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How The Mountains Were Created

as told by Paula Castillo
to her son Felipe S. Molina

Hakwo ketun Itom Ae Mariata into Jesusta inim bwiapo am ho'ako ian um Hiak bwiapo wa huya ania kaita kawekantea. Senu taa'apo Jesus Itom Aetau o'omtek hita betchibosu humaku'u. Jesus Itom Aeta tehwak ke apo au hoarata tosimbaetia. Itom Ae intok hiokot au hia ka sim'i'akai. Apo ala haibu au tuten huya aniau bicha webaekai. Itom Ae into as asoawa sak tuhta nuteriak. Itom Ae uka sak tuhta bemela, ka haitimachi tahorimpo as bihtariak hunakbea ili kutat a sumak Jesusta henomet a weiyane betchibo.

Jesus bea bota nuka huya aniapo weamak. Haiki taeweimpo apo huya aniapo weamka hunaksanbea ume tahorim siutitaitek. Hunama ili siutiapo a sak tusi yeu wotitaitek um bwiau kom bicha. Huna sak tusi hunak bwiau kom wotekame san ume kawim ian itom bicha'um.

When Our Mother Mary and Jesus lived on Earth in the present day Yaqui country the wilderness was without mountains. One day Jesus got mad at Our Mother for some reason. Jesus told Our Mother that he was going to leave home. Our Mother tried to discourage him from leaving. His mind was already set on going so he readied himself for the departure into the wilderness. Our Mother prepared her son some lunch, which was sak tusi (cornmeal). Our Mother put the sak tusi in a new clean cloth and tied it into a bundle on a stick so that Jesus could carry it on his shoulders.

Jesus left on his journey and wandered in the wilderness. For many days he traveled in the wilderness and his cloth bundle began to tear. From this small tear the sak tusi began to spill out onto the ground. So all the sak tusi that fell to the ground at that time are now the mountains we see today.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 211.
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