Lost Arrow -- Part 1


1

Ne' ne haya't haksa'aa hankek ne kanhsa'we kahatak.

There was a little boy who lived all alone in a house in the forest.


2

Ne' Hu'nht' hayasn'.

His name was Lost Arrow.


3

Ne' nae te'wt sh teukwt' ne' kaini ukwny hutnt.

He was never lonely because he had a song for company.


4

Ne' n-unhtsi wai ww' n-whst huik n', akwas wai n kany.

It was a song his grandmother had given him long ago, a very beautiful song.


5

Ne' nk sh ne n':

The song went like this:


6

Thsiathne' n-akst kanta'ke ta'tisyt'.

When Grandfather Thunder walks on the mountain he takes along his stick.


7

Thsikaawi' n-u'ht huik tsikts'khw' --

When the rainbow carries the chickadee --


8

Nae tha'tewakattsni te'kakwk n katnt' ne' wai syt n-s'a.

But I do not need to sing you all of it, because you certainly remember it yourself.


9

Ne' teatuwthe'skwa' N-u'nht' ne' teunytn'.

Lost Arrow did not know how to hunt and he had no seeds for corn.


10

Ne' sh utsya' ukw' khu haskwa'.

But he lived very well on fruit, berries and acorns.


11

Ne' n-whst wawyst' n-ukw' thhkni' tetsiskni' khu.

His grandmother had also taught him how to make bread and porridge from acorns.


12

Nae te'wt ta'teutswe't' ne' kaini ne'hu wai ne kanta'ke kankek kakuwka'te' kask'ka'te' khu.

So he never went hungry, because there were oak trees and beech trees all over the mountain.


13

Skw skantati kahssat, kw he te'a huik aahsk.

On the other side of the mountain there were dogwoods, but you cannot eat dogwood berries.


14

Nae te'a kwa' ukw' hsk kk sh hsthe't wnt khu neka'ke u'k'ke khu.

You cannot even eat acorns unless you grind them up and soak them in water and ashes.


15

Ne' te'wt n ne skantati teathaaine'skwa', ne' auska'a wt ti'kwa ne tkwitekne.

Lost Arrow hardly ever went to the other side of the mountain, only once in a while in the springtime.


16

Tyaw' nae he'skwa' kahatak tusk he th'tytak.

At other times he stayed in the woods near his home.


17

Thsiakuweeskwa' N-u'nht' hatnuthak.

While Lost Arrow was gathering acorns he would sing:


18

Thsiathne' n-akst kanta'ke ta'tisyt'.

When Grandfather Thunder walks on the mountain he takes along his stick.


19

Thsikaawi' n-u'ht huik tsikts'khw' --

When the rainbow carries the chickadee --


20

Wsu' n thsiakuweeskwa' wt ti'kwa sh hukyskwa' hathe'thak hea'skskwa' k hathe'syuwaeskwa' thhknyne' k tetsisknyne'.

Most of the time he was gathering acorns. The rest of the time he was shelling them, grinding them, setting them to soak in ashes and water, or washing the flour for bread and porridge.


21

Ne' tyutkt hatnuthak thsiatyuu'taskwa' ne' te'wt sh teukwt' teutswe'tani.

He always sang while he worked, and so he was never lonely and never hungry.


22

Ne'huhtsi u'ynishe't hanke' N-u'nht'.

Lost Arrow lived this way for a long time.


23

Ne' n-n hutyatatahk.

He was getting to be a big boy.


Go On To Lost Arrow Part 2