Vocabulary

ᎤᏪᏘ - old
ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ - it happened (legend)
ᏓᎦᏏ - turtle
ᎠᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ - riders
ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏘ - One time
ᏯᏂᏓ (ᎠᏂᏓ)- young (pl)
ᎠᏁᏙᎮᎢ - they were there
ᎠᏙᎯ - in the woods, forest
ᎨᏒᎢ - it was
ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎨᎢ - they were playing, I was told.
ᎤᎵᏍᏗᏃ (ᎤᏰᎶᎢᏍᏗ) - suddenly, all the sudden
ᎤᏂᎪᎮ - they saw it, I was told.
ᎤᏔᎾ - huge, enormous
ᎠᎢᏎ - s/he it was walking, I was told.
ᎤᏬᏡᏗ (ᎤᏬᎵᏗ)- funny
ᎤᏁᎵᏎ - it seemed (I was told)
ᎢᏳᏃ - if
ᏳᎾᎩᎸᏔᎾ - if they rode it.
ᏙᎯᏳᏃ - really
ᎤᎾᎩᎸᎾᏃ - and they rode it.
ᎤᏕᎵᎬ (ᏭᏕᎵᎬᎢ)- in the west
ᏫᏚᏭᎪᏔᏁᎢ - away (where) it decided (to go) (I'm told) (see: ᏕᎫᎪᏗᎭ)
ᎪᎯᏃ ᎢᏴᏓ - after a while (ᎪᎯᏓ = a long time)
ᎤᏛᏐᏅᎯ (ᎤᏛᏐᏅᎢ) - an old man
ᎦᏙᎨ - s/he was present/standing, I was told.
ᎠᎾᎢᏒᎢ - they were walking
ᎯᎠᏃ - and this
ᏂᏚᏪᏎᎢ - s/he told them, I was told.
ᎠᏣᏠᎯ - You all get off!
ᏞᏍᏗ - don't
ᎢᏣᎩᎸᏕᏍᏗ - you (several) ride it
ᏞᏍᏗ ᏰᏣᎩᎸᏕᏍᏗ - don't ride it (agilvdi) ya + its-agilvd-esdi
ᎠᏎᏃ - but, however
ᏳᎾᏠᎢᏎᎢ - they didn't get off, I was told.
ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎢ - They remarked, said (I was told)
ᎤᏬᏡᏗ (ᎤᏬᏢᏗ) - fun
ᏳᏃᎦᏛᎾᏕᎦ - if they would hang on?
ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎨᎢᏃ - and they were wanting
ᏏᏊ - again, some more
ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏒᏊ - that it would walk with them (on it)? (TBD)
ᎨᏒᎢ - it was (I'm told)
ᎤᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ - them to get off of it
ᎢᏣᏠᎯ - you all get off of it
ᎾᏊ - now then, well now
ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏃ - But the boys
ᎯᎠ - this
ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎢ - they remarked (I'm told)
ᏂᎦᎥ - every
ᎪᎱᏍᏗ - thing
ᎣᏏᏊ - all right, fine
ᎨᏎᏍᏗ - it is/will be
ᎾᏍᏊ - now that
ᏓᎦᏏ - turtle
ᎠᎺᏉᎯ - towards the big lake/sea
ᏱᏭᎷᏣ - there to arrive/went towards
ᏲᏣᎵᏔᏚᎦ - they would jump off
ᎠᏏ - again
ᏫᏄᎷᏨᎾᏊ - when it arrived, reached
ᎠᎺᏉᏂ – at the sea/lake
ᏙᏳᏃ - really
ᏂᎬᏩᎾᎩᎴᏊᏃ - and so since they were on it
ᎤᏕᎵᎬ - west
ᏗᏜ - towards
ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏗᏜ westwards, to the west
ᎤᏛᏐᏅ - old man
ᎯᏃ - this, them
ᏓᏍᏓᏩᏗᏎ - them he followed (I'm told) (asdawadisv)
ᎣᏂ - behind, after (also:last)

ᏓᎦᏏᏃ - but the turtle
ᎠᎺᏉ - lake/sea
ᏭᎷᏤ - arrived there (I'm told) (wi+ulutse)
ᎠᏂᏧᏣ - the boys
ᎤᎾᎵᏔᏗᏅᏗ - they to jump (see: ᏓᎵᏔᏕᎦ)
ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏁᎢ – they decided (digugotodi, duwugotanv)
ᎠᏎᏃ – but
ᎤᏂᏄᎸᏁᎢ – they failed, they were unable
ᏧᎾᏔᏍᏕᏂ – their feet
ᏚᏩᎭᏙᏎᎢ – it (the turtle) embedded them (their feet)
ᏓᎦᏏᎢ – on the turtle
ᏚᏂᎾᏫᏛᎮᏃ – it carried them off (ᎦᎾᏫᏗᎭ)
ᎠᎺᏉ – big water/lake/sea
ᎭᏫᏂ. – into
ᏚᎪᎭᏃ –he saw them (ᎠᎪᏩᏘᎭ)
ᎤᏛᎮᏃ – the old man
ᎠᎦᏔᎿᎢ – wise/knowledgeable
ᎤᏟᏍᏗᏳ – quickly
ᎠᎹᏳᎶᏗ (ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ) – shore, bank, beach
ᏭᎷᏤᎢ – arriving there, went there
ᎠᎴ – and
ᎤᏬᏢᏁ – he made
ᎤᏅᏬᏘ – medicine (nvwoti)
ᎤᏅᏬᏘᏃ – and that medicine
ᎢᎧᏲᏔᏁᎢᏃ – it dried it up (rep)
ᎠᎺᏉᎯ – the lake (big water place)
ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏃ – and the boys
ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎮᎢ (ᎠᏍᏕᎵᎭ) –he rescued (helped) them (I'm told)

ᎤᏪᏘ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᏓᎦᏏ ᎠᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ

Turtle Riders

ᏌᏊ ᎢᏳᏩᎫᏘ ᏅᎩ ᏯᏂᏓ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᎠᏁᏙᎮᎢ ᎠᏙᎯ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᎲᏍᎨᎢ. ᎤᎵᏍᏗᏃ ᎤᏂᎪᎮ ᎤᏔᎾ ᏓᎦᏏ ᎠᎢᏎ. ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏃ ᎤᏬᏡᏗ ᎤᏁᎵᏎ ᎢᏳᏃ ᏳᎾᎩᎸᏔᎾ ᏓᎦᏏ. ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎤᎾᎩᎸᎾᏃ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏫᏚᏭᎪᏔᏁᎢ.

ᎪᎯᏃ ᎢᏴᏓ ᎤᏛᏐᏅᎯ ᎦᏙᎨ ᎠᎾᎢᏒᎢ ᎯᎠᏃ ᏂᏚᏪᏎᎢ ᎠᏣᏠᎯ. ᏞᏍᏗ ᏰᏣᎩᎸᏕᏍᏗ ᏓᎦᏏ ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᏳᎾᏠᎢᏎᎢ. ᎯᎠ ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎢ ᎤᏬᏡᏗ ᏳᏃᎦᏛᎾᏕᎦ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎨᎢᏃ ᏏᏊ ᏂᎦᏯᎢᏒᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎤᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎢᏣᏠᎯ ᎾᏊ. ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏃ ᎯᎠ ᏄᏂᏪᏎᎢ ᏂᎦᎥ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎣᏏᏊ ᎨᏎᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᎦᏏ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ ᏱᏭᎷᏣ ᏲᏣᎵᏔᏚᎦ ᎠᏏ ᏫᏄᎷᏨᎾᏊ ᎠᎺᏉᏂ. ᏙᏳᏃ ᏂᎬᏩᎾᎩᎴᏊᏃ ᎤᏕᎵᎬ ᏗᏜ ᎤᏛᏐᏅ ᎯᏃ ᏓᏍᏓᏩᏗᏎ ᎣᏂ.

ᏓᎦᏏᏃ ᎠᎺᏉ ᏭᎷᏤ ᎠᏂᏧᏣ ᎤᎾᎵᏔᏗᏅᏗ ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏁᎢ. ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏂᏄᎸᏁᎢ. ᏧᎾᏔᏍᏕᏂ ᏚᏩᎭᏙᏎᎢ ᏓᎦᏏᎢ ᏚᏂᎾᏫᏛᎮᏃ ᎠᎺᏉ ᎭᏫᏂ. ᏚᎪᎭᏃ ᎤᏛᎮᏃ ᎠᎦᏔᎿᎢ ᎤᏟᏍᏗᏳ ᎠᎹᏳᎶᏗ ᏭᎷᏤᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏬᏢᏁ ᎤᏬᏘ ᎤᏬᏘᏃ ᎢᎧᏲᏔ ᏁᎢᏃ ᎠᎺᏉᎯ ᎠᏂᏧᏣᏃ ᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᎮᎢ.


The Parable Of The Turtle Riders

One time there were four boys who were out in the woods playing. All of a sudden they saw an enormous turtle go by. The boys thought it would be fun to get on that turtle and go for a ride, so they all jumped on and went riding.

After a while they came to an old man and he told them to get off, that they shouldn't be riding that turtle like that. They didn't get off though. They said they were having a lot of fun and that they wanted to ride that turtle some more. The old man begged and pleaded with them to get off. He said that the turtle was headed for the sea and that they should get off right away; but the boys, said everything would be all right, that if the turtle went into the sea, they would jump off in plenty of time. So they rode along to the west and the old man followed along behind.

When the turtle came to the sea the boys decided to jump off, but they couldn't. Their feet had got stuck to the turtle and they were carried down into the seas. When he saw that, the old man hurried down to the seashore and made some medicine. That medicine dried up the sea, so the boys were saved.

Story by Rev. Watt Spade and Willard Walker taken from "Cherokee Stories" published by the Carnegie Corporation through the University of Chicago in 1966

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