Possible CJ passage in 1862 diary
fericzobor at YAHOO.COM
Sat Nov 24 23:10:14 UTC 2007
After sending the previous message, I've got another idea:
Maybe that strange "Ja,co" is not Clah's reply, but the last word in Capt. McNeill's statement, and it's in fact chaku "come".
Closs Nanege Mieka Man of War Ahale-keg Ja Co.
Lush nanich mayka "Man of War Ahale-keg" chaku.
Good you saw the Ahale-keg warriors (?) coming. or: Watch out the Ahale-keg warriors coming.
Francisc Czobor <fericzobor at yahoo.com> wrote:
I think I've got some idea what's about in that passage of Clah's diary.
I is CJ for sure, but the transcription is very unusual, and some words look very strange, difficult to interpret.
First, I believe that there are some misspellings or misreadings in the CJ passage.
Thus, in some words seems to be a "h" where an "a" would be expected: thus, I'd read "Claksta" for "Claksth" and "kah mieka" for "khhmieka". Then, "eolyhean" looks very strange; I suppose that maybe it should be read "eelyhee(n)" and interpreted as illahee/ili'i (earth, land, ground, sometimes also: village). "Ahale-keg" could be the name of a tribe/band. I can't figure out what could mean "jhehh". Also the reply "Ja, co" is very misterious ("co" could be CJ ko/q'u' "arrive").
Below the CJ dialogue between Capt. McNeill and Clah in my understanding: first line is Clah's rendering with my corrections, second line phonetic CJ, and third: English translation.
Capt.: Clah weik mieka Nanege Claksta kah mieka Clethoowa
Clah wik mayka nanich Laksta qaX mayka Latuwa
Clah didn't you see anybody where you went?
Clah: Naka Nansege Mox the Caname
nayka nanich makwst kanim
I saw two canoes.
Capt.: Closs Nanege Mieka Man of War Ahale-keg
Lush nanich mayka "Man of War Ahale-keg"
Good you see the Ahale-keg warriors (?) or: Look out the Ahale-keg warriors (?)
Clah: Ja, Co. (=???)
Capt.: Clah Closs mieka jhehh kallepy Coppah Duncan eelyhee(n)
Clah Lush mayka ??? k'ilapay kopa Duncan ili'i (?)
Clah you better ??? back to Duncan land (= Duncan's village = Metlakatla ?)
This is all I was able to figure out. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
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