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Eulodia Dagua, "Why I Wake Up the Tree to Harvest Its Medicine."
From interviews by Tod D. Swanson
Pastaza Quichua text with English translation.
Cite video as:
Tod D. Swanson, 'Eulodia Dagua, "Why I Wake Up the Tree to Harvest Its Medicine."' Youtube video. 1:13. October 17 , 2015. https://youtu.be/lsxrfPNWxAI
Eulodia Dagua, Why you wake up a tree before harvesting its bark. You knocked on the tree a little. Why did you knock on the tree a little? Well he... I wake him up to take (his bark) because the owner is sleeping. I wanted him to cure me. I wanted him to put (his breath) in this medicine. I woke him up thinking that if I take (his bark) while he is sleeping it wouldn't heal me. I wake him up to take it. In order to ask (him) to give it to me. Then he will. Just like they politely ask healers to blow their breath (on the medicine they give) that is just how I am taking (this medicine). Yes. That is why I knock (on the tree). He is a doctor. He is like a doctor. In the dream he is like a regular city doctor. That is why. He is a person so I wake him up to take it. Since he is like a doctor. If you wake him up he blows? Yes. He blows. Yes. And he will give you a shot too. He will give you pills. He will treat you. Or otherwise if blowing is what is needed he will blow. So as you see it he sleeps in the day? Yes of course. All trees sleep in the day. It is at night that they wake up. Yes they are asleep course. All trees sleep in the day. It is at night that they will wake up.
Ñankata kan ansa takakangi. Ima rasha ansa takakangi? Pay kuti, mashti... Likchachisha apawni pay amu puñushkawpi.Ambiwachun nisha kayma remedio churapachun nisha. Puñushkay apakpi mana ambiwangachu nisha. Likchachisha apawni. A aw. Chiwa raygu kuway nisha. Chi kuti payga brujuta imasnata rugasha pukurina anawn. Chasna kwinta payta apawni. A aw. Chi raygu takani ñuka. Paynaga kuti ñaa.. mashti doctormi a an payga Doctor shina. Awallacta kikin doctor shina mag an muskuivi kayga. Chiwa raygu chi kuti pay ña runa mawn pay chasna akpi likchachisha apawni. Doctor shina ak akpi. Likchachikpi pay pukun chita? Payga pukun kuti. Injecciónwas tuksiwanga. Remedio muyuwas kuwanga, ambiwanga. O dinoga pukuna akpi pukuwanga. An a. Y kan rikukupi payguna punzha puñunun? Enda ya. Puñunawn kuti. Tukuy ruyami punzhaga puñunawn. Tuta likcharingarawnguna.
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