Russell Ultan recorded oral histories, stories about the mythical trickster Coyote
and other infamous characters, as well as elicited vocabulary.
During his work with Elmer Smith, Leland Scott and Lena Martin,
Russell Ultan collected roughly 50 audio sessions, 40 of them stories.
Leland Scott is the storyteller. Listen to hear the cadence of the language.
The stories range from just a few minutes to roughly a half hour.
This is a random selection from the stories collection.
The entire audio collection is available HERE.
As part of the work on this project,
we analyzed two of these stories from transcription to translation.
We use references to these two stories throughout the lessons.
You will be able to choose to view the story at the sentence, word or component level. They have been parsed and glossed so that users can see the meanings and compare Konkow and English words and sentences.
is a little over 6 minutes long and contains 110 sentences.
It takes place under the bridge at Chico Creek.
A man is lost while swimming and eventually gets out, goes home and becomes a shaman.
We are working on an interactive version for the web,
and a storybook version.