Lets'áxw kw'eselh olu plhát te máqe.
one-time that-past very thick DET snow
One time, the snow was very thick.
Li ye selyólexwe. Ilólets'e álhtel li te lá:lém.
AUX the old.people alone they in DET house
There were some old people. They were alone in the house.
Le tl'ékw'el te héyeqws álhtel.
AUX go.out DET fire-of them
Su ewéta lhq'él:exw wes éwe is e kw'e xwe'í:t.
so nothing knowing if-it not AUX-it DETwhat.do
They didn’t know what they were going to do.
Osu xéte “Xwe'í:ttsetcha kwa?”
so say (he) what.do-we-will EMPH
He said: “What are we going to do?”
We only have snow to drink.
Léxwethet, tl'o kw'ses ólu x̲éytl'.
cover-selves it (was) that-it (was) very cold.
They covered themselves up, because it was very cold.
run.out DET firewood-of them
Kw'e me wóyel qelát, su le kw'áts te swíyeqe lám te skw'echó:stel.
when come dawn again so AUX look tDET man P(direction) DET window
When the dawn came again, the man looked through the window
Su x̲éte “Oh my! Me kw'etslóxwes kw'e tewátes! Máythóxwes!”
so say (he) Oh my! AUX see-us-he DET somebody help-us-he (they)
He said “Oh my! Somebody has seen us! They’ve helped us!”
“Le tí:ltes te xálhtset.”
AUX clear-he(they) DET road-our
“They’ve cleared our road.”
Su la áxeth álhtel qelát. Léxwethet.
so AUX lie.down they again cover-selves (they)
So they went and lay down again. They covered themselves up.
Osú ts'lhá:metes kw'e wel shxwtl'ó:s le péxw li te axelésmels te xálh.
So hear-they DET very loud.noise AUX thump P (direction) DET front.of.house-its DET door
And then they heard a loud noise which thumped at the front of the door.
Le kw'áts te swíyeqe qelát.
The man went and looked again.
Osú x̲éte “Oh my! Me th'éxwmetóxwes kw'e tewátes.
say (he) Oh my, AUX pity-us-he DET somebody
So he said “Oh my! Someone took pity on us!"
Somebody brought us some wood.
“Oh my!“ x̲ete, su xwmáxes te xálh.
“Oh my!” (he) say so open-he DET door
“Oh my!“ he said. So he opened the door.
Tewátes kw'e tí:lt te teqtá:ltset. Xwem kw'es xwemás te teqtá:ltset.
somebody DET clear DET door-our can that open-it the door-our
Somebody cleared our door. We can open our door again.
Su me petáxwtes te siyólh. Ew slekwlí:kw ó te siyó:lh.
so AUX pack.it-he the firewood EMPH broken-up the firewood
So he packed the wood in. It was all broken up.
“Tewát kw'e lekwlékwet ye siyó:lh?” x̲éte te slhá:lí.
(be) who that breaking DET firewood say DET woman
“Who broke the firewood?” said the woman.
X̲éte te swíyeqe “Ewétel lhq'él:exw. Th'ex̲wmetóxwes kw'e tewátes.”
say DET man nothing-my knowing.it pity-us-he DET somebody
The man said: “I don’t know. Somebody took pity on us.”
Osú qó:lem te má:qe. Su yexwyóxwetes. Qesu xwéts ti álhtel.
so scoop some snow so melting.it-they. and.so get tea they
So they scooped up some snow. They melted it. And so they had some tea
kwe la léx̲wethet álhtel, kw'es xwel x̲éytl'.
AUX AUX cover-selves they that still cold
They went back and covered up with their blankets again, because it was still cold.
Su me xwíy álhtel qelát. Ts'lhámetes álhtel te shxwtl'ó:s le la péx̲w.
so AUX wake.up they again hear.it-they they DET loud.noise AUX AUX thump
So they woke up again. They heard a loud noise that thumped.
Le kw'áts lam te teqˡtá:l. Ulh li tethá te sméyéth.
AUX look (he) P(direction) DET door. already P (direction) there (was) DET meat
He looked out the door. There was some meat.
“Oh my me th'éx̲wmetóxwes tewátes te tl'eqtéle.”
Oh my, AUX pity-us-he somebody (with) DET deer
“Oh my, somebody pitied us and brought us a deer!”
Qesú me xwekw'óstes te tl'eqtéle. Kwtáxwtes
and.so AUX drag-it-he DET deer bring.inside-it-he
And so he started dragging the deer. He brought it inside.
Su la álhtellómet álhtel. Ts'ahéyelh álhtel:
so AUX eat they pray they
So they managed to eat. They prayed:
“Ts'ithómetsel xólhmet tewátes xólhmetóxw.”
hank-you-I (the one who) look.after somebody look.after-us
“I thank whoever it is who is looking after us.”
Su ō ts'ás'el ew xwoyíwel álhtel
so just very EMPH happy they
Qesu leq'émestes te láléms.
and.so clean.up.it-they the house- their
And so they cleaned up their house.
Th'exwí:ls. Qólem te máqe, su yóxwetes tl'o qos álhtel.
dish.washed (they) scoop some snow (they) so melt.it-they it is (was) water-of them
They washed the dishes. They scooped up some snow,and melted if for their water.
Su hó:y kw'es eyóyes álhtel su la áx̲eth qelát
so finish that AUX working they so AUX lie.down again (they)
They finished their work, they got tired and went back to bed.
so again AUX wake.up (they)
“Qe ulh li kw'e thá kw'e tewátes. Oh my! I tí:ltem te xálhtset!”
and already P(direction) DET there DET somebody. oh my AUX cleared DET road-our
“Somebody has been there again. Oh my! Our road has been cleared!”
“Tewát yu kw'e i th'íth'ex̲wmet-óxw éwelh me kwetxwílem
who AUX DET P (location) pitying-us never AUX go.inside
“Whoever it is who is helping us never comes in.”
Osu lhx̲é:ylex te swíyeqe li te skw'chóstel.
so standing DET man at DET window
So the man was standing by the window.
Kw'ókw'etstes tewátes kw'e me th'íth'exw me te álhtel.
looking-at.it-he somebody DET AUX pity AUX DET them
He was looking to see who was coming to help them.
Qe ewéta kw'e tewát me x̲élqthet.
But nothing DET somebody AUX show-self
But no-one showed themselves.
Osu la í:mex tútl'ó. Le xwa (te) stetíl te xálhs.
so AUX walking he AUX become cleared the road-their
So he went for a walk. Their road was all clear.
“My!” Kw'étslexwes te sx̲éyltel.
Su le kwetwílem q'ó:lthet. Li yéthestes te stó:les.
so AUX go.inside (he) return P (location) tell-it-her the wife-his
So he went back inside again. He told his wife about it.
“Oh my! Is kw'e xwe'ít ses me th'éxmetóxwes te sásq'ets.
oh my AUX DET why AUX AUX pity-us -he DET sasquatch
"Oh my! I wonder why the Sasquwatch took pity on us?”
x̲éte te siyó:lexwe: “Wel the'í:t e?“ Wel the'í:t?”
say (she) DET Elder (is it) really true (it is) really true
“Is it really true?” asked the old lady. “It’s true.”
“Qéx̲ te sx̲éyltels i te s'átl'q.”
many (are) DET the track-his P (location) DET outside
“There are lots of his tracks outside.”
“Oh my! Éwe is olu qél ye sásq'ets. We is kw'e me th'íth'ex̲wmetóxwes?”
oh my not AUX-it very bad DET sasquatch. if aux-it DET AUX pitying-us-he
“Oh my! Sasquatches are not all bad. Why else would he take pity on us?”
“Chím se sí:simetem ye mestí:yexw?”
why AUX being.afraid DET people
“Why are the people scared of him?”
Ts'ahéyelh. Ts'ítem te sásq'ets, tl'ó me th'éxmet álhtel.
praying (they) thank DET sasquatch it-was-he (who) AUX pity them
They prayed. They thanked the Sasquatch, because it was him who came and helped them.
Su pétem te siyólexwe swíyeqe: “Le chí:m ses telexwes kw'set íkw'eló?“
so ask DET old man. AUX how AUX-it find.out-it- he that-we (were) here
So the old man was asking: “How did he find out that we were here?”
“Oh,” x̲éte “Ewéta t'wá héyeqw la átl'qel. Éwe is p'óp'etl'em te shxwélems te sp'ótl'em.”
oh say (he) nothing must.be fire AUX outside not AUX-it smoke DET place DET smoke
“Oh” he said, “I guess there was no fire outside. No smoke was coming out of the chimney.”
“Ewéta héyeqwtset. Tl'óses me chiyólhtólém.”
nothing (was) fire-our. it-is AUX-he gather.firewood.for-us
“We didn’t have fire. That’s why he came and brought us firewood.”
“Lhq'él:exwes sewéta s'álhteltset.”
know-it- he nothing food-our
“He knew that we didn’t have any food.”
“Íkw'eló ewéta héyeqwtset. Tl'óses me áx̲wetólém te tl'aqtéle.”
here (was) nothing fire-our It-is-it AUX give-us (he) DET deer
“And we had no fire here. That’s why he came and gave us the deer.”
“Th'íth'exwmetóx̲wes te Siya:m. Tl'ó te te Siyá:m me tssát te sásq'ets,” xéte álhtel.
pitying-us-he DET respected.one. it-was DET respected.one AUX send DET sasquatch say they
“The Lord pitied us. It was the Lord who sent the sasquatch,” they said.
(it is) finished DET-my story