Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Ponca Tribe - Circa 1906
Coyote said to Gray Fox, “you are very fat.”
“Sikanxude thi shin a’chan,” Mikasi aka abiama
The Coyote said, “younger brother, what has made you fat?”
Mikasi aka abiama, “kageha, idadan ithishia?” Abiama.
“Older brother,” said the Gray Fox,
“Zhinthe ha,” Sikanxude aka abiama,
“I lie down in the road in the way of the ones that carry food, and I act like I’m dead.
“U’he kedi azhan nanman, u’thashiata, azhan nanman, a’di a’t e pa’xe nanman
Then, they throw me into the wagon and I lie there kicking the food out.
Ganki, zhaninange kedi anwananhai tedi, wathate ke uwananxpatha nanman.
Then, I jump out and start home while eating the food.
Ki uwana’si ki agthe nanman wathate te bthate nanman.
It is all the food that has made me fat,
Wa’thate te bthate te anthanshi
and, older brother, you can do the same.
ki, zhintheha, egan shkaxe wikanbtha
You have large feet so I think you can kick out a lot of food.”
Thi si thitan e’gan, wamuske nasage ahigi uthananxspathe tate ebthegan.”
So, Coyote went to the place and lay down in the road.
Ganki, Mikasi aka u’he kedi uthushidi zhan-biama.
When the wagon came along full of food, it stopped and a white man threw the Coyote into the wagon.
Ganki zhaninnange ai’te, wa’thate u’gipi, nanshtan biama Kedi, wa’xe aka, Mikasi thinke zhaninnange kedi u’anhai te.
The white man thought, “A Gray Fox has gotten away before!”
Wa’xe aka e’thegante, “Sikanxude aka kinanshibai adan!”
So, he tied the feet of the Coyote and went to his home.
Mikasi si te kantan biama, ganki ti te ta atha biama.
Then, when he got home, he threw the Coyote out.
Ganki, ti te aki ki, Mikasi thinke, a’shi anthai te
Thinking the Coyote was dead, he got out his knife, and cut the rope to free the Coyote’s feet.
Miakasi t’e ethegan, manhin gthizai, ganki Mikasi si te hazhinga i kante ma’sai biama.
The white man threw the Coyote over his back and started to the house.
Ganki, wa’xe aka Mikasi thin, nanka ininte ganki ti te ta agtha, biama.
But, the Coyote got loose and ran home.
Ki Mikasi aka, kinanshi ba began, tit e ta’ tanthin agthai te.
When he got home, he found the Gray Fox.
Aki bidan, Sikanxude ithai te.
“Oh, younger brother,” said the Coyote, “you have made me suffer.”
“Kageha abiama” Mikasi aka, “a’gthantha the” abiama.”
The Gray Fox said, “You should blame yourself! Be silent and come to me.”
Sikanxude aka abiama, “thi ewa’tha’ki’an! “Xthiazhiga, gi’ga, abiama.”
“You brought trouble on yourself, trying to get all of the food.”
“Thi ewatha ki an, wathate ke bthuga ni’ze shkanna.”
Coyote said, “Younger brother, you tell the truth.”
Mikasi aka, “kageha abiama, withake.”