Kw'kny' Wastha'

Call of the Whippoorwill
"Ne' khu N-awnyu' hw T twasyni n-kwe he nitwaya'tu't ttsitwatyek, ne' khu thnnhtnik ne ktssh' ne knytahk wni'ty' ne' khu ne tsi't' he ute' wne's ne' khu ne kashen'sh' ne' khu ne kakwk he niytsa', ha'tewatiya'tk khu ne tewnthyuskwn's he ytsate'."
Genesis 1:26. transl. from the KJV by Maris Pierce 1835.

"His-voice-and-word-resound-in-greatness-power-goodness-and- beauty saith, Let us make people into the way our image lies shimmering, and let them continue to rule among the fish that dwell in the waters and among the bird-brothers that walk on the wind and among the docile ones and among everything in the world, all the separate things that creep about on the earth."
Genesis 1:27. transl. from Maris Pierce by Thomas McElwain 1996.

"Ne' khu N-awnyu'." S huik N-awnyu'? tyutyehtk ukwny twi' n huik N-awnyu' husyn n-kwe khu ne kakwk he niytsa'ke. Huya'tihsa' ne tsi't''sh' ne ktssh' khu ne kanyu'takwk. Huya'tatt ne utehatn ne ktakwht' khu ne ytsa'ke yutsinya'tnyk. Huynu't'he' yenhkwa'synik ne' n n-aw' n-kwe nwtiyenw'sk. Ne'hu wai ne' N-awnyu'.

"And God." Who is God? We can say now first of all that God made people and everything in the world. He created the birds, fish and animals. He formed the woods and meadows and the streams that continue to run through them on the earth. He provided the plants from which we make the medicines that continue to help us. He is God.

T' nae na'u't ne k' kt huik ne huwn' hawnyu' k yewnyu' ky' ks kays? tyutyehtk tyaw' tsitwasnye's hawnyu', ne' nae te'ne' huwnyu'. Ne' ne k' kt ne' ta'a ks yewnkhahsi' hawnyu' hauhw'. Ne' ne te'wte' ne uwn' khu ne Hawnyu'. Ne' ne uwn' te'ne' ha'kwist'. Ne' thasnye's N-awnyu'. Na'u't kt ne uwn' wy? Ne' ne kuwns, ne u'hste' khu ne ut khu ne uiwankwat. Hawnyu' kt thsnye's ne kuwns, ne u'hste' khu ne ut khu uiwankwat.

What does the word God as it is called mean? Firstly, we always say hawnyo and not hownyo'. This means that it is impossible to separate the word or voice from God Himself. The word or voice is not a thing separate from God. It is the action of God speaking. But what does the ending wy mean? It means great, strong, good, magnificent. The word God means His-voice- and-word-resound-in-greatness-power-goodness-and-beauty.

"Hw." Hekaya't hw. kwnht' ne' N-awnyu' huwn' kaysh ukist wy. Kanyu' hathha' ne' wai n sh hutnt. Kakwk nae ne ytsate' ne'hu wai n sh N-awnyu' hun'. Ne' n-ynishe't ks tnta'k ne' khu ytsatk, ne' khu n hkhkw'sk, ne' khu ks ne k' ne kw'kny' wtwnta'k. Nk wnishte' ne' nae n-utynu'kta' he tyhe'.

"He said." To put it simply, he said. We know that the voice of God is abundantly beautiful. His speech is only song. The whole world is nothing but the song of God. As long as his song (orenda) lasts, the earth will continue, the sun will always set, and the whippoorwill's voice will be heard. Today is the day of creation.

"T twasyni n-kwe he nitwaya'tu't ttsitwatyek." Ne' ne ytsakwk ne' huik N-awnyu' niaya'tu't. Ne' wai huik kaya'takat, ne' sh n-kwe niyeya'tu't. Kanyu' waatnt' N- awnyu' "T twasyni n-kwe" ktatye' utynu'kta' N-awnyu' niaya'tu't. Utynu'kta' ne ytsate' knya'kha'.

"Let us make people into the way our image lies shimmering." The universe is the image of God. At last that image had a people-shaped hole in it. When God sang "Let us make people into how our image lies," he filled the last hole in the completed image. The patchwork quilt of the earth was done.

"Ne' khu thnnhtnik." T' nae sh na'u't ne thnnhtnik ne kwe? N te'ne' kakwk n na'u't ukwny twku'. Satkthu n hyat' Genesis 1:29,30. T' nae na'u't ne thnnhtnik? Ha'kwist' hakkyatan ne tetwatnt' ne kts wntekhni'. Ne' nae hae'kwa ha'kwist' hakkyatan ne tetwatnt' ne tsi't' khu wntekhni'. Ne' nae hae'kwa ha'kwist' hakkyatan ne tetwatnt' he nikanyu'tk wntekhni'. Ta un ti haw' N-awnyu' ha'kwist' khu ne kwe wntekhnyne' ks. Ne' sh n n-thnnhtnik ne kwe. Kakwk nae sh na'u't twakhwatahkwa'ke n sh ukwny titwnhtnik. Tykwa nae kakwk nae twas'' ta'a ks titwnhtnik.

"And let them continue to rule." What is the dominion of humankind? It is absolutely not everything we can get. Look at what is written in Genesis 1:29,30. What is the rule that is described there? God provided something for our brothers the fish to eat. He also provided something for our brothers the birds to eat. He also provided something for our brothers among all the animals to eat. Then God provided something for us to eat as well. That is the only thing we have to rule over. We can rule over whatever it is we can put in our stomachs. But if we eat up everything, then we cannot continue to rule.

Satahtyus. Nae u'sak N-awnyu' hun'? Nae teyun'skwahkw ne tyw. Ne' sh tyusnye' ne kw'kny'. We kust' ne hs. Kwhe te'sak N-awnyu' hutnt. T'kw? Te'a ha'kwist nhsnk, ne' kaini ne' n-s N-awnyu' hutnt.

Listen carefully. Do you hear the song of God? A trout jumps. The whipporwill speaks. In the distance a panther cries. But you do not hear God singing. Why not? You cannot hear anything, because you youself are the song of God.


[TM:4/96]