Northern Khanty

The seven sisters and the wood grouse

This short Khanty folktale tells the story of seven sisters who, while picking berries in the forest, find seven wood grouse nestlings and eat them. When the wood grouse mother discovers this, it flies to the heavenly father and asks for revenge.

Recording: The story was recorded in Katravozh in 1990.

Speakers

  • lapət ewi ul-l-ə-t, lapət ewi śikəńśa. ta mureχ wɔś-ti pŏra ji-l, murəχ wɔś-ti măn-l. śɔrəs ŭlti. śi măn-l-ə-t, măn-l-ə-t śikəńśa, ur mŭw-na jŏχət-l-ə-t pa śikəńśa itta reχ ijul-na telna ijulti wertraj-ə-l telna mănlət, wertraj-ə-t teliji wɔś-l-ə-t. imŏsaj-na i jew-el jŏχət-l pa śikəńśa wan-man tăj-l-ə-lli, pŏlnəri pŏsχ-ə-t sijal-ə-l. pŏlnəri pŏsχ-ə-t sijal-ə-l pa śikəńśa wŭl-ə-t ewi law-i-li-j-ə-l: “dawaj tăm lapət pŏsəχ ul-m-al, dawaj lăpət pŏsəχ ăsa wŭ-l-luw. nik kawər-l-ə-lluw.” itta śikəńśa pŏlnəri purl-ə-l pa măn-l. itta ew-et măn-l-ə-t pa śi pŏlnəri pŏsəχ tŏχəl-l-al pŭt-na kawər-l-ə-t. jămsiji li-l-lal śikəńśa, itta pŏlnəri jŏχət-l pa śikəńśa kăns-em-ə-l-li pa pŏsəχ-l-al ăntam. itta lapət ewi ăsa nik kawər-l-aj-ə-t, li-l-aj-ə-t.
    seven girl be-NONPST-0-3PL seven girl DP [that] berry gather-NMLZ.IMPF time come-NONPST berry gather-NMLZ.IMPF go-NONPST sea across DP go-NONPST-0-3PL go-NONPST-0-3PL forest land-LOC arrive-NONPST-0-3PL and DP DP berry everywhere-LOC with everywhere [bucket]-0-3SG with go-NONPST-0-3PL [bucket]-0-PL full gather-NONPST-0-3PL one-LOC one sister-3SG arrive-NONPST and DP see-CVB have-NONPST-0-SG.3SG grouse young:animal-0-PL see-0-NONPST grouse young:animal-0-PL see-0-NONPST and DP big-0-PL girl say-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST [let’s] this seven young:animal be-NMLZ.PF-3SG [let’s] seven young:animal all take-NONPST-PL.1PL riverwards cook-NONPST-0-PL.1PL DP DP grouse fly-0-NONPST and go-NONPST that girl-3SG go-NONPST-0-3PL and DP grouse young:animal wing-PL-3SG pot-LOC cook-NONPST-0-3PL well eat-NONPST-PL.3PL DP that grouse arrive-NONPST and DP seek-INCH-0-SG.3SG and young:animal-PL-3SG not:be that seven girl all riverwards cook-NONPST-PAS-0-3PL eat-NONPST-PAS-0-3PL
    семь girl быть-NONPST-0-3МН семь girl DP [тот] berry собиратть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ время прийти-NONPST berry собиратть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ идти-NONPST море через DP идти-NONPST-0-3МН идти-NONPST-0-3МН лес земля-ЛОК прибыть-NONPST-0-3МН and DP DP berry everywhere-ЛОК с everywhere [bucket]-0-3ЕД с идти-NONPST-0-3МН [bucket]-0-МН full собиратть-NONPST-0-3МН один-ЛОК один сестра-3ЕД прибыть-NONPST and DP видеть-КОНВ have-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД grouse young:animal-0-МН видеть-0-NONPST grouse young:animal-0-МН видеть-0-NONPST and DP большой-0-МН girl сказать-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST [let’s] этот семь young:animal быть-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД [let’s] семь young:animal весь взять-NONPST-МН.1МН riverwards варить-NONPST-0-МН.1МН DP DP grouse летать-0-NONPST and идти-NONPST тот girl-3ЕД идти-NONPST-0-3МН and DP grouse young:animal wing-МН-3ЕД pot-ЛОК варить-NONPST-0-3МН хорошо есть-NONPST-МН.3МН DP тот grouse прибыть-NONPST and DP искать-ИНХ-0-ЕД.3ЕД and young:animal-МН-3ЕД not:be тот семь girl весь riverwards варить-NONPST-ПАС-0-3МН есть-NONPST-ПАС-0-3МН
    Once there lived seven girls, seven girls. The time came to gather berries, they went to gather berries. Across the sea. They went and went. They came to a wooded land, full of berries. They went with full buckets, they filled the buckets. Suddenly one girl came, looked, and saw wood grouse nestlings. She saw the wood-grouse nestlings and the older sisters said: “Come one, there are seven nestlings, let’s take all seven nestlings. We’ll cook them.” The wood grouse had taken wing and flown off. The girls went and roasted the wings of these nestlings in a pot. They ate them up and the wood grouse flew back and started to search, but there were no nestlings. The seven girls had cooked and eaten them.
  • śikəńśa itta pŏlnəri nŏχ purl-ə-l pa śikəńśa turəm aś-en χŏśa nŏχ jăŋχ-ə-l pa śiti śiti ul. “reχ wɔś-ti ew-et, law-ə-l, pŏsəχ-l-am lapət pŏsəχ ăsa liw-ə-m-ə-t. χŏti-ji, law-ə-l, lit-l? wer-ti-ji wer-ti-ji ma χŏti wer-ti?” itta turəm aśi śikəńśa lŭw pelaj-ə-l kerl-ə-l: “pa śiti χŏti śiti śi?” lŭw pa itta wɔt-ti wer-l pa śikəńśa ătti “as kŭtəp-na ăsa isŭkliji at χăl-l-ə-t.” itta śikəńśa itta lapət ewi śikəńśa nik lel-l-ə-t, măn-ti pit-l-ə-t. śi χɔrpi tewən, itta tewən-ni ji-l. as kŭtəp kem-na jŏχət-l pa śilta tak wɔt χɔj-ə-l pa śikəńśa isŭkliji śikəńśa śi itta isŭkliji χăl-l-ə-t. śikəńśa itta pŏlnəri śiməś ăj-ə-ŋ-na, piś-ə-ŋ-na jus telna śiti-ji măn-l ari-man mɔś-man, itta ewi-l-al ăsa χăl-l-ə-t.
    DP that grouse up fly-0-NONPST and DP sky father-2SG to up walk-0-NONPST and so so be berry gather-NMLZ.IMPF girl-PL say-0-NONPST young:animal-PL-1SG seven young:animal all eat-0-NMLZ.IMPF-0-PL how-TRANS say-0-NONPST want-NONPST make-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS make-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS 1SG how make-NMLZ.IMPF that sky father DP 3 towards-0-3SG turn-0-NONPST and so how so DP 3 and DP wind-TRANS make-NONPST and DP DP Ob middle-LOC all everything OPT die-NONPST-0-3PL DP DP that seven girl DP riverwards sit-NONPST-0-3PL go-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3PL DP like quiet that quiet-TRANS come-NONPST Ob middle after-LOC arrive-NONPST and then [so] wind catch-0-NONPST and DP everything DP DP DP everything die-NONPST-0-3PL DP that grouse such luck-0-PROPR-LOC [wealth]-0-PROPR-LOC road with so-TRANS go-NONPST sing-CVB tell:tale-CVB that girl-PL-3SG all die-NONPST-0-3PL
    DP тот grouse вверх летать-0-NONPST and DP небо отец-2ЕД к вверх идти-0-NONPST and так так быть berry собиратть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ girl-МН сказать-0-NONPST young:animal-МН-1ЕД семь young:animal весь есть-0-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-0-МН как-TRANS сказать-0-NONPST хотеть-NONPST делать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS делать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS 1ЕД как делать-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ тот небо отец DP 3 в:направлении-0-3ЕД turn-0-NONPST and так как так DP 3 and DP wind-TRANS делать-NONPST and DP DP Ob середина-ЛОК весь everything OPT умереть-NONPST-0-3МН DP DP тот семь girl DP riverwards сидеть-NONPST-0-3МН идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3МН DP любить quiet тот quiet-TRANS прийти-NONPST Ob середина после-ЛОК прибыть-NONPST and тогда [так] wind catch-0-NONPST and DP everything DP DP DP everything умереть-NONPST-0-3МН DP тот grouse such luck-0-ПРОПР-ЛОК [wealth]-0-ПРОПР-ЛОК road с так-TRANS идти-NONPST sing-КОНВ tell:tale-КОНВ тот girl-МН-3ЕД весь умереть-NONPST-0-3МН
    Then the wood grouse flew up and came to the heavenly father, that’s how it was. “The girls who gathered berries,” it said, “ate all of my seven nestlings. What am I to do?” Then the heavenly father turned to it: “How so?” He then made a wind: “Let everybody in the middle of the Ob die.” The seven girt down in the boot and got ready to push off. It was quiet, a stillness prevailed. They went as far as the middle of the Ob, sat down in the boat and got ready to push off. It was quiet, a stillness prevailed. They got as far as the middle of the Ob and then a strong wind arose and they all died. The wood grouse was happy and content and went along the path with songs and tales. The girls had all died.