How Birney Got the Name "Oevemanâheno"
by Elaine Strangeowl
Naa tséhekéto nánôhtsêstóvo hétóhe tséhmano'éévôse Oevemanâhéno
And my mother I asked her (about) this where they have a village, Scabby Place,
tséhestohe. Hénova'e tséohkêhésenêhestohe hétóhe Oevemanâhéno, náhéto.
as it is called. "Why is it called this Scabby Place?" I said to her.
Naa hákóke tótseha tsêhéóhe tséssáa'éemano'ééhévôse vo'êstaneo'o,
"Well, long ago here when the people did not yet have a village,"
éhevoo'o, netao'o háá'êe móméhaanonó'kevo'êstanéhevêhevóhe tsétóhe Oevemanaho,
she said, "All over far away they used to live by themselves, these Scabbies,
tséohkêhestóhese hétsetseha, naa tséssáa'éemano'ééhévôse, éhevoo'o.
as they are called now, and when they did not yet have a village," she said.
"It first used to be called Longfoot Town,
mó'ôhkeméhaahestóhehanéhe. Hetane nêhéóhe móhvo'êstanéhevêhéhe.
it used to be called that. A man lived there.
Móxhoháa'êstâhehéhe naa móhto'êsêhahtâhéhe. To'êsêhahtámâhóeve'ho'eno,
He was tall and he had long feet. Longfoot Town,
éohkeméhaa'ovóehestohe, éhevoo'o. Naa tsétóhe hetane móhnêheevéhehéhe
it first used to be called," she said. "And this man was named
Oevemana. Naa hétsetseha Oevemanâheno tsétaohkêhósêhestohe, éhevoo'o. Naa
Scabby. And now Scabby Place as it is again called," she said. "And
nêhe'xóvéva ésáa'éemâhóestovêhane hétsêhéóhe, éhevoo'o.
at that time there was not a town here," she said.
(Note: Birney is the most southern town on the Northern Cheyenne
Indian Reservation of Montana.)
This story was first published in the book Cheyenne Texts: An Introduction to Cheyenne Literature, copyright 1980, used here by permission.
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