Ararahih'urípih
A Dictionary and Text Corpus of the Karuk Language

Phoebe Maddux: Morphology of the Tobacco Plant: The Plant (1932)

Primary participants: Phoebe Maddux (speaker), John P. Harrington (researcher)
Date: 1932
Project identifier: JPH_TKIC-III.5.A
Publication details: John Peabody Harrington, Tobacco Among the Karuk Indians of California (1932), pp. 47-48


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[1]

peheeraha'íppa mupikyutunváramuu, káru koovúra pamúthvuy peheeraha'íppa pakóo uthvúyttiihva pamushvitáva

"Morphology of the Tobacco Plant" "Morphology of the Tobacco Plant"

[2]

koovúra peheeraha'íppa

"The Plant"

[3]

íp nimáhat pamiheerahappírish.

I saw your good for nothing tobacco weeds.

[4]

yáan vúr u'íkkyusunutihach peheerahappírish.

The tobacco is just starting to come up.

[5]

mupikutunváramuu

its joints

[6]

pamushvitáva

its various parts or pieces

[7]

pirísh'anammahach

little leaf

[8]

pinishtunvêechchas

little leaves

[9]

pamu'íppa

its stalk or plant

[10]

pamuppírish

its foliage

[11]

á'yaach vúr uvêehrímva poo'íifti peehêeraha. á'yaach vúra uvêehrimva poo'íifti peheeraha'íppa. kôomahich vúra pooveehpîithvuti pamúptiik.

The tobacco plant stands straight up as it grows. The tobacco plant stands straight up as it grows. Its branches just spread a little.

[12]

peheeraha'íppa uum vúra iváxra kúnish koovúra, pu'ássarhara, sákriiv. peheeraháaptiik, pa'uh'íppi sákriivsha, puyâamahukich kupeeshpáttahitihara. patakikyâahaak pa'uhíppi, tá kunvupáksiiprin.

The tobacco plant is all dryish, it is not juicy, it is tough. The tobacco-branches, the tobacco-stems are tough; they do not break easily. When they pick the tobacco stems they cut them off.

[13]

káakum vúra a'vári poo'íifti, káru káakum vúra âapunich. vaa vúra a'varittâapas u'íifti pa'avansa'ávahkamvari tu'íffahaak. vaa vúr upifyîimmuti pa'avansa'ávahkamvari tu'íffahaak. vaa uum vúra hitíhaan araréethvaayvari vaa kóo vâaramas-hitih. vâaramas.

Some [tobacco plants] grow low, some high. The highest that they grow is higher than man. The highest it ever grows is higher than man. But most of the time they come up to a person's chest. They are tall.