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(1850-1900)

Pamagatza

Pamagatza

Sumu tabeno soo naatse'e tuho'awaega
One day the boy went hunting.

Oosoo ka sawabetu sogo meano'o, too'esoo meanno'o
He walked through the sage brush, he kept walking.

Soo naatse'e ka kammu tuhudyano poonne
The boy saw a rabbit and a deer.

Soo taba unu udutu
The sun was very hot.

Soo naatse'e unu udutuna, unu pooeta'e
The boy was very hot and very thirsty.

Ki paa'ahebena
Did not have water to drink.

Soo naatse'e ka togo'o natunetooena sooma'yu
The boy remembered what his grandfather taught him.

"Ka pamagatza kwuuse yaese nuummua mawo'nge"
"Catch a horn toad then rub its stomach."

Yaese ka pamagatza mee metamma, "Pamagatza, pamagatza, paa'a e paamaka', Yaese u ki pooetaekwu."

Now say to the horn toad, "Horn toad, horn toad, give me water, now I will not go thirsty."
 
 

Reader: Ralph Burns
 

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Ralph Burns