Navaho Houses, pages 469-518 eBook

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  Qojonli co[.g]an
  May it be delightful my house;

  C[)i]ts[)i]’dje qojonli
  From my head may it be delightful;

C[)i]kece    qojonli
To my feet     may it be delightful;
Ciyace      qojonli
Where I lie   may it be delightful;

  C[)i]kig[)i] caltso qojonli
  All above me may it be delightful;

  C[)i]na caltso qojonli
  All around me may it be delightful.

He then flings a little of the meal into the fire, saying—­

  Qojonli hoce c[)i]ko[ng]
  May it he delightful and well, my fire.

and tosses a handful or two up through the smoke hole, saying—­

  Qojonli Tci[ng]hanoai c[)i]ca nai[)i]cni’
  May it be delightful Sun (day carrier), my mother’s ancestor,
                                                  for this gift;

  Qojonli nacale co[.g]an
  May it be delightful as I walk around my house.

Then two or three handfuls of meal are sprinkled out of the doorway while he says—­

Qojonli             ca[)e]’cin            c[)i]ca
May it be delightful  this road of light,     my mother’s ancestor.

The woman then makes an offering to the fire by throwing a few small handfuls of meal upon it, and as she sprinkles it she says in a subdued voice—­

  Qojonli c[)i]ko[ng]
  May it be delightful my fire;

Qojonli caltcini caltso yahoce
May it be delightful for my children; may all be well;

Qojonli cibeacan caltso yahoce
May it be delightful with my food and theirs; may all be well;

caltso c[)i]nalgeya yahoce colel’
All my possessions well may they be made
(that is, may they be made to increase);

caltso c[)i]l’i[ng] yahoce colel’
All my flocks well may they be made (to increase).

When a hogan is built for a woman who has no husband, or if the husband is absent at the time, the wife performs all these ceremonies.  In the absence of white cornmeal, yellow cornmeal is sometimes used, but never the cqac[)i]ci[ng] cocl[)i]’j, the sacred blue pollen of certain flowers, which is reserved exclusively for the rites of the shaman.

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