1862: Siletz chiefs’ speeches for back-translation into CW (Part 5 of 6)
wə́x̣t nayka wáwa drét háyú mási kʰapa David Gene Lewis, PhD…
Alfred “Bud” Lane III making a Tutuni shell dress
(image credit: Oregon History Project)
Many thanks to Dr. David Gene Lewis, tribal researcher, for sharing this material on his site.
I felt it deserved attention from those of us who speak Chinuk Wawa.
Care to back-translate the following Siletz chief’s speech to CW?
Joe Lane, Chief [of the] Too too te nays
I have not much to say. I agree with all that has been said. I will ask you for some things to cook with camp kettles and frying pans. I fear that we will suffer next winter, because there is no grain growing on the farms. None sowed last fall and but little oats this spring. I want permission to go out with some of my people, and work for clothes. I am done.