48 Lessons

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August – Lesson 29

August is "Green Corn Ceremony Month".

The theme for this month is corn and vacation.

New Words

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to mature(or ripen)

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rows of corn

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a good crop

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dried sweet corn

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o:nʌstáse’ wʌhnitatati

month of new corn

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corn stalk

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Indian corn

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green corn

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you have planted

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I have planted

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yahakwa tewakʌtí:yo̲

my crop is not very good

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1. tsi' niwakahʌtí:yo ó:nʌste sanʌstayʌtho kʌ ni í:s̲e̲

I have a real good crop of corn, did you plant corn?

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2. hʌ́: nok tsi’ yahakwa tewakʌtí:yo̲

yes I did but it didn’t come up to good

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3. nʌ ki’ thoha á:utunisan ka’í:kʌ ó:nʌste̲’

the corn is almost ripe

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4. tetsyalu kwí: wakyʌtho kanʌhʌ:ta’ khále’ onʌhakʌláte̲’

I planted both kinds, sweet corn and Indian corn

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5. okni’í:se tetsyalu kʌ sayʌtho̲

and did you plant both kinds?

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6. né: ki’ ok ní: onʌhakʌ́:lat wakyʌtho̲

all I planted is Indian corn

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7. ʌtehsatekhunyá:na kwí: nʌ ʌwatunisán̲e̲’

you come over and eat when the corn gets ripe