Dl' Binant'a'

Dl' Binant'a'--An Original Apache Tale

NOTE: The English version of this tale is at the bottom of the page.

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Dl' -- In my 'modified' Apache orthography


D dl' t'ah nnee d' ngot'iihi. Dl'hi a'dzaago ydati'. "Haadast'i'h dawa binant'a' dagol d' nh nohwinant'a' doo a' da'," daniigo lk'e. "Dalzhi' nnee daandl. Nant'an nohw golne'go nt' n ado'. Hago got'eeh nohw yati' doleehi bigh," danii lk'e.

Go dl itsogcho haabi'dot dantsh, "Bit'' nt dazh n," daniigo. Bit''h dayini'go n binant'a' hileeh hdat'ii lk'eh. Nzaad godiyaa, yaa ydati'go; n', "Dah nzh n," daanniid lk'e. "Bidiyg danii dnzhn ndin doo zh yati'h k'ego at' da. Nohwinant'a' silygo doo nohw yati'da nkeegonighh dnkoh." Go n k'izhi' nilt lk'eh.

Adi' bizaagolaani nhannt. Dagoshch'i', "n dazh bizaagch'hi at'," daabinniid lk'e. Dazh dadzaan yaa yati' a' dadzaan yedl. n doo nzh da nohwinant'a' hileeh ygo. Nohwits'' ita yati' hileeh dnkoh," daniigo, n k'izhi' naant.

K'adik'eh, jaghshdiy habi'dolt. "Dn nohwintant'a' hileeh goh dat'?" naach'inii. "n ado' a'n'h k'ehgo at', bizaagoch'go. Doo nt'go nohw haodziih at' da. Doo beegonidz da, a' k'ee yati'hi at' ado'. go yedl hileeh, dzhogo na'a n." n ado' k'izh' naant.

ik'ehgo ygo, goshdiyh dat'?" danii lk'eh. n nt' w. n ygo dijaad, hay yn'itihy nohw nazit'ii dolee. di' nt'go yati' a' do'. n nohwinant'a' hileehgo nt'."

Go gshdiy dl' binant'a' sil lk'eh. Dj ygo goshdiy t'ah dl' binant'a' ninl.

LEADER OF THE BIRDS

This story is about a time when birds were still like people. The birds got together to talk. "The different clans (animals) all have leaders, but we do not," they said. "We are good for nothing. It would be good for us to choose a leader also. He could then speak for us about our activities," they said.

So the birds selected the oriole first. They said, "His feathers are very nice." Because of his feathers they thought they wanted him to be their leader. They discussed this for some time. "Well, never mind him after all," they said. "His long clothes are pretty, but he doesn't speak very much. If he becomes our leader he might not speak well for us in the future." They put him aside.

Then they chose the mocking bird. But they immediately said, "He is too talkative. He always speaks bad and mocks things. It would not be good for him to become our leader. He might speak even worse for us in the future." They put him aside to choose again.

The next time they chose a bluejay. "What would it be like for us if we chose him to be the leader?" they asked. "He is also like the other one. He talks too much. It would not be good for him to speak for us. He's too stubborn, and he also brags about himself. There would be a lot of mocking." They also set him aside.

"In that case, should it be the roadrunner?" they said. "He's good for sure. He would be fast for us in running to meetings. And he also talks well. It would be good for us if he became our leader."

Therefore, the roadrunner became the leader. Nowadays, roadrunner is the leader of all the birds.

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