Yurok dictionary

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Broader semantic domain: activities

Related semantic domain(s): food, drink, and cooking, games, greetings and polite expressions, hunting and fishing

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chek'-wehl prayer seat, "stone 'seats' on mountains ... They are semicircular walls of mortared stones, a yard or two across, three or four feet high", flat place in front of a cliff

cheee'sh woodpecker crest, woodpecker scalp

cherh-kwek' I am jumping center (in the brush dance)

cherkw jump center (in the brush dance), bird's tail

he-gel dance


hlker-'er-mery war dance

hlker-'er-mer-yek' I sing a war dance song

ka-'a'n deerhide blanket with hair on it, blanket, deerskin wrap (in the Jump Dance)

kehl-pey-yok' I sing through a dream (of a doctor), I lose control of myself at the doctor dance

key-che-lew speak the medicine formula on the ninth day of a girl's first menstruation

krey-choh hair ties

kery braids, hair wraps, hair tie, two braids

le-po'm headband "worn by the woman formulist in the Brush Dance ... normally made of ordinary feathers", doctor's forehead band of condor ruff

loo-geen fish weir, fish dam, the Fish Dam at Kepel

ma-'ak head rings, "a stuffed ring of deerskin with three or four of the scarlet [woodpecker] scalps sewn on", "head rings with woodpecker on them", head roll

me-lee' there is a brush dance

me-lok' I attend a brush dance

me-loo brush dance

me-wo-lep' deerskin dance officiant

mer-werch the dance is ending, the end of a dance

mer-wer'y the final dance at the brush dance is danced

muen-chehl ceremonial dress, dance dress

neee-gem flint, obsidian

noh-pet-'ekws dry-salmon maggot or beetle, black bug, weevil, stranger

noh-pe-weehl sing solo at the brush dance, brush dance song, heavy song

no-'o-mey'r title of girl helper at the Fish Dam ceremony

nerr-mery sing songs, brush dance song

nerr-mer-yek' I sing songs

nerr-mery-pey-yok' I'm singing (in the brush dance)

ple-gokw headband of woodpecker scalps, headroll

pon-chech gray deer, white deerskin

puer-cheehl brush dance cap

pye-weg perform the white deerskin dance, white deerskin dance

pyue-ro-wok' I perform the sacred rites at a dance, I purify myself

pyuue-weg perform the deerskin dance, deerskin dance

rech-kok' I dance in a particular direction

re-gey ceremonial headdress

re-go' feather, feather for display (as in headband), morning feathers (in brush dance), "simple upright down-head feathers" in the deerskin dance

re-moh take part in doctor dance, kick dance, doctor dance, kick dance

re-moh-poh doctor dance song, doctor song

rue-ro-wech dance in a particular direction, move across the sky (of stars)

rue-ro-wok' I sing, I boil over, I sing

serp headband, girl's halo in Jump Dance

ser-per-yer' headband, girl's halo in Jump Dance

syoo-lah dance in the brush dance (of a girl)

taahl ceremonial singer

te-lo-gehl "small animate objects which in the body of an ordinary person cause disease but in the body of [a doctor] give her clairvoyance and the faculty of curing", pain, disease, illness

terr-luel bone put through nose of corpse, knife with short hilt

wo-hluer girl dancer at the Fish Dam ceremony

wo-neek 'we-le-goo jump dance

'e'-gue'r a carrying case of ordinary folded deerskin, basket used in jump dance, medicine basket

'o ker-gery feather camp, dress camp (in Jump Dance)

Dictionary entry

he-lo-mey-yek'vi e-class • I dance • Variant he-lo-mek'

Lexicon record # 427 | Source references: R198 JE39 MM(ES44)
Semantic domain: ceremonies and dances

Other paradigm form

  • collective he-lo-mey-ye'm

Derived phrase or compound
  • Me-weehl 'O Le-gehl "Cann's Prairie (on the ridge of the Bald Hills above the mouth of Redwood Creek)"

Short recordings (6) | Sentence examples (61)

  1. he-lo-mes "dance!" (spoken by Jessie Van Pelt)

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  2. he-lo-mey-yek' "I dance" (spoken by Carrie Roberts)

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  3. he-lo-mey-yek' "I dance" (spoken by Georgiana Trull)

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  4. he-lo-mey-ye'm "we/you(pl.)/they dance" (spoken by Carrie Roberts)

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  5. he-lo-me'y "s/he dances" (spoken by Aileen Figueroa)

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  6. he-lo-me'y "s/he dances" (spoken by Carrie Roberts)

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