Prayer While Away
The translations are rough. I'm sorry, but rough is about all you will be able to get with Apache. The thought processes and meanings are hard to explain. When I'm on the rez and working mostly in that language I have to make a conscious effort to purge my mind of English thoughts. They just get in the way.
This was taught to me by the great haattallii, biyi'siziini oyih (soul flyer) or, as he is better known, Silas.
si'zi' bìyì' éd yùd hiljij di' di' isza'ni' tc'ìndíi
(I dance inside a circle of men and women they say)
ìs' à'nà yáii éhd yùd á lzà tc'ìndíi
(long life inside a circle is made they say)
bìyì' éd yùd híljìj 'ìs' à' nà yái tc'ìndíi
(inside our circle dances long life they say)
yèxáidèlà gò dèyà keh'èh gòjó zeeh tsálit' tc'ìndíi
(having been prepared, he walks, friends, they say)
Á bìtct'ìd bìt'á ná ná ni sì tsòz
(underneath the blanket rests mother earth)
nùgùstst'án biìká' dé'ìi tc'òdàsdjà í
(on top of the earth our people are gathered about)
bìyá tì'jòoní bìnàltsé kè'es jòoní' bìdlùk jòoní
(their talk, good, their thoughts, good, their laughter beautiful)
bínàltzé' 'it'à'dá' jò dídòbé' óltà'gò'
(their wealth is of all kinds, good, uncountable)
yèxáidèlà gò dèyà tc'ìndíi
(having been prepared, he walks, they say)
djùnà' ái bè bì' ò' gùnòyè ì' yèh
(sun beside them, before them, forms mirage)
bi'ò gùnòyè gò' deyàh tc'ìndìi
(mirage forms before them as they walk they say)
a'iìs' à' nàyáii ke'èh gòjógò' yèxáidèlà gò dèyàh tc'ìndíi
(long life, good, is their, having been prepared, he walks, they say)
Hishash aaii diji jooni tek'eh naas aannii.
(walk in beauty my friends)
ilch'eh gont'eehi beeh noh whiich'iil
(peace be with you all)
ya'll take care. play nice.
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