Making a cedar rose

xute’um ’u tthu xpey’ sp’eq’um

Making a cedar rose

Sharon Seymour shows how to make a cedar rose while Ruby Peter explains it in Hul’q’umi’num’.

kwunut tthu yuse’lumat tl’eqt xpey’ sluwi’.
Take two long strips of red cedar bark.

nilh tthu sthumes: ni’ ch kwun’et tthu nuts’a’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s ’i’ tl’uw’ kwun’et tthu nuts’a’ ’u tthun’ si’a’lum’iw’s, ’un’s ’uw’ hwxutl’qut tthu yuse’lu.
Second, you take the one that in your left and also the one that’s in your right, and you cross the two pieces.

’i’ ’uw’ nilh tthu ni’ ’u tthun’ si’a’lum’iw’s yustslutsun’.
And then you have the one on your right on top.

tus ’u tthu slhihws: sus ’uw’ hwu’unwulh tthu ni’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s, ’u tthu ni’ lum’utuhw.
Step 3: Have the one on your left, of where you have folded it.

tus ’u tthu sxu’athuns: ni’ yath ’uw’ nilh tthu ni’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s yuhul’mutuhw ’u tthu ni’ stl’pal’we’lh.
Fourth step: It’s always the one on the left that’s you fold over the one on the right.

ni’ hwu stslutsun’ sus ’uw’ hwu st’e ’u kw’ yuse’lu tthu stl’pal’we’lh ’u tthu tl’e’luqt.
You fold the top and that’s the long one in a V-shape.

’i’ yuse’lu tthu stslal’we’lh tl’ululuts’ ’i’ mukw’ nuw’ sht’ut’xequn’.
And the two short ones are on the left. And they are also in a V-shape.

sus ’uw’ st’e ’u kw’ wil’ tthu thi smeent.
And that becomes like a mountain, the one on the top.

tus ’u tthu slhq’etsuss: p’uli’ tulstuhw tthu yuse’lu tl’ululuts’, xults’t tthu yuse’lu tl’ululuts’ xwte’stuhw tthun’ si’a’lum’iw’s.
Step five: Join the two short ones together and twist the two short ones towards your right.

’uwu ch kwukwe’tuhw.
Don’t ever let it go.

tus ’u tthu st’xums: yuse’lu tl’e’luqt sluwi’ ’i’ nilh tthu stslutsun’ ni’ lum’utuhw.
Step six: The two long strands, the top one is what you fold over.

ni’ ’u tthun’ si’a’lum’iw’s lum’ut yu stslutsun’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s.
The one in your right hand, fold it over to be on the top of the one in your left.

’i’ nilh tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s ni’ ch sulut, nem’ ch tl’e’ wulh qul’et lum’ut tthu sluwi’.
And it’s the one on your left you roll, and you again fold the cedar bark.

’i’ nem’ ’uw’ usup’ ’ul’ ’i’ nilh ’uw’ sht’es kwun’s yususul’ut tthu ni’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s.
And it goes to the end and you are always rolling the one on your left.

tus ’u tthu stth’a’kwuss: ’i’ nilh tthu ni’ ’u tthun’ stth’kwu’iw’s ni’ ch hwulukw’t.
Step seven: And it’s the one on your left that you wrap around the stem.

nem’ ch tslhaqwt ’u tthu hwun’a’ ni’ shni’s kwun’s ni’ hwulukw’t ’un’s nem’ ’uw’ tqwut.
And you push it through where you started to wrap around and then you tighten it.

ni’ ch ’uw’ suq’suq’ut ’ul’ kwthu ni’ tslhaqwtuhw.
Then you can split all the ones that you have done.

’un’s ’uw’ kwunut tthu tth’um’q’tun ’i’ tth’um’q’t kwthu ni’ tl’e’luqt, me’sh tun’ni’ ’u tthun’ syaays.
And then you take the scissors and cut off the long ends from your work.

ni’ hay. ni’ hwu sp’eq’um. hay ch q’a.
The end. Now you have a flower. Thank you.


Cedar Rose demonstration by Sharon Seymour.

Hul’q’umi’num’ translation and voice by Ruby Peter.

Hul’q’umi’num’ transcript by Kevin Bätscher and Donna Gerdts.

Video by Heather Harris.

Sound editing by Heather Harris.

Video production by Essa Gierc and Heather Harris.