Domingo of Weitchpec
"Buzzard's Medicine" (June 3, 1907)
Text identifier: I4
Speaker: Domingo of Weitchpec
Primary documentation: A. L. Kroeber
Project transcription: Andrew Garrett, with the assistance of Susanne Stadlbauer
Edition: , unpublished; selection edited and published by A. L. Kroeber, "The Languages of California North of San Francisco", University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology, volume 9 (1911), pp. 425-426
Translation: A. L. Kroeber, Yurok Myths (1976), pp. 313-314 (myth I4)
Manuscript source: A. L. Kroeber, Yurok field notebook 75, pp. 19-31; click here to view PDF
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Weeshtue' son' 'ekw. Keetkwo lego 'oolekwohl Lrger'l. Weeshtue' ho so'n: nuemeechyue, nuemeechyue nep'. Puelekuek 'w-rpkery ko nee mehl hopkecho'l. Tue' weeshtue' me'womecho'l. Tue' 'o nuemeechyue hek'ws: leyolekws, hlmeyep'eer', hlkerrwers, hlkerrwers, hlkwerterkws. Toomeneek k'ee nue segonowonee tue' nep'. Neekeechyue sook tue' nep', 'emsee k'ee huuek hlkeyuer. Tue' kolo new' wohpue 'ee nee looleek k'ee wer'ergeryerwernee wenchokws 'ue-meyoomoyk'. 'Imee skewokseem' kee koleesh 'ue-komchuemek' kue 'ue-meyoomoyk'. Weet wohpueks 'o loot' nee kue '-uueks keech kol' so'n. Peeshtue' weeshtue' 'o nep' kem. Nuemeechyue nep'. Tue' noo laay', wek tue' noo laay' so pech. Tue' noo laay', tue' pechkues 'o ho neskwechokw' nee soneenee. K'ee mer'wermery tue' nee soneenee weeshtue' son' nuemeechyue nep'. K'ee chegee new 'we-segonowonee, k'ee chegee new 'we-sook, k'ee kwen cho' nee newo'meesh, tue' nee nep'. Peesh, kwesee 'o loksee'hl, kwesee 'eeshkuue 'ee weeshtue' son', keech tue' weeshtue' ho soo gego'l. 'Ishkuue nee slo'ehlko'. 'Ishkuue nee slo'ehlkokw' k'ee won 'we-lokseehlek'. Te nue hloykom' wooneyeek. K'ee 'ue-'werhlker' keech muuewolo' soneenep'. Kolo keech nee mokw' ho 'ekek'olehlkok'w. Nee soneen keech che'lee'. Nee mokw' k'ee mehl skuey' soneenep'. Te nue chyue soneenee ye's k'ee skuey' soneenah, kem tue' neemee hlom' k'ee 'we-skue'y soneenah. Peesh, kwesee weeshtue' 'o son' kohchee, keech nuemee mok'ws 'we-neskwey. Kwesee weeshtue 'o ho neskwechokw' Ho'owen. Ho'owens ho neskwechok'w. Prwer'k'uek keet wo sooto' mokee. Peeshtue' weet keech 'o nuemee mokw' 'we-neskweyowok', 'o nuemee mok'w 'we-neskwey. Peesh kwesee 'eeshkuue ko'moy' kolo kol' 'o chweenkep'. Kesomehl negeeen' so heenoo. 'O negeee'now' so heenoo. 'Oko, tee'nee' 'we-chweenkepek'? 'O new' kaap'oleehl yo' 'o pegahchew. To' wee' 'o tek kue kaap' 'o pegah. 'O chweenkep' kue kaap', kwesee 'o lem', 'Iee! To' kwel kome neskweyowom', keetee kol' sonowo'm. Komchuemem' hes keetee kol' mehl sonowo'm? 'O lem', Paa! Kwelekw neemee komchuemek'. 'O lem', Kwelekw nek kee nepaanem', ko 'o lewoloche'm. Kwelekw weet keech mehl sonowo'm. K'ee nuemeechyue sook k'e-negepek', k'ee 'oohl kol' wee' sonowoom' tue' nepe'm. K'ee chegee nue 'wo-sook hlmeyep'eer' tue' nepe'm. Tue' weet keech k'e-me'womechkok'. Tue' nekee' kee nah. 'O lem', Nek kee nepaane'm. Hehl, cho' skuey' soneenee week 'ee sonkoo'm. Keyomohl cho' ket'ohpeene'm. Cho' s'emem', tue' weet ko 'o so tegeruepaane'm. Kwelekw weet kee mehl hewolochem', mo wee'eeet tue' mehl slo'ehlkoom', keech mehl mokw' k'e-tewon. Wek hehl neee'nes k'e-'wes! 'O neee'now' 'ue-'wes. Neesh! Tue' kome neskweyowok'. K'ee nee 'rgerkerhl chpee wee' ko nee 'rgerkerhl, 'ue-'werhlker' chpee kome ro'oh ho hlkeleek. Son' 'ekw, keech neemokw' 'we-tewon, 'ohlkuemee weeshtue' keech 'ue me'womechkok'w. Peesh, 'o lem', Weetue' kee sonowok'. Weetue' kee mehl weeegenoyek' 'o 'wes'onew, kyekwen kee soo hogoole'monee k'ee 'oohl; kwelekw woyn keetee yoolem' k'ee 'oohl. Weet kee neeegemue'. Weeshtue' kee negep' 'o'loolekweesh'ol k'ee nekah. 'O le's, Chuue', to' wee' kee sonowok'. Kwesee 'o nep' kyew 'o pyewolue' 'emsee rekwoh. Peeshtue' wee'eeetue weeshtue mehl me so'n. 'O le'm: Kwelekw nek weet nee sonowok'. To' 'ue-markwenee nep' 'o'loolekweesh'ol, kee to' 'ue-markwenee nep'. Tue' weeshtue' ko 'o nep', weeshtue' ko 'o lohkue'. Peeshtue' weet kee sonowoom' 'o'loolekweesh'ol. Weeshtue' ko 'o soneenee weeshtue' sonowohl 'o'loolekweesh. Nekah kee sonowoo'm. Weet 'wes'onah 'o knegon. 'Wes'onah weeshtue' ko 'o mehl hegok' kolo 'o'loolekweesh'ol. Weeshtue' kee segonoksee': Weeshtue' kee yegohkue' mocho keech slo'ehlko' 'oohl. Weesh kee nep', weeshtue' kue 'o lohkuem' 'ue-meskwoh, mo weetue' nek soo skueyahpelek'. Peeshtue weetue' chpeen so'n.
This is exactly how it was. Buzzard was still a person. This is what he did: he ate everything, everything. He began downriver from where the river starts. That's where he came from. He found everything: gartersnakes, rattlesnakes, salamanders, salamanders, frogs. He ate all the kinds of things that existed. He ate every kind of thing, even the slimy babies. He could see them thrown in the water by pregnant young women. She did not want anyone to know she was pregnant. So she threw her child who died in the water. Then he ate it too. He ate everything. He kept going along, he kept going upriver. He kept going along, he arrived upriver doing so. Doing so where the river comes from he ate everything. Everything he saw of all descriptions, every kind of thing he saw, whatever he saw, he ate it. Well, then it was a year, and slowly it was like this, since he had gone around like that. Slowly he wasted away. Slowly he wasted away until a year was up. He tried to go uphill. His bones started to feel all burnt. It was as if he no longer had strong legs. He got dry. There was nothing that made him feel better. He tried to do everything he thought of to make himself feel better, but he didn't take what would make him feel better. Well, when he was like this once, he became very sick. That is how he came to Ho'owen. He came to Ho'owen. He was going south then. Then he became very sick, he was very sick. Then he suddenly heard what seemed to be someone speaking to him. He looked back on his left side. He looked back. Hey, who spoke to me? He saw a plant there moving around. The plant was growing there and moving around. The plant was talking, and it said, Ii! You are very sick, you are about to die. Don't you know that you are about to die? He said, No! I don't know it. It said, You will eat me and you will get well. This is why you have become like this. You eat every kind of thing, you even eat people who are dead. You eat every kind of thing, even rattlesnakes. That is what you have become sick from. [He said,] I will. It said, You will eat me. So, prepare (me) well there. Cook (me) in a basket dipper. Pound me up, then you will talk to me. You will get well from that, for you are thin, you no longer have flesh. Look at yourself! He looked at himself. Alas! He was sick. Only his joints, his joints [?], on his bones alone he stood on the ground. That is just how he was, he now had no flesh, because he had become sick from that. Well, it said, I will do so. For that I will always be called in the world, as long as people will live thus; for there will be another people. People will always carry it. Human beings will always eat us. He thought, OK, I will do so. Then he ate and chewed there and also drank. That is what he did with it. He said: Well, that is how I am. A human being eats everything, he will eat everything. He will eat, and then they will make it. Human beings will do so. Human beings will act like this. We will do so. I am leaving it like that in the world. People will be in the world as if I were around. This is what he thought: This is how they will make it if a person gets weak. He will eat this, and he will make his medicine, because that is how I got better. Well, that's just how it was.