How Birney Got the Name "Oevemanheno"

by Elaine Strangeowl

     Naa tshekto nnhtsstvo hthe tshmano'vse Oevemanhno 
     And my mother I asked her (about) this where they have a village, Scabby Place,

tshestohe.  Hnova'e tsohkhsenhestohe hthe Oevemanhno, nhto.
as it is called.  "Why is it called this Scabby Place?" I said to her.  

     Naa hkke ttseha tshhe tsssa'emano'hvse vo'staneo'o, 
     "Well, long ago here when the people did not yet have a village," 

hevoo'o, netao'o h'e mmhaanon'kevo'stanhevhevhe tsthe Oevemanaho, 
she said, "All over far away they used to live by themselves, these Scabbies, 

tsohkhesthese htsetseha, naa tsssa'emano'hvse, hevoo'o.  
as they are called now, and when they did not yet have a village," she said.  

M'hkemhaa'ovenhesthehanhe To'shahtmheve'ho'eno, 
"It first used to be called Longfoot Town, 

m'hkemhaahesthehanhe.  Hetane nhhe mhvo'stanhevhhe.  
it used to be called that.  A man lived there.  

Mxhoha'sthehhe naa mhto'shahthhe.  To'shahtmheve'ho'eno, 
He was tall and he had long feet.  Longfoot Town, 

ohkemhaa'ovehestohe, hevoo'o.  Naa tsthe hetane mhnheevhehhe 
it first used to be called," she said.  "And this man was named 

Oevemana.  Naa htsetseha Oevemanheno tstaohkhshestohe, hevoo'o.  Naa 
Scabby.    And now Scabby Place as it is again called," she said.  "And 

nhe'xvva sa'emhestovhane htshhe, hevoo'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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