Gathering Cedar


Sht’es kwun’s ‘aluxut tthu sluwi’
How to harvest cedar bark

1. Vocabulary

xpey’ red cedar
‘aluxut harvest
sluwi’ cedar bark
p’uli’ outer bark
lhits’ut slice it
sqw’qwum axe
t’umut pound it
sikw’ut peel it
t’uqw’tuqw’ut cut it up into pieces
thi shuptun big knife
tsa’t pull off a layer
lhqw’at take bark off, pull something off of something
nuts’emutth’ one strip
lum’lum’ut fold (more than one)
sul’im’ folded

 

2. Sentences

(1) kws hwun’a’s yukw’ukw’usthut ‘i’ ni’ wulh ‘aluxut tthu sluwi’.
When it starts warming up is when you gather cedar bark.
(2) lhits’ut ni’ ‘u tthu tl’itl’up’.
Slice down below.
(3) nilh tthu shqw’qwum ni’ hakwushuhw kwun’s ni’ t’umut.
You’ll use the axe to pound it.
(4) thuyt tthu ni’ tse’ shni’s tthun’ tselush.
Prepare where your hands will go.
(5) ni’ hwusaay’ kw’un’ sikw’ut.
Now you’re ready to peel.
(6) ha’ ch sikw’ut ‘i’ nem’ tsakw kws xwchenum.
When you pull it off, it runs far (up the tree).
(7) ni’ t’uqw’t’uqw’utus tthu sluwi’ ‘aalhstuhwus ‘u tthu snuhwulh.
They cut up the bark to load it on the truck.
(8) nilh ‘un suw’ lhqw’at tthu p’uli’s.
And then you take the outer bark off.
(9) shuptun tthu ni’ ha’kw ‘un’s lhqw’at tthu p’uli’s.
You’re going to use a knife to remove the outer bark.
(10) qux syaays kwun’s thuyt tthu sluwi’, ‘ayum syaays.
It’s a lot of work to get the inner bark ready, the work is slow.
(11) tl’qet tthu sluwi’.
The bark is long.
(12) lum’lum’ut st’e ‘uw’ niihw qw’umxwust ttthu sluwi’.
Fold the bark into bundles.
(13) ‘e’ut tthu nuts’emutth’ sul’im’ sluwi’.
Here’s one folded strip of cedar bark.
(14) ‘e’ut tthu ni’ wulh lumlumut sluwi’.
Here is cedar bark that has been folded.
(15) qux ni’ wulh hwsaay’ sluwi’ sun’iw’ ni’ ‘u tthu t’umuw’luch.
There’s a lot of cedar ready inside the container.