The Birth of Christ, in Chinook Jargon (part 3)
(View & hear Dale McCreery reading parts 1-6 aloud!)
Mari klatwa nanish iaka kosin Ilisabit.
Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth.
Lisash kilapai kopa sahali
The angel returned to
ilihi pi Mari aiak klatwa kopa
heaven and Mary went straight to
mawntin, kah mitlait Ilisabit iaka
the country, where Elizabeth’s
haws. Iaka klatwa nanish Ilisabit
house was. She went to visit Elizabeth
pus hilp iaka kopa iaka mamuk.
to help her with her work.
Pus Mari k’o kopa haws, iaka
When Mary arrived at the house, she
wawa klahawiam kopa iaka tilikom.
said hello to her relatives.
Chi Ilisabit k’olan Mari iaka wawa,
Once Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice,
iaka tomtom chako halak; chako
her heart opened up; it became
yutl ukuk tanas mitlait kopa
happy, that baby that was in
iaka. ST SS mamuk nanish
her. God the Holy Spirit showed
kopa Ilisabit kata haha iaka
Elizabeth how holy his
mamuk kopa Mari, pi Ilisabit
work with Mary was, and Elizabeth
wawa: “Maika ilip tlus kopa
said: “You’re the best of
kanawi kluchmin, pi ilip tlus
all women, and [also] best is
ukuk tanas chi maika tlap.
the baby that you’ve just gotten [pregnant with].
Klaksta naika pus ST iaka
Who am I for God’s
mama chako nanish naika?”
mother to be coming to visit me?”
Mari chako patl kopa ST
Mary was filled with
iaka lagras. Chako kakwa pus
God’s grace. It became as if
paia iaka tomtom kopa ST
on fire, her heart, for God
pi iaka wawa: “Naika mamuk
and she said: “I
aias ST; yutl naika tomtom
respect God, my heart is glad
kopa iaka; iaka nanish naika
for him; he sees I’m
kaltash, iaka nanish naika kakwa
worthless, he sees I’m like
ilaiti pi iaka iskom naika, pi iaka
a slave but he accepts me, and he
mamuk haha kopa naika: alki kanawi
has done a holy thing with me: some day every-
tilikom chako yutl klaska tomtom
one will come to feel glad
pus klaska komtaks ikta ST
when they understand what God
mamuk kopa naika.”
has done with me.”
Tlun mun Mari mitlait kopa
For three months Mary stayed at
Ilisabit iaka haws. Iaka hilp Ilisabit
Elizabeth’s house. She helped Elizabeth
kopa kanawi ikta mamuk kopa haws.
with all kinds of chores around the house.
Tlun mun kopit Mari kilapai kopa Nasarit
At the end of three months, Mary went back to Nazareth
kah mitlait iaka haws: iawa iaka
where her house was: there she
mitlait kakwa ankati, kwanisim kikuli
lived as before, always
iaka tomtom, kwanisim paia
iaka tomtom kopa ST, pi kopa
enthusiastic for God, and for
styuil. Wik iaka kuli kopa ayu
prayer. She didn’t go around to many
haws: iaka tlus nanish iaka
houses: she took care of her
haws; iaka tlus nanish Shosip
house; she took care of
iaka iktas pi Shosip iaka makmak.
Joseph’s property and Joseph’s food.
— Kamloops Wawa #117 (June 1894)