Dazhootsoo

Told by: 
Kenneth Frank

Dazhootsoo. 

Deenaadai’ vadzaih zhik gwa’an vadzaih iłchuu, 

adan t’ee gwitee gwa’an dhichii, neech’an’ee giiyahnyaa.

Vadzaih nahchuu gwizhit hakiitthak tr’iitthak. 

“Yaaha’ k’ii’ee!” nyaa varahnyaa. 

Aii vadzaih iłchuu kwaii tr’aatł’it gwahtsik giiyahnyaa tł’ee geh’at gwa’an chan zhyaa,

zhyaa nahak ts’ą’ izhik gwa’an ch’a’aa varahnyaa. 

Yaaha’ t’ishizhik iindhan kwaa. 

Łyaa vadzaih kwaii shoo ahtsii kwaa giiyahnyaa.

Izhik geh’an zhik vadzaih nan’ee kwaii, giik’oh kat gwa’an giiyuudrii. 

Aii geh’an Dazhootsoo vak’oh kal gwanlii varahnyaa. 

Jyaa reh gwinyaa.

The Skinny Yearling Bull Caribou
Translated by: 
Crystal Frank, Kenneth Frank, and Craig Mishler
Transcribed by Crystal Frank

That skinny yearling bull. 

Long ago when the other caribou were sleeping,

they say Dazhoo Tsoo would sleep among them and trick them. 

Whenever the caribou fall asleep, he jumps up and says,

“Look what’s coming!” they say. 

That makes all the other caribou jump up and take off. 

In the meantime, Dazhoo Tsoo would just start eating nonchalantly, they say,

like he didn’t say anything to anybody. 

He made all the other caribou really unhappy. 

That’s the reason why the caribou that he fooled scratched his neck. 

So that’s why Dazhoo Tsoo has a bare neck, they say. 

That’ s all they said. 

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