Northern Khanty

The Mos woman and the Pos woman

A folktale focusing on the adventures of the Mos woman and her friend, the Por woman.

After her brother dies, the Mos woman has to fend for herself. She decides to leave her home and go ‘where her eyes look’. She soon befriends the Por woman and continues her journey with her. They journey ends when they meet two men who want to marry them. The Mos woman brings food in abundance to her husband but not the Por woman. So they all work out a plan to get rid of her.

Recording: This tale was recorded in Katravozh in 1990 by Irina Nikolaeva.

Note: The text was published in Nikolaeva (1999).

Speakers

  • mɔś-niŋ-iji ul-li-j-ə-l apś-ij-el pil-na. wan ul-l-ə-ŋən χŭw ul-l-ə-ŋən, śiti ul-li-l-i-ŋən. imŏsaj-na apś-ij-el kăssaŋ-ŋi ji-l. wan ăsm-ə-l, lel ăsm-ə-l lel-li pa ăsm-ə-l păl-li ker-i-t-l-ə-lli. śikəńśa it-ij-el imŏsa pŏraj-na păr-l. păr-l pa śikəńśa wan χɔll-ə-l, χŭw χɔll-ə-l śikəńśa, χŏti wer-l-a? mŏla kem jur tăj-ə-s, mŏla kem śɔm tăj-ə-s, it-ij-el il leśat-l-ə-lli. il leśat-l-ə-lli śikəńśa, numəs-l: “χŏl măn-l-ə-m? tăm kŭl măn-ti ur-ə-t kŭt-na, tăm meŋk mănti ur-ə-t kŭt-na χŏti χŏl jŏχət-l-ə-m tɔŋχa?” atul, numəs-t-al: “it-em păr-ə-s pa ma iśi χăl-l-ə-m kepa. iśi χɔrpi măn-l-ə-m. tăta χŏti wan χŭw χŭnti ɔməs-l-ə-m?” nu śikəńśa, lŏχi măn-l, śi măn-l, śi măn-l, śi măn-l.
    Mos-woman-DIM be-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST younger:brother-DIM-3SG companion-LOC short be-NONPST-0-3DU long be-NONPST-0-3DU so be-IMPF-NONPST-0-3DU one-LOC brother-DIM-3SG ill-TRANS come-NONPST short pillow-0-3SG short pillow-0-3SG short-TRANS and pillow-0-3SG high-0-3SG turn-0-CAUS-NONPST-0-SG.3SG DP brother-DIM-3SG once time-LOC die-NONPST die-NONPST and DP short cry-0-NONPST long cry-0-NONPST DP how make-NONPST-PAS what after strength have-0-PST what after power have-0-PST brother-DIM-3SG down prepare-NONPST-0-SG.3SG down prepare-NONPST-0-SG.3SG DP think-NONPST where go-NONPST-0-1SG this devil go-NMLZ.IMPF forest-0-PL middle-LOC this goblin go-NMLZ.IMPF forest-0-PL how where arrive-NONPST-0-1SG DP ever think-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG brother die-0-PST and 1SG same die-NONPST-0-1SG only same like go-NONPST-0-1SG here how short long when sit-NONPST-0-3SG INTJ DP wretched go-NONPST DP go-NONPST DP go-NONPST DP go-NONPST
    Mos-женщина-ДИМ быть-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST younger:brother-ДИМ-3ЕД товарищ-ЛОК short быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ длинный быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ так быть-ИМПФ-NONPST-0-3ДВ один-ЛОК брат-ДИМ-3ЕД больной-TRANS прийти-NONPST short pillow-0-3ЕД short pillow-0-3ЕД short-TRANS and pillow-0-3ЕД high-0-3ЕД turn-0-CAUS-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД DP брат-ДИМ-3ЕД однажды время-ЛОК умереть-NONPST умереть-NONPST and DP short плакать-0-NONPST длинный плакать-0-NONPST DP как делать-NONPST-ПАС что после strength have-0-ПРОШ что после power have-0-ПРОШ брат-ДИМ-3ЕД down приготовить-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД down приготовить-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД DP think-NONPST где идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД этот черт идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ лес-0-МН середина-ЛОК этот goblin идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ лес-0-МН как где прибыть-NONPST-0-1ЕД DP ever think-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД брат умереть-0-ПРОШ and 1ЕД same умереть-NONPST-0-1ЕД only same любить идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД здесь как short длинный когда сидеть-NONPST-0-3ЕД МЕЖД DP wretched идти-NONPST DP идти-NONPST DP идти-NONPST DP идти-NONPST
    The Mos woman lived with her younger brother. They lived for a long time or a short time, they lived. One day the younger brother took ill. A short pillow, a narrow one, she turned the pillow now higher, now lower. The brother died. He died. She wept for him a long time, a short time, what should she do? She had so much strength, she had so much power, she buried her brother. She buried him and thought: “Where shall I go? Among forest demons, among forest spirits, where shall I go?” Well, she though: “My brother is dead and I will die too. So I will go. Over a long or a short time, how shall I live. The poor thing went, she just went and went.
  • wan χŭw măn-l, imŏsaj-na jus kŭtp-ə-l-na ŋaŋk pɔrəχ iki lɔj-ə-l. ŋaŋk pɔrəχ lɔj-ə-l, itta ŋaŋk pɔrəχ il mŏrem-l pa śikəńśa itta pŏr-niŋ imi kim nawərm-l. kim nawərm-l pŏr-niŋ ewi: “ińki-niŋ, ińki-niŋ, χŏl măn-l-ə-n?” “χŏl măn-l-ə-m? ŏχ-ə-m χŏləś pit-l, śijəś măn-l-ə-m.” “ja śitna ki, jăχa măn-l-a-mən.” jăχa susm-ə-l-ŋən, śi măn-l-ə-ŋən, śi măn-l-ə-ŋən, śikəńśa śiti mŭw-ə-t χŏl-li-j-ə-l-ə-t, śiti ur-ə-t χŏl-li-j-ə-l-ə-t. i niŋ-ə-l law-i-li-t-al: “inki-niŋ, inki-niŋ, χɔl-l-a-mən.” mɔś-niŋ-ij-el law-t-al: “mŏla-ji χɔl-l-ə-m-ə-n? χɔl-ti ki pit-l-ə-mən, pŏra ar χiś-ti pit-l. χɔl lit-l-ə-mən pa śiti-ji măn-l-ə-mən.” śikəńśa kŭl χŏti mŏla met ăs χŭnt tăj-ə-l? “măn-l-ə-mən ki, măn-l-a-mən.” śi măn-l-ə-ŋən, măn-l-ə-ŋən śikəńśa, imŏsaj-na χɔt pa χɔt ul-li-li-m-al. wɔtem ńŭk-i lăŋkəm χɔt lɔj-m-al.
    short long go-NONPST one-LOC road middle-0-3SG-LOC larch stump old:man stand-0-3SG larch stump stand-0-NONPST DP larch stump down bend-NONPST and DP that Por-woman woman out jump-NONPST out jump-NONPST Por-woman girl friend-woman friend-woman where go-NONPST-0-2SG where go-NONPST-0-1SG head-0-1SG to:where fall-NONPST to:there go-NONPST-0-1SG DP therefore if together go-NONPST-0-1DU together step-0-NONPST-3DU DP go-NONPST-0-3DU DP go-NONPST-0-3DU DP so land-0-PL be:exhausted-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST-0-PL so forest-0-PL be:exhausted-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST-0-PL one woman-0-NONPST say-0-IMPF-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG friend-woman friend-woman rest-NONPST-0-1DU Mos-woman-DIM-3SG say-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG what-TRANS rest-NONPST-0-1DU rest-NMLZ.IMPF if start-NONPST-0-1DU time many remain:behind-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST where want-NONPST-0-1DU and so-TRANS there go-NONPST-0-1DU DP devil how what SUPER sense DP have-0-NONPST go-NONPST-0-1DU if go-NONPST-0-1DU DP go-NONPST-0-3DU go-NONPST-0-3DU DP one-LOC house and house be-IMPF-IMPF-NMLZ.PF-3SG grey cover-PROPR roof house stand-NMLZ.PF-3SG
    short длинный идти-NONPST один-ЛОК road середина-0-3ЕД-ЛОК larch stump старик стоять-0-3ЕД larch stump стоять-0-NONPST DP larch stump down bend-NONPST and DP тот Por-женщина женщина из прыгать-NONPST из прыгать-NONPST Por-женщина girl другой-женщина другой-женщина где идти-NONPST-0-2ЕД где идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД голова-0-1ЕД to:where fall-NONPST to:there идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД DP therefore if together идти-NONPST-0-1ДВ together шаг-0-NONPST-3ДВ DP идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP так земля-0-МН be:exhausted-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST-0-МН так лес-0-МН be:exhausted-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST-0-МН один женщина-0-NONPST сказать-0-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД другой-женщина другой-женщина rest-NONPST-0-1ДВ Mos-женщина-ДИМ-3ЕД сказать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД что-TRANS rest-NONPST-0-1ДВ rest-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ if начать-NONPST-0-1ДВ время много remain:behind-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST где хотеть-NONPST-0-1ДВ and так-TRANS там идти-NONPST-0-1ДВ DP черт как что SUPER sense DP have-0-NONPST идти-NONPST-0-1ДВ if идти-NONPST-0-1ДВ DP идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP один-ЛОК дом and дом быть-ИМПФ-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД grey покрыть-ПРОПР roof дом стоять-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД
    She went a long or a short time, suddenly there stood an old larch stump in the middle of the path. There stood a larch stump. The larch stump bent down and suddenly the Por woman jumped out. The Por woman jumped out: “Friend, friend, where are you going?” “Where am I going? Where my eyes look, that’s where I am going.” “Well, fine, let’s go together.” They set off together. They walked and walked. The land came to an end, the woods came to an end. The woman said: “Friend, friend, let’s stop for the nigh.” The Mos woman said: “Why should we rest? If we rest, it will take up a long time. Let’s go where we want to go.” What, is she cleverer? “Let’s go, if we’re going.” They went and went, suddenly there stood a house.
  • wɔtem ńŭk-i lăŋkəm χɔt lɔj-m-al, jŏχi lăŋ-l-ə-ŋən pa want-i-l-lən pa śi χɔrpi năr-eŋən ul-l-ə-ŋən pa śi χɔrpi ul-ə-psi lampa. want-i-l-lən pa tăm χɔt pa niŋ neŋχuj tăj-ti χŏl-ə-l wek ănta. niŋ ănta. “ja χɔti wer-l-a, numəs-t-al. min-emən păr-t-emən lɔt tɔŋχa ta.” itta pŏr-niŋ imi al nawər-li-li-t-al, jiŋk jŭχ leśat-l-ə-ŋən tɔŋχa. imŏsaj-na ila χŭńl-ə-t χurl-ə-m kem-na kat χuj ari-man mɔś-man śi ji-t-an śat-l. ji-t-an śat-l, śikəńśa jŏχi lăŋ-l-ə-ŋən, lɔś-ə-n părkat-l-ə-ŋən, juŋk-ə-n părkat-l-ə-ŋən, jŏχi lăŋ-ti pit-l-ə-ŋən pa law-i-li-t-al ănti: “χɔt-emən jina mŏla tŭt epəl, law-ə-l ănti. min-emən tɔŋχa saj kawer-ti, min-emən tɔŋχa tŭtăl-li-ti neŋχuj-na peli jŏχət-s-aj-mən.” jŏχi lăŋ-l-ə-ŋən pa jina pa kat nări ɔləŋ-na kat niŋ ɔməs-l-ə-ŋən. kat niŋ ɔməs-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa i χuj-ə-l kŭr-l-al părkat-l, mŏlaj-na sŏχ-l-al eŋχ-ti pit-l pa want-i-li-j-ə-l pa: “ɔj beda, pŏr-niŋ! χŏti wer-l-a?” śikəńśa kŭr-l sukat-ti, jɔs-l sukat-ti năr-el pelək-na śi wŭns-ə-s. wŭns-ə-s, i χuj-ə-l mɔś-niŋ ɔməs-ti pelək-na, nawər-man, ńŏχəm-man măn-ə-mt-ə-s pa śikəńśa il ɔms-ə-mt-ə-s.
    grey cover-PROPR roof house stand-NMLZ.PF-3SG homewards enter-NONPST-0-3DU and see-FREQ-NONPST-SG.3DU and DP like bed-DU be-NONPST-0-3DU and DP like be-0-N similar see-FREQ-NONPST-SG.3DU and this house and woman person have-NMLZ.IMPF be:exhausted-0-NONPST forever not:be woman not:be DP how make-NONPST-PAS think-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG 1DU-ACC/DAT die-NMLZ.IMPF-1DU place DP here DP Por-woman woman only jump-IMPF-IMPF-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG water tree prepare-NONPST-0-3DU DP one-LOC evening star-0-PL go:out-0-NMLZ.PF after-LOC two man sing-CVB tell:tale-CVB come-NMLZ.IMPF-3DU hear-NONPST come-NMLZ.PF-3DU hear-NONPST DP homewards enter-NONPST-0-3DU snow-0-3DU brush:off-NONPST-0-3DU ice-0-3DU brush:off-NONPST-0-3DU homewards enter-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3DU and say-0-IMPF-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG DP house-1DU indeed what fire taste 1DU-ACC/DAT DP tea cook-NMLZ.IMPF 1DU-ACC/DAT DP light:fire-IMPF-NMLZ.IMPF person-LOC DP come-PST-PAS-1DU homewards enter-NONPST-0-3DU and indeed and two bed end-LOC two woman sit-NONPST-0-3DU two woman sit-NONPST-0-3DU and DP one man-0-3SG leg-PL-3SG brush:off-NONPST what-LOC hide-PL-3SG take:off-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST and see-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST and INTJ [trouble] Por-woman how make-NONPST-PAS DP leg-NONPST suffer-NMLZ.IMPF hand suffer-NMLZ.IMPF bed-3SG side-LOC DP approach-0-PST approach-0-PST one man-0-3SG Mos-woman sit-NMLZ.IMPF side-LOC jump-CVB run-CVB go-0-INCH-0-PST and DP down sit-0-INCH-0-PST
    grey покрыть-ПРОПР roof дом стоять-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД homewards войти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and видеть-ФРЕКВ-NONPST-ЕД.3ДВ and DP любить постель-ДВ быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP любить быть-0-N similar видеть-ФРЕКВ-NONPST-ЕД.3ДВ and этот дом and женщина человек have-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ be:exhausted-0-NONPST forever not:be женщина not:be DP как делать-NONPST-ПАС think-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД 1ДВ-АКК/ДАТ умереть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-1ДВ место DP здесь DP Por-женщина женщина only прыгать-ИМПФ-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД вода дерево приготовить-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP один-ЛОК вечер звезда-0-МН выйти-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ после-ЛОК два мужчина sing-КОНВ tell:tale-КОНВ прийти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ДВ слышать-NONPST прийти-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ДВ слышать-NONPST DP homewards войти-NONPST-0-3ДВ snow-0-3ДВ brush:off-NONPST-0-3ДВ ice-0-3ДВ brush:off-NONPST-0-3ДВ homewards войти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3ДВ and сказать-0-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД DP дом-1ДВ indeed что огонь taste 1ДВ-АКК/ДАТ DP tea варить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ 1ДВ-АКК/ДАТ DP light:fire-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ человек-ЛОК DP прийти-ПРОШ-ПАС-1ДВ homewards войти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and indeed and два постель конец-ЛОК два женщина сидеть-NONPST-0-3ДВ два женщина сидеть-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP один мужчина-0-3ЕД нога-МН-3ЕД brush:off-NONPST что-ЛОК прятать-МН-3ЕД take:off-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST and видеть-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST and МЕЖД [trouble] Por-женщина как делать-NONPST-ПАС DP нога-NONPST suffer-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ рука suffer-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ постель-3ЕД сторона-ЛОК DP approach-0-ПРОШ approach-0-ПРОШ один мужчина-0-3ЕД Mos-женщина сидеть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ сторона-ЛОК прыгать-КОНВ бежать-КОНВ идти-0-ИНХ-0-ПРОШ and DP down сидеть-0-ИНХ-0-ПРОШ
    There stood a house with a grey roof. The house with the grey roof stood, they went into the house and saw benches there and other things. They looked, but people had stopped living in the house, there was no one at all, no women. What shall we do? She thought. “This place is apparently meant for us.” The Por woman jumped and they prepared water and firewood. Suddenly, when the evening stars were going out, they heard two people coming with tales and songs. They heard them coming. They entered the house, brushed off the snow, brushed off the ice, came into the house and said: “Our house smells like firewood. Somebody has come to us to make tea and carry firewood.” They came into the house and really, on the edge of two benches there were sitting two women. Two women were sitting. One man shook the snow off his legs, undressed and looked: “Oh, it’s trouble! The Por woman! What shall I do? With heavy arms and legs he went up to the bench. He went up and the other man went up on the other side, jumping and leaping, to where the Mos woman was sitting and sat down.
  • il ɔms-ə-mt-ə-s pa śikəńśa itta χuj-ŋən law-i-li-j-ə-l-ŋən ănti ătti: “jeləś ul-ti jŏχt-ə-m niŋ-ŋən ki, law-t-al, ăn ɔmt-a-tən, litit ɔmt-a-tən pa mɔjl-ə-l-uw ki mɔjl-ə-l-uw, tɔnl-ə-l-uw ki tɔnl-ə-l-uw.” ittam ăt-ə-t jeləś li-ti ɔməs-s-ə-t ɔməs-s-ə-t pa śikəńśa itta mɔś-niŋ teli-ji litit pŏn-ə-s pa păsaŋ-l nemŏsa śir-na ăn χŏl-ə-l. itta pŏrniŋ ul-ti pelkəl-na śikəńśa pa litit pŏn-ə-m-ə-l, itta păsaŋ-l pa χŏl-ə-m-l pa iśi kŭr-ə-n-na pŏn-l-ə-lli pa χŏl-ə-m-l śikəńśa. at-ə-t ul-li-l-ə-t tɔŋχa, χătl-ə-t ul-li-l-ə-t tɔŋχa. i χɔj-ə-l pela law-ə-l itta ănti: “ma tămi pil-na ul-ti pit-l-ə-m ki, nŭsa-ji śi ji-l-ə-m. nemŏsa ăn tăj-ti pit-l-ə-m ilampa. ma litit-l-am ăsa śi li-l-aj-ə-t.” nu śikəńśa, itta χuj-ə-l tɔŋχa law-ə-l: “ma χŏti wer-l-em? năŋ ăj-en ki śiməś. jeləś ul-ti ăj-en tɔŋχa śiməś pa ma năŋ-en ńɔt-ti χŭnti werit-l-em?”
    down sit-0-INCH-0-PST and DP DP man-DU say-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST-3DU DP DP ahead be-NMLZ.IMPF arrive-0-NMLZ.PF woman-3DU if say-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG vessel set-IMP-2DU food set-IMP-2DU and feast-0-NONPST-1PL if feast-0-NONPST-1PL celebrate-0-NONPST-1PL if celebrate-0-NONPST-1PL DP thing-0-PL ahead eat-NMLZ.IMPF sit-PST-0-3PL sit-PST-0-3PL and DP DP Mos-woman full-TRANS food put-0-PST and table-3SG nothing way-LOC NEG be:exhausted-0-NONPST DP Por-woman be-NMLZ.IMPF side-LOC DP and food put-0-INCH-0-PST DP table-3SG and be:exhausted-0-INCH-NONPST and same leg-0-3DU-LOC put-NONPST-0-SG.3SG and be:exhausted-0-INCH-NONPST DP night-0-PL be-IMPF-NONPST-0-3PL DP day-0-PL be-IMPF-NONPST-0-3PL DP one man towards say-0-NONPST DP DP 1SG this:one companion-LOC be-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-1SG if poor-TRANS FOC come-NONPST-0-1SG nothing NEG have-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-1SG perhaps 1SG food-PL-1SG all FOC eat-NONPST-PAS-0-3PL INTJ DP that man-0-3SG DP say-0-NONPST 1SG how make-NONPST-SG.1SG 2SG luck-2SG if such ahead be-NMLZ.IMPF fate-2SG DP such and 1SG 2SG-ACC/DAT help-NMLZ.IMPF when can-NONPST-1SG
    down сидеть-0-ИНХ-0-ПРОШ and DP DP мужчина-ДВ сказать-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST-3ДВ DP DP вперед быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ прибыть-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ женщина-3ДВ if сказать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД vessel set-ИМП-2ДВ еда set-ИМП-2ДВ and feast-0-NONPST-1МН if feast-0-NONPST-1МН celebrate-0-NONPST-1МН if celebrate-0-NONPST-1МН DP вещь-0-МН вперед есть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ сидеть-ПРОШ-0-3МН сидеть-ПРОШ-0-3МН and DP DP Mos-женщина full-TRANS еда положить-0-ПРОШ and стол-3ЕД ничего way-ЛОК НЕГ be:exhausted-0-NONPST DP Por-женщина быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ сторона-ЛОК DP and еда положить-0-ИНХ-0-ПРОШ DP стол-3ЕД and be:exhausted-0-ИНХ-NONPST and same нога-0-3ДВ-ЛОК положить-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД and be:exhausted-0-ИНХ-NONPST DP ночь-0-МН быть-ИМПФ-NONPST-0-3МН DP день-0-МН быть-ИМПФ-NONPST-0-3МН DP один мужчина в:направлении сказать-0-NONPST DP DP 1ЕД this:one товарищ-ЛОК быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-1ЕД if poor-TRANS ФОК прийти-NONPST-0-1ЕД ничего НЕГ have-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-1ЕД perhaps 1ЕД еда-МН-1ЕД весь ФОК есть-NONPST-ПАС-0-3МН МЕЖД DP тот мужчина-0-3ЕД DP сказать-0-NONPST 1ЕД как делать-NONPST-ЕД.1ЕД 2ЕД luck-2ЕД if such вперед быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ fate-2ЕД DP such and 1ЕД 2ЕД-АКК/ДАТ помогать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ когда can-NONPST-1ЕД
    He sat down and the men said: “If you women who came want to keep on living here, put out cups, put out food, let’s feast, let’s make merry! These men sat down in the house to eat. The Mos woman put out lots of food and her table found no end. The Por woman also put out food on the side she was at, but her table found an end. She put out [food], but it soon came to an end. They lived like this, days passed. One man said to the other: “If I live with her, I will become poor. I will have nothing. All my food has been eaten.” The other man said: “What can you do, if that’s your fate. If it’s your fate to live at home like this, how can I help you?”
  • imŏsa pŏraj-na wan ul-l-ə-t χŭw ul-l-ə-t pa śikəńśa nŏməs wŭ-l. wŭ-l-ə-t χuləm neŋχuj tɔŋχa. śi pŏr-niŋ im-el jŭχ jăχ-ti ewəlt nŏməs wer-l-ə-t pa śikəńśa mɔś-niŋ-iji law-t-al ănti: “śiməś nŏməs wer-l-uw pa śikəńśa ătti. ma ătti apś-em χŏśa ătti apś-em kăs-t-ə-ti-ji jăχ-l-ə-m. lŭw pa jŏχi tăχa tăj-ə-l ki, jŏχi at jăŋχ-ə-l. kat niŋ together măn-l-ə-mən.” nu śikəńśa, imŏsa χătl-ə-t jŏχət-s-ə-t pa itta taś ur ewəlt jŏχəś ăkət-s-a. jŏχi ăkət-s-a pa śikəńśa śi kir-s-aj-ŋən kălaŋ-ə-t-na. kir-s-aj-ŋən pa śikəńśa lel-ə-m-ti pit-l-ə-ŋən. lel-ə-m-ti pit-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa law-ə-l: “serək al lel-ə-mt-a-tən, law-ə-l ătti. ma, law-ə-l, tŭta jus kŭtəp-na niŋ-en laj-l-ə-llam. ma, law-ə-l, ɔlŋəś măn-l-ə-m pa, law-ə-l, niŋ weləś măn-ti pit-l-ə-ti.”
    once time-LOC short be-NONPST-0-3PL long be-NONPST-0-3PL and DP mind take-NONPST take-NONPST-0-3PL three person DP DP Por-woman woman-3SG tree walk-NMLZ.IMPF from mind make-NONPST-0-3PL and DP Mos-woman-DIM sat-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG DP such mind make-NONPST-1PL and DP DP 1SG DP DP younger:brother-1SG to DP younger:brother-1SG seek-TR-0-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS walk-NONPST-0-1SG 3 and homewards place have-0-NONPST if homewards OPT walk-0-3SG two woman together go-NONPST-0-1DU INTJ DP once day-0-PL arrive-PST-0-3PL and DP herd forest from homewards gather-PST-PAS homewards gather-PST-PAS and DP DP harness-PST-PAS-3DU reindeer-0-PL-LOC harness-PST-PAS-3DU and DP sit-0-INCH-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3DU sit-0-INCH-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3DU and DP say-0-NONPST right:away NEG sit-0-INCH-IMP-2DU say-0-NONPST DP 1SG say-0-NONPST there road middle-LOC woman-2SG stand-NONPST-0-PL.1SG 1SG say-0-NONPST ahead go-NONPST-0-1SG and say-0-NONPST woman right:away go-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-2PL
    однажды время-ЛОК short быть-NONPST-0-3МН длинный быть-NONPST-0-3МН and DP ум взять-NONPST взять-NONPST-0-3МН три человек DP DP Por-женщина женщина-3ЕД дерево идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ от ум делать-NONPST-0-3МН and DP Mos-женщина-ДИМ sat-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД DP such ум делать-NONPST-1МН and DP DP 1ЕД DP DP younger:brother-1ЕД к DP younger:brother-1ЕД искать-TR-0-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД 3 and homewards место have-0-NONPST if homewards OPT идти-0-3ЕД два женщина together идти-NONPST-0-1ДВ МЕЖД DP однажды день-0-МН прибыть-ПРОШ-0-3МН and DP herd лес от homewards собиратть-ПРОШ-ПАС homewards собиратть-ПРОШ-ПАС and DP DP harness-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ олень-0-МН-ЛОК harness-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ and DP сидеть-0-ИНХ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3ДВ сидеть-0-ИНХ-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP сказать-0-NONPST right:away НЕГ сидеть-0-ИНХ-ИМП-2ДВ сказать-0-NONPST DP 1ЕД сказать-0-NONPST там road середина-ЛОК женщина-2ЕД стоять-NONPST-0-МН.1ЕД 1ЕД сказать-0-NONPST вперед идти-NONPST-0-1ЕД and сказать-0-NONPST женщина right:away идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-2МН
    One day, after living a long or a short time, they thought. Three people thought. While the Por woman went for firewood, they were thinking and the Mos woman said: “Let’s think of something. I’ll go for my brother, to look for my brother. If he wants to come home, let him come, we two women will go together.” The day broke, the herd was taken home from the forest. They took them home and harnessed up the reindeer. They harnessed them up and started to seat themselves. They started to seat themselves, when he said: “Don’t sit down right away, I’ll wait for you here half-way. I’ll go ahead and you come along afterwards.” The men went on skis and the women remained.
  • itta χuj-ŋən śikəńśa lŏχ-l-an χɔjəl-man măn-l-ə-ŋən pa itta niŋ-ŋən χiś-l-ə-ŋən. itta χuj-ŋən śi măn-ə-m-l-ə-ŋən. lɔr-na jŏχət-l-ə-ŋən. lɔr-na jŏχət-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa wet mɔŋχ nŏχ suχt-ə-l-ŋən. wet mɔŋχ nŏχ suχt-ə-l-ŋən pa śikəńśa. itta niŋ-ŋən jŏχət-l-ə-ŋəŋ. itta niŋ-ŋən jŏχət-l-ə-ŋən, ătti măn-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa jina pa jɔχ-l-an śiti lɔj-l-ə-ŋən. śiti lɔj-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa itta pŏr-niŋ śi seŋk-l-a śi seŋk-l-a, śi seŋk-l-a śikəńśa. itta pŏr-niŋ lapət as mɔŋχ-na kir-l-a pa śikəńśa itta mɔś-niŋ-iji nawi χɔpti-l-al nŏχ kir-s-ə-lli, ɔχt-ə-s pa śi măn-ə-s. śi măn-ə-s śikəńśa. itta pŏr-niŋ itta mɔŋχ-l-al-na, itta χɔpti-l-al-na nŏχ wŭ-s-aj-ə-t. seŋk-s-a, seŋk-s-a, uχəl lipi-na lăsk-ə-s-a pa śikəńśa itta as mɔŋχ-l-al-na śiti śi tu-l-a. śikəńśa nuləm ŭw-ə-l: “ŏmlep wŭs lăp, lăp, lăp, lăp! ŏmlep wŭs lăp, lăp, lăp, lăp!” itta pŏr-niŋ imi śikəńśa itta mɔŋχ-l-al-na ŏmlep wŭs χŭwat iləś tăχa śăltəm-l-a i et-m-ə-l-ə-t. itta mɔś-niŋ ari-man mɔś-man măn-l pa it-ij-el śăməlt-ə-m lɔt-ə-l-na jŏχət-l-ə-t.
    that man-DU DP ski-PL-3DU put:on-CVB go-NONPST-0-3DU and that woman-DU fall:behind-NONPST-0-3DU that man-DU FOC go-0-INCH-NONPST-0-3DU lake-LOC arrive-NONPST-0-3DU lake-LOC arrive-NONPST-0-3DU and DP five rat up pick-0-NONPST-3DU five rat up pick-0-NONPST-3DU and DP that woman-DU arrive-NONPST-0-3DU that woman-DU arrive-NONPST-0-3DU DP go-NONPST-0-3DU and DP indeed man-PL-3DU so stand-NONPST-0-3DU so stand-NONPST-0-3DU and DP DP Por-woman FOC strike-NONPST-PAS DP strike-NONPST-PAS DP strike-NONPST-PAS that Por-woman seven river rat-LOC harness-NONPST-PAS and DP DP Mos-woman-DIM white reindeer-PL-3SG up harness-PST-0-SG.3SG, let:down-0-PST and DP go-0-PST DP go-0-PST DP DP Por-woman DP rat-PL-3SG-LOC DP reindeer-PL-3SG-LOC up take-PST-PAS-0-3PL strike-PST-PAS strike-PST-PAS sled inside-LOC throw-0-PST-PAS and DP DP river rat-PL-3SG-LOC so FOC bring-NONPST-PAS DP still shout-0-NONPST ice:hole opening close close close close ice:hole opening close close close close DP Por-woman woman DP DP rat-PL-3SG-LOC ice:hole opening along downwards there sink-NONPST-PAS and emerge-INCH-0-NONPST-0-3PL DP Mos-woman sing-CVB tell:tales-CVB go-NONPST and brother-DIM-3SG bury-0-NMLZ.PF place-0-3SG-LOC arrive-NONPST-0-3PL
    тот мужчина-ДВ DP ski-МН-3ДВ надеть-КОНВ идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and тот женщина-ДВ fall:behind-NONPST-0-3ДВ тот мужчина-ДВ ФОК идти-0-ИНХ-NONPST-0-3ДВ озеро-ЛОК прибыть-NONPST-0-3ДВ озеро-ЛОК прибыть-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP five rat вверх pick-0-NONPST-3ДВ five rat вверх pick-0-NONPST-3ДВ and DP тот женщина-ДВ прибыть-NONPST-0-3ДВ тот женщина-ДВ прибыть-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP indeed мужчина-МН-3ДВ так стоять-NONPST-0-3ДВ так стоять-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP DP Por-женщина ФОК strike-NONPST-ПАС DP strike-NONPST-ПАС DP strike-NONPST-ПАС тот Por-женщина семь river rat-ЛОК harness-NONPST-ПАС and DP DP Mos-женщина-ДИМ белый олень-МН-3ЕД вверх harness-ПРОШ-0-ЕД.3ЕД, let:down-0-ПРОШ and DP идти-0-ПРОШ DP идти-0-ПРОШ DP DP Por-женщина DP rat-МН-3ЕД-ЛОК DP олень-МН-3ЕД-ЛОК вверх взять-ПРОШ-ПАС-0-3МН strike-ПРОШ-ПАС strike-ПРОШ-ПАС sled inside-ЛОК бросать-0-ПРОШ-ПАС and DP DP river rat-МН-3ЕД-ЛОК так ФОК принести-NONPST-ПАС DP все:еще кричать-0-NONPST ice:hole opening close close close close ice:hole opening close close close close DP Por-женщина женщина DP DP rat-МН-3ЕД-ЛОК ice:hole opening вдоль downwards там sink-NONPST-ПАС and emerge-ИНХ-0-NONPST-0-3МН DP Mos-женщина sing-КОНВ tell:tales-КОНВ идти-NONPST and брат-ДИМ-3ЕД bury-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ место-0-3ЕД-ЛОК прибыть-NONPST-0-3МН
    The men went off. They got to the lake, got to the lake, they puled out five rats. They pulled out five rats and then the women arrived. The women arrived, they went and, really their men were standing there. They were standing there, and they beat the Por woman, beat, beat, and beat her. The Por woman was harnessed up with seven rats, but the Mos woman harnessed up white reindeer, let herself down and left. She left. The rats, the stags took the Por woman. They beat her, they beat her, and threw her into the sled and the rats took her off. She screamed: “Ice-hole opening, close, close, close, close!” The rats sank her down through the opening of the ice-hole and jumped out. The Mos woman went on with tales and songs, she wen and arrived at the place were she had buried her brother.
  • wan tɔŋχa ăn ɔmt-i-li-j-ə-l, χŭw tɔŋχa ăn ɔmt-i-li-j-ə-l pa met iśi ătti it-ij-el χŏśa ăn ɔmt-i-li-m-al χŭwat ewəlt uχəl lip-el met iśi śi χɔrpi teli-ji lel-t-ə-m pa jŏχəś tăχa ari-man mɔś-man măn-l ik-el pela ătti. jŏχi jŏχət-l pa śikəńśa uχəl śuŋχ-l-al wal-em-ə-l-li pa śikəńśa turəm sɔt wɔj-na, turəm sɔt sŏχ-na uχəl lip-el tukn-i-li-j-ə-m. śikəńśa ittam tɔŋχa law-i-li-j-ə-l: “ma it-ij-em tɔŋχa tum turem-na u-l tɔŋχa, law-ə-l, tăm arat mɔjl-ə-psi il pit-ə-m neŋχuj ewəlt χŏti śi tŭw-m-em” itta χuj śikəńśa kas-li pŭs-li sus-i-li-j-ə-l. “imŏsa ăt-en pa χŏl măn-ə-s?” “imŏsa ăt-em, law-ə-l, ŏmlep wŭs χŭwat tup śăltəm...” nu śikəńśa, itta χuj law-i-li-j-ə-l ănti: “jăm śi, law-ə-l, tălta ul-ə-m jis-na tup, law-ə-l, neŋχ-et, law-ə-l, śi sărən-na păr-ti pit-l-ə-t. śit śal u-s, law-ə-l. kŭl-ə-t χŏti, law-ə-l, χŏl-ti pit-l-ə-t.” śi śŭń-ə-l χul-ə-l jel ul-mit-s-ə-t. vśŏ, χăl-ə-s.
    short DP NEG sit-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST long DP NEG sit-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST and SUPER same DP brother-DIM-3SG to NEG sit-0-IMPF-NMLZ.PF-3SG along from sled inside-3SG SUPER same FOC like full-TRANS sit-TR-0-NMLZ.PF and homewards place sing-CVB tell:tales-CVB go-NONPST old:man-3SG towards DP home arrive-NONPST and DP sled corner-PL-3SG look-INCH-0-NONPST-SG.3SG and DP sky hundred animal-LOC sky hundred hide-LOC sled inside-3SG be:filled-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NMLZ.PF DP DP DP say-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST 1SG brother-DIM-1SG DP that sky-LOC be-NONPST DP say-0-NONPST this much feast-0-N down fall-0-NMLZ.PF person from how FOC bring-NMLZ.PF-1SG that man DP joy-CAR pleasure-CAR step-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST one thing-2SG and where go-0-PST one thing-1SG say-0-NONPST ice:hole opening along just sink INTJ DP that man say-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST DP good DP say-0-NONPST from:here be-0-NMLZ.PF time-LOC say-0-NONPST person-PL say-0-NONPST DP death-LOC die-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3PL so sorry be-PST say-0-NONPST devil-0-PL how say-0-NONPST be:exhausted-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3PL DP wealth-0-3SG prosperity-0-3SG forward live-INCH-PST-0-3PL [all] die-0-PST
    short DP НЕГ сидеть-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST длинный DP НЕГ сидеть-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST and SUPER same DP брат-ДИМ-3ЕД к НЕГ сидеть-0-ИМПФ-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД вдоль от sled inside-3ЕД SUPER same ФОК любить full-TRANS сидеть-TR-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ and homewards место sing-КОНВ tell:tales-КОНВ идти-NONPST старик-3ЕД в:направлении DP home прибыть-NONPST and DP sled corner-МН-3ЕД смотреть-ИНХ-0-NONPST-ЕД.3ЕД and DP небо стоянка животное-ЛОК небо стоянка прятать-ЛОК sled inside-3ЕД be:filled-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ DP DP DP сказать-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST 1ЕД брат-ДИМ-1ЕД DP тот небо-ЛОК быть-NONPST DP сказать-0-NONPST этот много feast-0-N down fall-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ человек от как ФОК принести-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-1ЕД тот мужчина DP радость-КАР pleasure-КАР шаг-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST один вещь-2ЕД and где идти-0-ПРОШ один вещь-1ЕД сказать-0-NONPST ice:hole opening вдоль только sink МЕЖД DP тот мужчина сказать-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST DP хороший DP сказать-0-NONPST from:here быть-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ время-ЛОК сказать-0-NONPST человек-МН сказать-0-NONPST DP death-ЛОК умереть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3МН так sorry быть-ПРОШ сказать-0-NONPST черт-0-МН как сказать-0-NONPST be:exhausted-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3МН DP wealth-0-3ЕД prosperity-0-3ЕД forward жить-ИНХ-ПРОШ-0-3МН [весь] умереть-0-ПРОШ
    She did not sit for a long or a short time, while she sat by her brother, her sled was loaded up full as it were and she went back to her husband with tales and songs. She arrived home and looked at the corners of the sled. The bottom of the sled was filled up to the sky with a hundred animals, with a hundred hides. She said: “My little brother lives in another sky, I brought this many gifts from my departed brother.” The man was going without concern. “And where did that one get to?” “That one fell through the opening of an ice-hole.” The man said: “Fine, starting from now people will die with their own fates. The demons will be gone.” And they started living on happily. That is all. She died.