Framing a Story


Framing your Hul’q’umi’num’ story
Tips from Delores Louie

Here are some ways to get started telling a story.

tun’a kweyul ‘uhwiin’ tse’ ‘ul’ kwthunu squal’qwul’ kwthu ni’ tse’ ts’its’elhumutuhw, nilh tse’ kwu’elh ta’ultuhw ‘u tun’a hul’q’umi’num’ sqwal.
Today I’m going to give you a little story to listen to, so that you can learn Hul’q’umi’num’.
tthunu sqwul’qwul’ nilh tse’ kwthu yuxwule’
This story is going to be about eagle.
‘u kw’un’a wulh hith
A long time ago…
kwthu sqwaqwul’s kwthu s’ul’eluhwtstulh
Our grandparents used to say…
‘u kwthey’ nuts’a’ skweyul
One day…
kwthu ‘uhwiin’ nu sqwul’qwul’ nus yuthustalu ‘u kwthey’ nuts’a’ skweyul
I’m going to tell you a short story about that one day when…
tun’a kweyul ‘uhwiin’ tse’ ‘ul’ kwthunu sqwul’qwul’ kwthu ni’ tse’ ts’its’elhumutuhw, nilh tse’ kwu’elh ta’ultuhw ‘u tun’a hul’q’umi’num’ sqwul.
Today I’m going to give you a little story to listen to, so that you can learn Hul’q’umi’num’.

Here are some things to say when you are finishing off your story.

‘uw’ nexun’ ‘ul’ ‘u tthey’.
This is the end.
nilh ‘uw’ sht’es ‘ul’ kwthunu sqwul’qwul’.
This is all I have to talk about.
hay ch kwu’elh tl’lim’ ch ‘uw’ hwiyuneem’ ‘u tun’a ‘uhwiin’ sqwul’qwul’ ‘u tun’a hul’q’umi’num’ sqwul.
Thank you for listening to this short story in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language.
he’ nuw’ st’e ‘ul’ ‘u kwthey. ni hay. hay ch q’u.
Okay, this is it. I’m done. Thank you.
hay tseep q’u kw’un’s ‘i hwiyuneem’ ‘u tthunu sqwul’qwul’. hay tseep q’u.
Thank you all for listening to me. Thank you.
hay ch kwu’elh tl’lim’ ch ‘uw’ hwiiyuneem’ ‘u tun’a ‘uhwiin’ sqwul’qwul’ ‘u tun’a hul’q’umi’num’ sqwal.
Thank you for listening to this short story in the Hul’q’umi’num’ language.