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

7. ?ywel•in (Pages 172-175)

[Editor’s note: ?ywel•in is the man-eating giant—dea.]


7. ?ywel•in (Pages 172)
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7. ?ywel•in
(Told by Castro Johnson)

(1) And now we are telling a different story; this girl is sitting listening. (2) Long ago, this ?ywel•in was finishing off the people. He carried them off all the time, he used to kill them all and finish them off. (3) Then he raised two little children, he brought them up. (4) Then those children used to play with the skulls of their mother and their relatives, they used to roll them. (5) They would roll them to the bottom from on top over a flat, sloping rock, then they would get them and take them back on top. (6) They used to do that every day, the two little ones kept on playing. (7) Then one Coyote went to visit them and saw them. He stayed there who knows how long. (8) He watched which way [?ywel•in] went, where he came out. (9) "Goodbye," he said. (10) "Yes," he said; "I’ll take care of the children here," he said. (11) He asked the children, "Where does your grandfather come out?" (12) "Right there he’ll always come out; he comes out there all the time," said the children. (13) In the evening, then he came, (14) and they ate supper. But [Coyote] cooked this meat that he had put in the bottom of the pack basket and ate it himself, he ate this jackrabbit hidden here in his pack basket. (15) Then it was night, and they went to sleep. When [?ywel•in] was snoring hard, [Coyote] looked for where his heart was. (16) Then he found it in the middle of his foot. (17) Then he stretched his feet out. When he stretched out his legs, this is the way he went when [Coyote] touched him in the middle of his foot: "Grunt, grunt, grunt," he said. (18) Then, "Oh, it's right there, your heart," [Coyote] said. (19) He went to sleep again. (20) He did the same thing again, he stretched out, stretched himself out. Right in the middle of his foot, in the middle of it, he did the same thing that way. "Grunt, grunt, grunt," he said. (21) "Oh, it's right there," said this Coyote. (22) He went to sleep. They got up the next day, (23) and he went out the next day again. (24) Just the same when he came back he came out in exactly the same place again. (25) [Coyote] was watching carefully whether he would come out in the same or a different place. (26) He didn't come out any other place, only in that very same place. (27) The next day he went again, (28) and the same way he watched where he went. (29) Then he asked the children again, "Will he come out the same place?" he said. (30) "Yes," they said. "Does he always come out in the same place?" (31) "Yes," they said. (32) In the evening for supper he cooked the meat. (33) Then Coyote would hide it in the pack basket and eat his own meat, not what he was given, he


7. ?ywel•in (Pages 174)
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wouldn't eat that at all. (34) Then they went to sleep at night. (35) Then early in the morning, "I'm going hunting again," he said, and went. (36) He went the same way he always went. (37) Then Old Lady Coyote went out next. (38) "I'm going to get some wood," he said to his grand-children. (39) Then he went on the other side of this high mountain, where he came out. He stuck his bone awls all around. (40) Then when he came back he watched him. (41) "Oh, you just came out, coming back again," he said. (42) He watched him. (43) He stepped on one and sat down to pull it out; [another one] stuck him right there in the butocks. (44) He rolled all around, (45) and got stuck all over then, (46) everywhere he went, where he rolled, (47) then he got stuck all around in his ribs. (48) Then he died. (49) Then [Coyote] told all these nations, "I killed this one, the one who was finishing off us people," he said. (50) Then next they burned up this one that he killed. (51) "All of you watch well, you with good eyes. All watch this one. (52) If we don't find his eyes, he’ll finish us all off again," he said. (53) "Keep looking, watch for his eyes to pop out," he said. (54) So they burned him. (55) Then a little later, when he got cooked, his eyes popped out. (56) Everybody looked up. (57) These two, Spotted Towhee and Brown Towhee, "You had better stay far off, you can't see, you've got too much matter in your eyes," they said to these two. (58) They stayed far off and watched again. (59) Everybody failed to see it pop. (60) So then, "Did you see it?" they asked these two with matter in their eyes. (61) "How could we see it?" they said; (62) "Our eyes are no good. (63) Look for it yourselves, you who have good eyes," they said. (64) "Please," they said. "He’ll finish us all up if you don't tell us; maybe you saw where his eyes landed. (65) But if we don't find them, he’ll eat all of us," they said. (66) "Yes, under that thing, it looks like his eyes, [under] those leaves." (67) Then they got them. (68) "Yes, that's it," they said. (69) They got them, and mashed them all up. Then everything was all right. (70) That's all.


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