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Timestamps by Title
Pod Intro 0:00-0:50
Episode 6 Intro 0:51-1:12
A little about nicknames... 1:13-1:50
No Pressure Refresher from Village 1, House 1 1:51-3:17
Village 1, House 2 begins 3:18-6:01
Making questions 6:02-8:00
Animal game 8:01-11:45
Episode Outro 11:46-12:19
Full Transcript [closed caption]
✨Pod Intro 0:00- 0:50
Welcome to Episode 6 of the Yurok Tribe Language Program's "Yurok in 20!" Podcast. The purpose of this podcast is to provide a space for Yurok language learners to listen to elder audio, follow along with short lessons, practice speaking and listening to the Yurok language, and touch upon culture as it relates to what we're learning. Each episode will be under 20 minutes, so please join us as you're cleaning, working out, or driving to work, and make sure to check the show notes to find more resources for the episodes. Cho' saa'-a-go-che'-moh! Let's speak Yurok together.
✨Episode 6 Intro 0:51-1:12
In Episodes 2-4 we completed Village 1, House 1 of the Village Learning Pathway. Congratulations! We took a short break in Episode 5 to learn a few songs that have been developed for teaching Yurok language over the years. Here in Episode 6, we're moving on to Village 1, House 2, where we'll learn a little bit about nicknames.
✨A little about nicknames... 1:13-1:50
Have you ever stopped to think about all the people in your life that you know by something other than their government name? If you're in Indian Country, where nicknames are a common way to address people, it's likely that quite a few people came to mind. Their might even be a few that you've known all your life by their nickname alone. In our second episode we discussed how traditional naming works for Yurok People and how our names evolve as we grow and take on new experiences and responsibilities. I tend to think of nicknames as a carryover from that understanding, or a natural extension of that process, allowing us to better express our personalities and relationships with others in a more meaningful way.
✨No Pressure Refresher from Village 1, House 1 1:51-3:17
Let's rewind with a No Pressure Refresher from Village 1, House 1, where we learned how to express our names and ask the names of others. Remember, when you hear this tone [repeat tone] it's a signal to repeat what you've just heard. Let's get started.
I am called [repeat tone] 'new
you are called [repeat tone] k'ew
he/she/it is called [repeat tone] 'wew
What am I called? [repeat tone] Kues 'new?
What are you called? [repeat tone] Kues k'ew?
What is he/she/it called? [repeat tone] Kues 'wew?
How do you say it? [repeat tone] Kues soo hey-go-lem'?
I don't know [repeat tone] 'ey-lekw
You can revisit Episodes 2-4 to learn House 1 again, slower and in more detail.
✨Village 1, House 2 begins 3:18-6:01
Now that we've had a No Pressure Refresher from Hosue 1, let's begin House 2. Remember, when you hear this sound [necklace sound] you're about to hear an elder speak. The first word you're going to hear is wey-ge-noy-ek' "I'm known as" [necklace sound] wey-ge-noy-ek' ('aa-wokw Florence Shaughnessy). You're turn. Repeat after the tone [repeat tone] I'm known as, wey-ge-noy-ek' (x3). 'New Brittany, wey-ge-noy-ek' Brit. Now it's your turn. Remember to replace Brittany with your name and Brit with your nickname. 'New Brittany. Wey-ge-noy-ek' Brit. Skue-yen' let's move on.
You are known as [repeat tone] wey-ge-noy-em' (x3)
You are called [repeat tone] k'ew
You are known as [repeat tone] wey-ge-noy-em'
Remember that Yurok doesn't have gender in the 3rd person so you can say he, she, or it is known as [repeat tone] wey-ge-nee' [necklace tone] wey-ge-nee' (elders). Wey-ge-nee (x3)
He/she/it is called [repeat tone] 'wew. He/she/it is known as [repeat tone] wey-ge-nee'.
✨Making questions 6:02-8:00
In Yurok, there are four ways to make a question. In House 1, we learned one of those ways: kues. If you add kues to wey-ge-noy-ek' you're changing what you're saying from "I am known as" to "What am I known as?" It becomes a question. Let's try it out now. What am I known as [repeat tone] Kues wey-ge-noy-ek' (x3). What am I called? [repeat tone] Kues 'new? (x3) What are you known as? [repeat tone] Kues wey-ge-noy-em'? (x3) What are you called? [repeat tone] Kues k'ew? (x3) What is he/she/it known as [repeat tone] Kues wey-ge-nee'? (x3) What is he/she/it called [repeat tone] Kues 'wew? (x3)
✨Animal game 8:01-11:45
Let's finish this episode off with a little game. I'm going to play a sound and then I'm going to ask you Kues soo wey-ge-nee'? What do they call it? What's it known as? See if you can identify the noises. All the sounds in this round will be animals or birds, so it'll go a little something like this [cat noise] Kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] it's your turn to speak. I'll leave a little time for you to think about it, and then you can answer with cat wey-ge-nee'. After that, I'll teach you the Yurok word for that animal and then give you a chance to answer again. Pue-see. Pue-see wey-ge-nee'. [Cat noise] Kues soo wey-ge-nee' [answer tone] [pause] 'eee, pue-see. Pue-see wey-ge-nee'. Chyue kee pyuer-keyr-ee'-moh. Let's play.
[dog noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] dog wey-ge-nee'. mey-gokw, a barking dog. Mey-gokw wey-ge-nee'.
[dog noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] 'eee, mey-gokw wey-ge-nee'. (x2)
[chicken noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] Chicken wey-ge-nee'. Chee-kee wey-ge-nee'.
[chicken noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] 'eee, chee-kee wey-ge-nee'.
[horse noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] horse wey-ge-nee'. Mue-lah. Mue-lah wey-ge-nee'.
[horse noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] 'eee, mue-lah wey-ge-nee'. (x2)
[eagle noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] bald eagle. per-geesh. Per-geesh wey-ge-nee'.
[eagle noise] kues soo wey-ge-nee'? [answer tone] [pause] 'eee, per-geesh wey-ge-nee'.
✨Episode Outro 11:46-12:19
Skue-yen'. I hope you had a really good time here in Episode 6 and learned some good vocabulary that will be helpful as you start to conversate. Join us in Episode 7 to do a full No Pressure Refresher of everything you've learned up to this point.
To’ kee tey-ge-rew! “We’ll talk (again)”
[‘Eyk-s’os, Huen-keyk’-s’os outro song]