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

Mamie Offield: "Victory Over Fire" (1957)

Primary participants: Mamie Offield (speaker), William Bright (researcher)
Date: 1957
Project identifier: WB_KL-45
Publication details: William Bright, The Karok Language (1957), pp. 246-247, Text 45


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[1]

aah uum úpaanik" púra fâat vúra îin na'íshiptiheeshara."

Fire once said, "Nothing can put me out."

[2]

kári xás pirishkâarim upiip, " naa îin nu'íshiptiheesh." kári xás máruk ikuraa'ípan u'ikrîish. kári xás pá'aah ta'ítam u'iinaaheen. kári xás ukvíp pirishkâarim.

Then Grizzly Bear said, "I can put you out." And she sat down uphill on the end of a ridge. Then Fire burned uphill (toward her). And Grizzly Bear ran.

[3]

kári xás koovúra kumakeemishatunvêechas kunikyâavarihva. koovúra kuníruramva. kári xás paachvíiv kúna kunikyâavarihva. takús upiip, " naa píshiich niikrîishriheesh." kári xás ukrîish. xás vúra uum itníiv umúsaha. sárukvari pamuvúup utákararihva. kári xás pá'aah kaanvárih u'uum. kári xás ukvíp tákus.

And all the little wild animals tried. They all fled. And the birds tried in turn. Pelican said, "I'll sit down first." And he sat down. And he looked mean. His neck hung down low. Then Fire arrived close to there. And Pelican ran.

[4]

chavúra púra kára îin ishkáxishrihmathap pá'aah. púya xás káan u'uum, pathrihapihníich. kári xás upiip, " naa îin nishkáxishrihmatheesh."

Finally nothing stopped Fire. So Old Man Rain arrived there. And he said, "I'll stop him."

[5]

kári xás upiip aah, " naa vúra púra fâat îin neeshkáxishrihmatheesh." kári xás upáthrih, xás vúra upáthrih. ta'ítam umsípaheen pá'aah.

And Fire said, "Nothing can stop me." But then it rained and it rained. And Fire went out.

[6]

víri vaa kumá'ii payêem íshaha, xás vúra kumá'ii úmsiipti aah. káru vaa kumá'ii koovúra kumakeemishatunvêechas kun'áayti aah. yakún puxáy vúra mít ishkáxishrihmathat.

For that reason it's water now, that's why it puts out fire. And that's why all the little wild animals are afraid of fire. You see, they couldn't stop it.