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The Southern Sierra Miwok Language (1964), by Sylvia M. Broadbent

8-9. Stealing Horses & Two Little Bears and Two Little Deer (Pages 176-177)


8-9. Stealing Horses & Two Little Bears and Two Little Deer (Pages 176)
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8. Stealing Horses
(Told by Castro Johnson)

(1) And here's a different one. (2) Long ago the Indians used to go to the west to get horses, to steal them. When they came back, they stole them and used to bring the horses of these Mexicans. (3) Then they were chased and tracked up these mountains. (4) Then two old men were reached by these Mexicans, who made war on them and kept on shooting at them. They shot one old man's bowstring. (5) But then he dodged around, it didn't matter that his bowstring was shot off. They kept on shouting for their comrades, yelling. (6) Then their comrades saw them from on top of the mountain. They ran down and chased them. They fought each other back and forth. (7) Then these Mexicans got scared and went west, they went home. (8) Then one man chased them, up the hill and up the hill they went. Way up on top he got to them. (9) But nobody at all got killed. (10) Then they went back, these Mexicans, to their houses there in the west. (11) But they didn't get any of the horses, they didn't take them back. (12) All of their horses were killed and made into meat. (13) So! That's all.

9. Two Little Bears and Two Little Deer
(Told by Castro Johnson)

(1) Two little bears were playing with two little deer. (2) Then, playing that way, the bears said "You go in!" (3) The little deer went in. "We'd better say 'maa-maa-maa,' and you let us out," they said. (4) "All right," said the bears. (5) Then the bear cubs went in. (6) "You'd better say 'maa-maa-maa,'" they said. (7) Then they went in, but they didn't say "maa." They died inside there of this smoke. (8) When they didn't say "maa" for a long time, [the deer] looked in [and found] both of them had died. (9) Then they took them inside and put them on their bed as if they were asleep. (10) Then their mother smelled their burning hair and came running. She couldn't find her children; she looked everywhere. (11) Then she looked in the bed. (12) When she saw them dead in the bed, she looked for the little deer. She tracked the deer, she tracked them until she found them there in the crack. (13) Then this one, their


10. Chasing Wild Horses and Mules (Pages 178)
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grandfather, "Step down, far down," he said. (14) Then she stepped down a long way, stepping as far as she could reach. When she stepped down to the bottom, he hit her with a hot rock, (15) and killed her. (16) That's all.


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