ - Crabgrass(?) (also means allegator and iron pot)
ᏁᏩᏓ - Grits
ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ - he told him
ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. – his name
ᏔᎵᏁᏃ - now the second (one)
ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ - he read it
ᏎᏍᏗ - the number
ᏥᎩᎵᎵ - Chickadee
ᎠᏔᎴᏒ - Augerhole
ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ - he told him
ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. – his name
ᏦᎢᏁ - the third one
ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ - he read it
ᏎᏍᏗ - the number
ᎣᎦᎾ - Groundhog
ᎠᏨᏯ - Rooster
ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ - he told him
ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. – his name
ᎤᎿᏊ - just there, it was then
ᎤᏲᎯᏍᏔᏅ - he paused, stopped.
ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦ - the white man
ᏕᎪᏪᎵᏍᎬᎢ - what he was writing
ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ and he said this
ᏄᎳ - quickly (now come on!)
ᎢᏥᏍᎦᏯ. - you men, guys, fellows
ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ - it is important
ᎾᏏ. – TBD (stuff?)
ᎯᎠ - This
ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. - work, business
ᏚᏳᎪᏛ - correct, proper, (real)
ᏗᏍᎩᎥᏏ - give me them
ᏕᎶᏙᎥᎢ - your names
ᏗᏉᏪᎶᏗᏃ - for me to write them
ᎠᎭᏂ - here
ᎪᏪᎵᎢ. - on (this) paper
Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ - I don’t want
ᏧᎦᎸᏓ - joker, mischievious
ᎢᏥᏬᏂᏏᏓᏍᏗᎢ - for you to speak again
ᎠᏴ - I
ᎨᏙᎲᎢ. – I am standing here
ᎪᎯᏗᏃ - a while (a long time)
ᎢᏳ ᎣᏂ - later
ᏙᎢ - quite, peaceful
ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ - they made it
ᏴᏫ -people
ᎩᎳ - someone
ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎾᏁᎴ - he really believed
ᏚᏳᎪᏛ - proper, correct,
ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ. - their names
ᏅᎩᏁᏃ - Now the fourth
ᏗᎪᏪᎸ - book, roll number
ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ. - he read it
Ꮭ ᏱᎦᏅᏓᏗᎠ - I don’t remember
ᎦᏅᏓᏗᎠ I remember ᎤᏙᎯᏳ - really
ᏔᏬᏗᏗᏲᎯᎯ - hawk-killer/shooter
ᏬᏱ - pidgeon
ᎠᎴ - and/or
ᏥᏍᏆᎦᏙᎬ - bird tail
ᏄᏬᏛᎾ - no fire
ᏱᎩ. – it may have been
ᎾᏍᎩᏊᎴ ᏱᎩ -and it just even may have been (now that I think of it)
Ꮎ ᎤᏛᏐᏅ - that old man
ᎠᏍᎦᏯ - man
ᏆᎾᏗᎩᏍᎩ - Peacheater

ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏲᏁᎦ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ

ᎪᎯᎩ ᏥᎨᏒᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏌᏊᎭ ᎤᏂᎮ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ. ᎣᏂᏃ ᎢᏴᎢ ᏂᎦᏛ ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏗ ᏄᎵᎦᏔᎴᎢ ᎾᏊ ᎠᏎ ᏔᎵ ᏚᎾᏙᎥ ᏱᏓᎾᏓᏁᎭ ᎩᎳ ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎨᎢ. ᏌᏊᎭᏃ ᎨᏒ ᏴᏫ ᏔᎵ ᏱᏚᏙᎠ ᎩᎳ ᎦᏰᏥᏁᏗ ᎨᏎ ᎠᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᏴᏫ ᎨᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏅᏒᏊ ᎠᏂᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᏔᎵᏁ ᏫᎨᏒ ᏧᎾᏙᏍᏙᏗ. ᎾᏁᎵᏍᎬᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦᏊ ᎦᏪᏟᎭᏊ ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏎ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎧᏲᏛ ᎠᎹ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏴᎩᎦᎸᎾ ᎠᎴ ᏎᎷᏧᏩᏂᎨᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎨᏬᏛ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎹᎤᏍᎦᏎᏗ ᏥᎦᎾᏙᎠ.

ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏗ ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦ ᎤᎷᏤᎢ ᏚᎾᏢᏁ ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᏱ ᏩᏥᏂ ᎤᏤᎵᎦ. ᏂᎦᏛᏃ ᎣᎨᏅᏒᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᏱ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏑᎾᎴ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎬ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏕᎦᏁᎲ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏗᎨᎪᏪᎵ. ᎣᎩᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᎣᎦᏎᏍᏛ ᏙᏗᎪᎵᏰᎢᏏᏒᎢ ᏱᏙᏥᏁᎸ ᏙᎦᏙᎥᎢ, ᏧᏬᏪᎶᏗᏃ ᏙᎦᏙᎥ ᏕᎦᏁᎲ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. ᏚᎪᎵᏰᎠᏃ ᎢᎬᏱ ᏗᏎᏍᏗ ᏧᎳᏍᎩ ᏁᏩᏓ ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. ᏔᎵᏁᏃ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ ᏎᏍᏗ ᏥᎩᎵᎵ ᎠᏔᎴᏒ ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. ᏦᎢᏁ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ ᏎᏍᏗ ᎣᎦᎾ ᎠᏨᏯ ᎤᏓᏃᎯᏎᎸ ᏚᏙᎥᎢ. ᎾᎿᏊ ᎤᏲᎯᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᏲᏩᏁᎦ ᏕᎪᏪᎵᏍᎬᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᏄᏪᏒᎩ -- “Ꭷ, ᏄᎳ ᎢᏥᏍᎦᏯ, ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎾᏏ, ᎯᎠ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ. ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏗᏍᎩᎥᏏ ᏕᏣᏙᎥᎢ ᏗᏉᏪᎶᏗᏃ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎪᏪᎵᎢ. Ꮭ ᏯᏆᏚᎵ ᏧᎦᎸᏓ ᎢᏥᏬᏂᏏᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎠᏴ ᎨᏙᎲᎢ.”

ᎪᎯᏗᏃ ᎢᏳ ᎣᏂ ᏙᎢ ᏄᎾᏛᏁᎸ ᏴᏫ ᎩᎳ ᎤᏙᎯᏳᎾᏁᎴ ᏚᏳᎪᏛ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ. ᏅᎩᏁᏃ ᏗᎪᏪᎸ ᎤᎪᎵᏰᎠ. Ꮭ ᏱᎦᏅᏓᏗᎠ ᎤᏙᎯᏳ ᏔᏬᏗᏗᏲᎯᎯ ᏬᏱ ᎠᎴ ᏥᏍᏆᎦᏙᎬ ᏄᏬᏛᎾ ᏱᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏊᎴ ᏱᎩ ᎾᎤᏛᏐᏅ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᏆᎾᏗᎩᏍᎩ ᏆᎾᏗᎩᏍᎩ.


Indian Names and Whiteman Numbers

In the old days the Cherokees all used to have just one name; but back when everybody had to get enrolled, they had to give two names before they were given a roll number. That was so there would be no confusion about people with the same name. Well when people went down to enroll they would pick out just anything for a second name, because they thought it was all just some sort of whiteman's joke anyway. I guess that's how the Drywaters and Rattlinggourds and Roastingears and Nakedheads and Dreadfulwaters all got their names.

One time there was a whiteman that came and hired a crew from around here to work on a government project. We all went down to work the first morning and that whiteman had a list of roll numbers and we were all supposed to give him our names, so he could write them down in his book. Well, he read out the first number and Crabgrass Gritts gave him his name. Then he read the second number and Chickadee Augerhole gave his name. Then he read the third number and Groundhog Rooster told him his name. That was when that whiteman quit writing and said, "Now come on, you fellows, this is a serious business. I've got to have your real names to put down here; and I don't want you fooling around and stringing me along like that.

Well, after a long time we got him quieted down so he believed that all those names were real names, sure enough. So then he called out the fourth roll number, and I don't remember now if it was Hawkshooter Pigeon or Birdtail Nofire that answered. Come to think of it, it might have been that old man Peacheater Peacheater.

Transcribed from "Cherokee Stories" by Watt Spade and Willard Walker, 1966
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