Spáth qes te Slílk'yap
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Háwe
Receiving a xwélmexw name
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Skw'ékw'qáq
-- How the Robin got his red breast
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Tháyem te Léx̲wtel
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X̲ex̲pítsel
How the chipmunk got its stripes
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X̲pá:yelhp
Story of the Cedar Tree
Lets'lóts'tel
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Yeláwel éy
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Hálx̲eywa
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Xwe'ít te swáyel Létse
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Xwe'ít te swáyel Isá:le
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Xwe'ít te swáyel Lhí:xw
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Xwe'ít te swáyel X̲eó'thel
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Xwe'it te swayel Lhq'á:tses
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Ye Spipáth
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Cedar Tree
Listen to the elder Siyamiyateliyot

Cedar Tree

Kwulhí:thelh kwes xwel xwewata ye x̲alpá:yelhp
Long ago, before there were cedar trees
Ílh ts'e lí te olu éy swíqe
there was a real good man
We yóth kw'es mamíytes wátes ó
who was always helping others.
Wa lís q'álem kw'e stam, su á:m tútl'o.
Whenever they needed something, he gave.
Lis stl'ís kw'e stám, óxwestes kw'e s'élhtel qas kw'e áwkw'
When they wanted, he gave them food and clothing.
Kwes kw'étslexwes te'í te x̲ax̲e shxwelí
When the Great Spirit saw this,
Thet tútl'ó, tethá swíqe esáp te syóyes.
he said, that man has done his work.
Lis cha kwe q'ó:y te shxwlís kw'es pí:ltem kw'e X̲páyelhp
When he dies, , in the place where he is buried, a Cedar Tree
tse ts'ísem, chásu hókwxes ye mestíyexw
will grow and be useful to the people.
te kwémlexwlets xwelá kw'e sáletel
The roots for baskets
te p'alyí:ws xwelá kw'e áwkw'
the bark for clothing
te syólh xwelá kw'e sthiyéltexwem
the wood for shelter,
qas te sléxwelh xwelá kw'e leq'álq'el
and the canoe for travelling

Audio Halq’eméylem English
óxwest to give (it) to someone
éy good
stl'í a want, need
s'álhtel food
kw'elhí:thelh a long time ago
wiyóth always
á:m to give
tewátes anybody, somebody
á:wkw' clothing
x̱ax̱e sacred, holy, taboo
tútl'ó: he, him
ts'ísem to grow
mestíyexw person
spapí:l buried
syó:ys work (the thing)
sá:ltel baskets
hókwex to use, to wear
syó:lh wood, firewood
kwémlexw root
esáp' it's ended, ending a story
q'ó:y to die
leq'á:lqel travel, go on a journey
thiyéltxwem to build a house
sléxwelh canoe
p'alyí:ws bark of a tree
pí:lt to bury it
x̲pá:yelhp western red cedar
swí:qe man, male (creature or plant)

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