(Coyote Discusses God)
translated by D. Gould
|"Suden ne gupa
deasen debizhi tsaa-desumbaaduhka'ande.
newi newe'naipe gahti de'ahwaide.
su'den gai oyoon damme wa'ite.
"Wihyu use damme wa'nde
sidei gwi'yaanee ba'andu de'iya'ihkandu'i . . ."
(Bennen gwi'yaanee ba'andu
|"He's bigger than me
and a whole lot smarter,"
speaking of God.
Only thing is
he isn't around much
and its gotta be someone
"lookin' out for the chickens. . ."
IZHAPE' SE'MMAI was taken from:
"The Natural History of Old Man Coyote" by William
Bright in Recovering the Word: Essays on Native American Literature, ed.
Brian Swann and Arnold Krupat
1987, University of California Press.
with special thanks to Leanne Hinton.