Niwakash' 01.18


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01.18.01

Ne' ne hnkwe'we hni'tytak ne ya' te' tusk ne kwanhst.

Another native family lived on the next street.


01.18.02

Wa'ukwenyk kahatak u'kathne' ks ky' hwe thatinkek.

I could go through the woods straight over to the next street and come out at their house.


01.18.03

Ne' ne nu'y ne ha'ni khu hunt' ne ausk'a ne huik hnkwe'wesh' akwanke'.

They were the only neighbors my parents were friends with.


01.18.04

Ne' n-atinen'kn' kays ne' hatiy's khu ne kanen'kkh' yekhni.

They were Choctaw and knew Southern cooking.


01.18.05

Ne' ne thutinhst keka'ha ne unhta'sh' khu ne kakaehtht kaahkwakii't'.

I learned to eat turnip and collard greens with skillet-made cornbread at their house.


01.18.06

Shaya'tt sh hutiksa'ty' he niyu't n-'.

They just had one boy, like us.


01.18.07

Ne' ne Kenny ah' hakhtsi he nikya'tu't n-'a, ne' sh s k k niyushk.

Kenny was older than I, but not by more than three or four years.


01.18.08

Akwas huwn wihiak tstak k tekny thsiaushiya'k.

He was such a big grown-up thing, I thought, at the age of seven or eight.


01.18.09

Tea'swk huik.

He was deaf.


01.18.10

Ne' n'w u'kk ne' ne nu'y ne ha'ni khu hutth' niutwakwniyust ne Kenny hunu' hu'ni khu.

One day I heard my parents talking with Kenny's parents about religion.


01.18.11

Ne' n'k' ahs' u'kk ne' ne nu'y ne ha'ni khu hutth'.

Afterward I heard my parents talking about it.


01.18.12

Ne' tsikwas wanhtti' ne Wacokw heuneht ne'hu hunnkeht shy' ne Thsakahtas.

Soon Kenny and his family moved away to Waco to wait for Jesus to come.


01.18.13

Ne' kw he sanhkt khu' n'wti wan'wthu' ne hatny'.

But they came back long before the White people came and killed everybody there.


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