;af h? wls frhPmrPg xhakfg
wls;kbbZ. akv/D kw fmmshakrfakZ ;wadh akfeg wuv ;hv ka; UwfakZ falD
fd3 kalb uwfa;i. wj/ kmc ;ke fvuZ ;al szZ> akrhfwg ;ke 8fsqakZ>
sAfe? ls ;rmhr5g. sa5m?rc l8alD lv wla; snfD kw h? alD ;f qmmwfakZ
ls fjsnfeZ ls xhhakfg falD fd3 UPaf qr diuvmcD kw uv ;h akv? ls
fuwfakZ. kw h? a;y fkel/Z ;ke uy3Z kwh? ls fdshuZ ka; Eq3i ls hP
snfeg w8 uv ;PmUPvZ Eq3i ls fdshuZ. ;keuy3Z 5hv ;E5akfhKZ ka; dU
almZ ;fEevZ ;levZ a;ylPjduD alaf5ig jvsD ;jy8Z wh? fsseZ ka; Eq3i
;alk/sZ jP8D ;hvPeZ. kwh? ;rk/sZ. jhrvg jyPk/sD UPvq/akD krvig 8uv
kfQq krvo wls flPknJdZ wh? a;y flPmrhafjdH a;y fld8sueZ ka; Eq3i.
Uro ;ldH kF EP? rh/wD
r?uD h? 3rrhaxaka5D aka;y ehrg w8 qfU?fakah seng flduakZ a;u kuD
fal l/bD. wuv ;h uds fldH.
kw 5aU kuZ kw ;E5bfhKZ
kw j/ wd ;chg> d;fhS
lng wd qralieakcD la; wcvg fk/wPZ EvS kw lchD> kmD ;semahH kmc ;/fxmahZ
kw h? ;f alf qjq zrdg
kw uv x/g ;d5eg kw uv ha8 fke semahH wuv x/g ls ;d5eg w8a; uv fsemahH>
ue? 5hv ;akakchw 5ualieZ. kw8 uv fsa5 ldh83akZ fr kldhKfalah ehhS
fr lP r3hxeZ kw uv 3eD ;kelrnbD. kw h? ue? 5hv ;akakchw 5ualieZ
wj/ ;f ;alrhda;Z kedM 3rlPq3akcD 83D qr rhda;bmD lh/wvalD kw lchS.
wj/ wd flrnZ>
slfD flevvs85Z ke jq levvs85bD wa; 5aU".
ke l?afalieZ ;af wd sqalie kq dh? lv k/ wd eakakchD sa5 lrn. fef
rlPIvmcD la; dDh fkll?feakg fmm?a3fdakyg mrZ la; qrlevvs85akmcD>
kw wd kuD a;q k55ualieZ. wuv wd Waf ;rhda;Z wuv wd ;d5eg 3buZ ja;e
jwqwS. wkw 5aU kuD kdrlP lPIeg. wla; wd kuD 5aU ;ke a;a;chw 5ualieZ
5ng. wh? wd fsa5lrnZ. fef uv dng frq mm?a3fdakg sakZ fjq ssrmm?a3fdakg
jq levvs85bD wla; wd kuD 5a; kdr jq qlPIeg kw uv wd kdr 5ualieZ.
racP? lv ;af dakZ kdjqalieZ wevg wd kdrjq5ualieZ fef lh?alD 8flfe8D
fkfirD fd3 jq levvs85bD kw lrn. kw uv wd a;q5ualieZ. wuv wd a;qld5eg
ja;e fr jqalieZ kw uv ;d5eg ja; frk/wZ 5hv ue? ;5ualieZ wuv ;f ;rhdakZ
kw wd Wa5 lrnZ fefwd fwPfsg 8flfD qlevvs 85bD. wla; kw 5aU ;af wd
kdalieZ ssrfsakD jE 8flfe8D wjEa;eakD fak alTfsg 8flfe8D kw ja;eakD
flhg wkw 5aU kdalieZ kw wdak k/ qke 5ualieZ qkelPIeZ kwuv ;PalieZ.
3yha;D wd fjq k5eg. wl8 ;rrhdakZ ;rrhasZ jEa;eakD jvsD jhrafD.
kw h? flvZ le jvsD.
EP? wvn/ ;rrhasZ ehrg kuq j/ 5ukesD fall/bD a;y. ;af h? rfalhsalD
lh? keD 3lPq3bD r?uD lh? nhsD 3ledD kw j/ qfU?fakah lra;eakg seng
flduakZ q/J?fakah. ;af lh? alD ;f nhsD fledD wfalD fr Es3 fruxIiD.
wja; flvZ jEa;eakD jvsD.
wh? ja; fjq kbg rqkal
alhs3alD kw fjqleZ kuEq? fr5eS rq2k ;af wd fhhS wd rss. wls fjqeg
UPg sidlfeg fk5g wja; ;e?hwkbg jepa;alD ryky 3rusyiZ wka; kePee
r?uD ja; lPfr5hg wd nhg jalhsvalD. kyf h? wh? ka; e?hS ;kuZ la;
wfd falux85g EvS WafZ usyialeg fuxIbg.
When the serpent thrown
Iyash towards the shore he landed on the sandy shore of the mainland.
He did not get hurt. As he looked around he noticed fresh tracks
of a fox around the beach. That was the only thing that he could
see. There were no other tracks around or anyone to be seen. Iyash
started to walk from the shore toward the bush. Once he got to the
top of the land he saw standing close by a mudookwan, a sort of
a shelter in the shape of wigwam that native people made for a home.
There was smoke coming from the mudookwan. But, except for the fox
tracks, there were no tracks in the sandy shore or signs of life
that may be living in the mudookwan. Without hesitating, Iyash walked
straight to the mudookwan and entered. There he saw sitting on the
floor was an old woman. She was by herself. Iyash was hungry. The
old woman invited Iyash in and asked him to sit along beside her.
Iyash had this comfortable feeling of having arrived at his grandmother's
place. The old woman began preparing food as a grandmother would
for her grandson who just arrived. She had for Iyash one small slice
of meat served on a very small pot. She took a long stick, picked
up the small pot with the stick, and set it beside Iyash and said,
"Here grandson. Here
is your supper that I have prepared for you. If you can empty my
pot then you will surpass all the gods that are lined along the
way on your journey".
Iyash was very hungry.
"This is such a measly
portion that she is serving me. Grandmother did not give me enough",
he thought to himslef as he shoved the one small slice of meat into
Iyash looked in the pot
and there inside the pot was another slice of meat. He ate that
and looked in the pot again. Sure enough there was another slice.
He kept on eating until he was very full but there was always another
piece in the small pot. He was so full he began to wonder how and
what he could do to empty the pot. He said to himself,
"I wish my stomach was
the size of a wolf stomach".
All of a sudden he was
no longer full. In fact, he was a bit hungry so he began eating
again. But soon he began to feel a very full stomach. As he was
eating he wondered out loud if it would be possible to have a stomach
as big as a big pond. As soon as he had finished saying those words
it happened again. He no longer felt satiated. So he began eating
again and this time he ate a little longer. But he could not seem
to finish the meal. There was always another slice of meat in the
pot. Soon he began to feel full again. This happened over and over.
His stomach continued to grew larger to the size of a small lake,
then to a large lake. As he ate he began to feel full again. He
was determined, however, to finish the meal that had been offered
to him. Slowly, he reached into the small pot to pick up the next
piece. But, his hand touched an empty bottom. Surprised, he looked
into the pot. There was nothing in the pot. He had finished the
pot of meal.
The old woman looked
at him and she said, "Grandson, you have finished my pot. Well done.
But you still have a long and difficult journey ahead of you. I
will prepare you and teach you what need to know. If you follow
what I say, you will pass and overcome the gods along the way. If,
however, you do not follow what I say, you will not last long on
This is why the teachings
of the elders exists. This is where it comes from and where it fits
into the world. This is why the youth are asked to respect the elders,
their father and mother. And again this is also in the bible. This
is the only way the native people will survive as a people. To respect,
listen and follow the teachings of the elders. And the road that
we travel today, which is sometimes difficult, is the same road
that Iyash was given.