Lost Arrow -- Part 2


24

Ne' N-u'nht' hakuwees hutnt tha'kwist' khu thiunhtny' waatykwa si hu'nikh' wai ne na'u't hutntak.

One day Lost Arrow was gathering acorns and singing and not thinking about much else, when suddenly he noticed that he had forgotten the words of his song.


25

Ne' ne thutyehtahk waahsaw' ta un tayutk'tye'.

He started at the beginning, and it went even worse than before.


26

Tsauhtku' ks ne' kw he te'a ks n tnt' sh.

He tried again and again, but found he could no longer sing.


27

Kahatak wai n-ukuwtahkwa' wti'.

Lost Arrow left his acorn basket in the woods.


28

Wti' khu ne kanhsa'a, wti' unkta' khu ne un'ta' ukwy' kasynya't, wti' kaksa' unkuk' uyta' kasynya't, kakwk nae wti'. Waaawit sh ys u'ta' kasynya't.

He left his little house, his bed of hemlock twigs, his little hickory bowl and everything but his feather-weave blanket.


29

Waahtti' ne n ihsakhe'.

He went off down the mountain looking for his song.


30

Thsiathne' kwa'y' watk.

On the way he saw a rabbit.


31

Itkt ne kwa'y' N-u'nht' wa'uthsi'w' khu.

The rabbit stood on its haunches with its front feet dangling and looked at Lost Arrow.


32

Akwas thiuty N-u'nht'.

Lost Arrow was very quiet.


33

Thsiawe' wai whtti' ne kwa'y', ne'hu wa' N-u'nht' "Kwa'y'.

Just as the rabbit was about to turn away, Lost Arrow said to him "Rabbit.


34

Katnihsakhe's ne uht'."

I'm looking for my song that is lost."


35

U'he' ne kwa'y' shuthsi'w' khu. "S wa'eswi' ne na'u't kys?"

The rabbit stopped and looked at him again. "How did you know my name?" it said.


36

"Akst wai wa'khywi'" thusnye' N-u'nht'.

"My grandmother told me" said Lost Arrow.


37

"Niyu't ne satn'?" wawt' ne kwa'y'.

"What does your song look like?" asked the rabbit.


38

"Ne'hu hakst huta'tisyt, u'ht khu tsikts'khw' khu" thusnye' N-u'nht'.

"It has a grandfather with a cane in it, and a rainbow, and a chickadee" said Lost Arrow.


39

"Nae te'n-' te'a'kk'" tyusnye' ne kwa'y'.

"I haven't seen it" said the rabbit.


40

Ta une waahtti' N-u'nht' hathne'.

So Lost Arrow kept walking.


41

Ta un waanhstk.

Soon Lost Arrow saw a house.


42

Ne' huik wathaaa'ke kanhsanyt.

It was right beside the road and part of it was slung over the path.


43

Ty' he tkanhst huihkae khu.

He went up to the house and called out.


44

Sk' tsawwn'sku' ta un ty'.

Someone inside answered, so he went in.


45

Ne'hu yekhtsi ha'kwist' kusyn.

There was an old woman inside weaving.


46

Ki'sh' n ytsu'yaktha' kusyn, ne' te'aatt'.

Lost Arrow thought she was weaving fishnets, but he did not dare to ask.


47

Ne'hu kukhn ne tsu'ka' ku'wau' ne' khu ne kuhstu'.

There was a pot of raccoon meat and dumplings boiling on the fire.


48

Ne' ww' u'waaki' ta un ha'ty tsyakusyn.

Old Woman Spider gave him a bowl of soup and went back to her weaving.


49

"Aknihskhe' ne akn' ne' uht'" thusnye' N-u'nht'. "Nae sk?"

"I'm looking for my song that's lost" said Lost Arrow. "Have you seen it?"


50

"Ha'tekakt skehsnihsk khu y'" wa'k' ne tsi'y.

"You have to guess who I am first" said Old Spider Woman.


51

Tykwa nae ukwny skehsnihsk, ta un kwi' tykwa knk k h'."

"If you can tell me who I am, then I will tell you if I have seen your song."


52

"Tsist nae sys?" waatt' ne Hu'nht'.

"Are you Grasshopper?" asked Lost Arrow.


53

"Th'. Sets nae tkhte'.

"No. Go down to the river and get me some water.


54

Ta un ahs' kt ukwny tsiskehsnihsk."

Then you can guess again."


55

Ynekatahkwa' wku' ne Hu'nht' waahtti' he tkhte'.

Lost Arrow took the water basket and went down to the river.


56

nekanus wnektst hwaaawi' he tkanhst.

He filled it with water and brought it back to the house.


57

Tkhktatye' n waunhtny'.

While he was gone, he got an idea.


58

Ha'tekakt tyyaik ne yekhtsi.

The old woman must be Robin.


59

Kanyu' sy' wa' "Kyt sh na'u't sys. Tyyaik n sys."

So when he got back he said "I know who you are. You're Robin."


60

"Th'" wa'k' ne tsi'y.

"No" said Old Spider Woman.


61

"Ha'tekakt ahs' kt skehsnihsk.

"You'll have to guess again.


62

skesae'takwae' khu y'."

Go out to the garden and pick some beans for me first."


63

Ne' ne tyakutk' waunhtny'.

While Lost Arrow was picking beans he got an idea.


64

Ha'tekakt nae ne yekhtsi utsi'tanw yeys.

The old woman must be Butterfly.


65

Kanyu' wai sy' thusnye' "Kyt n na'u't sys. Utsi'tanw n sys."

So when he got back to the house he said "I know who you are. You're Butterfly."


66

"Th'" wa'k' ne tsi'y.

"No" said Old Spider Woman.


67

"Kw he tykwa skeswht' n kwi' tykwa knk k h'."

"But if you give me a wampum belt, I'll tell you if I saw your song."


68

Waahtti' ne Hu'nht' swhtihsakhe' ne kaswhta'.

So Lost Arrow went outside to look for some wampum.


69

Wk' ne kn's ne kt u'watsista' khu tauku'.

He found a sycamore tree and cut off a piece of bark.


70

Hushkw kaya'tae' niyu't un'ta' k'.

He bit a nice pattern of firtrees into it.


71

Ta un u'shakuswht' he yekhtsi.

Then he took it back to Old Spider Woman.


72

"Nta kaswhty" thusnye'.

"Here is a lovely wampum belt for you" he said.


73

Wa'thsi'w' ta'akuteht' khu.

The old woman looked at it and smelled it.


74

Ta un wa'k' "Tks wy. Ne' nk keswhtku'.

Then she said "Yes, very fine. That will do.


75

n kwi'. Te'akk ne sn'."

Now I will tell you. I haven't seen your song."


76

Ta un ne ytsu'yaktha' wa'esynk.

Then she went on with her weaving.


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