Hocąk Text — Battle of the Night Blessed Men and the Medicine Rite Men

narrated by Jasper Blowsnake


Jasper Blowsnake

English Translation


 

p. 193 —
e A Ko se d w o ne de. m K ni s.
E hagorežą wa'úneže. Mąkąnira
[They] once [they were the ones who did it.] The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

A Ae xo s w Ki w rA Ai se de. Ki di A Ko se d
Hąhexora wakiwasą hireže. Giži hagorežą
the Night Blessed jealous they were. And one day

 


 

w o ne de. m K ni s. A Ae xo ls. wi dK tti o
wa'úneže. Mąkąnira Hąhexopra wišgaji'ų
[they were the ones who did it.] The Medicine [Rite] men the Night blessed to play tricks

 


 

w Ki do. o ne Ktt ayi se de. m K ni s wyi se de.
wakižu 'ųnekja, aireže. Mąkąnira waireže.
with they would do, they said. The Medicine [Rite] men they said [it].

 


 

A Ae xo ls o ne n. a Kow Ki n Ki se n. m K ni s.
Hąhexopra 'ųneną. Aguwakinąkireną. Mąkąnira
The Night blessed men they were willing. They sat opposite. The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

p. 194 —
wi dK tti o ne n. e Ki so dtt ne s. Ai dK K o ne n.
wišgaji'ųneną. Égi rušjanera hišgaga 'ųneną,
they played tricks. And they got through [in turn] [they did,]

 


 

A Ae xo s w o ne n A Ae xo ls e Ao s ttAe s
Hąhexora wa'ųneną. Hąhexopra e horacera
the Night blessed ones they did it. The Night blessed [they] more

 


 

w o n m K ni s. w n ne n e rKe. m K ni s.
wa'ųną. Mąkąnira wanąneną. Ésge Mąkąnira
they did it. The Medicine [Rite] men they were defeated. So The Medicine [Rite] men

 


 

w n Ke we n. w dA Kiwi Ko tti se Ki dKe A Ke tee
wanąkeweną, wašagwigujiregi, ške hąké t'e
they feared them, because they shot them with claws, but not to kill

 


 

p. 195 —
w Ai so xAo so Ki s ni Ki e rKe w n K w se de. e Ki m K ni n K
wahiruxurugiranįgi, ésge wanąkawareže. Égi Mąkąninąka
they could not do it, therefore they were afraid of them. And the Medicine Rite men

 


 

Ao tee Ai s tt rKe w Ki Ki n i o ne Ki
hot'ehira jasgé wagigi ną'į 'ųnegi,
they could kill [how] [they made it] to wish [as they did,]

*jasgé wagigi ną'į 'ųnegi, is an idiom translated, "any way they wished".

 


 

e rKe m K ni s wo so tti rs Ai lAe se ri se n de n K n
ésge Mąkąnira worujisra hiperezireną. Ženąganą.
so the Medicine Rite men to be inferior [they were known]. This is all.

 


Source:

Jasper Blowsnake, "Hicjaxíri Waci", in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, n. d.) Notebook 23: 192-195. A phonetic text only is found in Paul Radin, Winnebago Notebooks (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, n. d.) Notebook 69: 36 (s 469)-37.