Kumeyaay Creation Story by Ted Couro in ‘Iipay Aa

This is a short story about the creation, of the type told at funerals, narrated by Ted Couro in ‘Iipay Aa, the Mesa Grande dialect of the Kumeyaay language. Another version of this story appears in Florence Shipek’s Memorial to Ted Couro, in which the Creator tells people, “This dead person is already gone… Tomorrow, it may be you.”

The spelling and translation are a best guess and may contain errors. The translation is also not entirely literal. Audio is from a recording by Margaret Langdon, presented here for educational purposes.


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