nuwa’la lhwet

Hul’q’umi’num’ sxwi’em’: Nuwa’lu lhwut? Who are you?

Thomas Jones sings his song of tsiitmuhw the great horned owl in the Hul’q’umi’num’ story yuw’i’na’qws tthu hwthuthiqut (Ruler of the forest).

nuwa’lu lhwet? Who are you?
smuqw’a’, smuqw’a’ tsun ‘ul’. I’m just heron.
shhwuw’qun, shhuw’qun tsun ‘ul’. I’m just swan.
tth’ihwtth’uhw, tt’ihwtt’uhw tsun ‘ul’. I’m just osprey.
‘een’thu yuxwule’, ‘een’thu yuxwule’. I am bald eagle.
tsiitmuhw tsun q’u, tsiitmuhw tsun q’u. I’m indeed great horned owl.
skwati sxayukw’us, skwati sxayukw’us. Crazy raccoon.
nan ch ’uw’ shxi’xe’, nan ch ‘uw’ shxi’xe’. I’m so embarassed.

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