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Where Hummingbirds Come From
Háád66’ Dahit9hii Deit’ááh

bilingual Navajo-English Where Hummingbirds Come From

Translated by Elliot K Bryant

It was a cold winter day. The snow was falling outside and grandmother was in her chair by the fireplace.

Haigo ‘abini deesk’áázgo ha’íí’3. Tł’óó’di ńchíilgo kǫ’ k’eh biighah dahsidá.

She had that far away look she gets sometimes. I crawled up into her lap hoping for a story.

Łahgóó bąąh ntsídíkees jidéez’99’ łeh. Hane’ ła’ shił hodoolne nsingo bitsék’eegi bikáá’di eeshna’.

She wrapped her arms around me and said, "When I was a little girl just like you, my grandmother told me about some magic waters."

Shił náschid áádóó ani, “ ’At’eed yázhi nishłíí yééd33’ ni’íigi nisht’éego, shimásání tó ‘alííl baa ‘aho’niilne’.

Grandmother smiled at me and asked, "Would you like to hear what she had to say?"

Shimásání shich’į’ bił hozhǫǫd áádóó na’shi’níiłkid, “Hane’ ła’íish bee nił nááhashne’?”

Oh boy, I thought, as I eagerly shook my head yes. This is just what I was hoping for.

Hágoshéé, niiz99’, sitsiits’iin nséłmaz ‘aoo dishníigo. Dii báá nóósiyee99í’.

This is the way my Grandmother told me.....

Díigi ‘ahót’ao shimásání shił holne’….

“It was the time of the new beginning, when the leaves burst open on the trees, and flowers start to blossom. In a meadow, up in the mountains, near the cabin where I was born, a babbling brook appeared out of nowhere.

Bitł’áahdid33’, tsin bit’ąą’ dadínéesá áádóó ch’ilátah hózhóón da’iitsoii. Haltsooígóó, dził bigháágóó,

nihighan biighadi shi’dizhchí tó haazna’ háadéé’ sh99 yadjiłtį’ nahalin.