Vocabulary

ᎠᏂᏃᎭᎵᏙᎮ - they were hunting, I was told.
ᎠᏫ - deer
ᏚᏂᏲᎮ - they were looking for them, I was told.
ᎦᎶᏇ - a gun
ᎦᏁᎮ - he had it, I was told
ᏐᎢᏅ (ᏐᎢᏃ) - and the other
ᎾᏅ - and that [one who]
ᎦᏁᎯ - he who had it
ᎤᏢᏈᏌᏘ - he to brag
ᎨᏎ - was, I was told
ᎪᎱᏍᏗ - something
ᏳᏛᏁᎳ - when he did it
ᎠᏢᏈᏍᎨ - he bragged, I was told
ᎠᎾᎢᏒᏅ (ᎠᎾᎢᏒᏃ)- they were walking and
ᏭᏂᎪᎮ - they saw it [over there], I was told
ᏙᏧᏩᎢᏢ - [in] the bushes
ᎾᏅ - and the/that
ᎩᎳᏊ - immediately
ᎢᏴᏓ - at once, one time
ᏫᏚᏍᏓᏲᏞ - he shot it [over there], I was told
ᎣᏍᏓᏊ - good and
ᏄᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᎾ - [he] without looking
ᎢᏳᏍᏗ - that which, what, like
ᏓᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲ - he was shooting it
ᎤᏙᎯᏳᏅ (ᎤᏙᎯᏳᏃ) - and surely, and truly
ᏭᏲᏞ - he shot it [over there], I was told
ᎤᏂᎪᎮ - they saw it, I was told
ᎦᏅᎬ - it fell, it was falling
ᏂᎦᏁᎲᎾ - [he] not having it
ᎡᏂᏲᎠ - we [two] shot it
ᎤᏛᏁ - he said, I was told
ᏥᏲᎡᎦ - "I" shot it
ᎠᏢᏈᏍᎬ - [he] bragging
ᎤᎾᏁᎷᎩᏎ - they raced, I was told
ᏗᏜ - toward
ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏅ (ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏃ)- and closer (ᎾᎥ - close)
ᏭᏂᎷᏣ - [when] they arrived [there]
ᏐᏈᎵ - a horse
ᎦᏅ - [it] lying down
ᏐᏈᎵᎴ - ᏐᏈᎵ
ᎢᎾᏓᎯᏏ - we [two] killed it
ᎤᏲᏢ - he shot it, I was told
ᎭᏓᎯᏎᎦ - "you" shot it
ᎠᎪᏎᎴ - he told him, I was told

ᏣᎳᎩ ᎧᏃᎮᎸ

ᎠᏂᏔᎵ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎭᎵᏙᎮ, ᎠᏫ ᏚᏂᏲᎮ. ᏌᏊᏃ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎦᎶᏇ ᎦᏁᎮ ᏐᎢᏅ Ꮭ. ᎾᏅ ᎦᎶᏇ ᎦᏁᎯ ᎤᏢᏈᏌᏘ ᎨᏎ, ᎠᎴ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏛᏁᎳ ᎠᏢᏈᏍᎨ. ᎠᎾᎢᏒᏅ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏭᏂᎪᎮ ᏙᏧᏩᎢᏢ, ᎾᏅ ᎦᎶᏇ ᎦᏁᎯ ᎩᎳᏊ ᎢᏴᏓ ᏫᏚᏍᏓᏲᏞ ᎣᏍᏓᏊ ᏄᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᏓᏍᏓᏲᎯᎲ. ᎤᏙᎯᏳᏅ ᏭᏲᏞ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎪᎮ ᎦᏅᎬ.

ᎾᏅ ᎦᎶᏇ ᏂᎦᏁᎲᎾ "ᎠᏫ ᎡᏂᏲᎠ!" ᎤᏛᏁ. "ᏥᏲᎡᎦ" ᎤᏛᏁ Ꮎ ᎦᎶᏇ ᎦᏁᎯ, ᎠᏢᏈᏍᎬ.

ᎤᎾᏁᎷᎩᏎ ᏙᏧᏩᎢᏢ ᏗᏜ, ᎾᎥᏂᎨᏅ ᏭᏂᎷᏣ ᎤᏂᎪᎮ ᏐᏈᎵ ᎦᏅ. "ᏐᏈᎵᎴ ᎢᎾᏓᎯᏏ" ᎤᏛᏁ Ꮎ ᎤᏲᏢ. "ᎭᏓᎯᏎᎦ" ᎠᎪᏎᎴ.


A Cherokee Story

Two men were hunting, looking for deer. One of the men had a gun and the other one didn't. The one with the gun was a braggart and when he did something he bragged about it. Walking along, they saw something moving around in the bushes, and the man with the gun shot at once toward the bushes without paying attention to what he was shooting at. And sure enough, he shot it and they saw it fall to the ground.

The one without the gun said "we shot a deer." "I shot it" said the one with the gun, bragging.

They raced toward the bushes and when they got closer they saw a horse lying there. "We killed someone's horse" said the one who shot it. "You killed it" he was told.

Transcribed from Cherokee-English Dictionary, D. Feeling; PP 354-355
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