Ah lah? - Collie asking the spiders where the people were hiding
THE LANGUAGE OF THE DEAD
Ah lah, him en tow - Collie talking to the coyote. It sits down.
Can ah wan me
Can de lach - "Are you thinking about God?" the cop asked. "There's no
God in Desperation...there's only can de lach." The heart of the
Can tah - little stone carvings, little gods
Can tah, can tak! - there are other gods than yours
Can tak - big gods
Can toi - "My children of the desert!" the cop said. "The can toi! What music they make!" Coyotes?
Cay de mun - open your mouth
dama - "the boy's dama started walking toward him" Father
damane - "as the dama embraced his damane" Son
Him en tow
ini - well of the worlds, Tak's place
me en tak - possessed of Tak
Mi him - the watchman's circle
Mi him, can de lach, mi him, min en tow. Tak! - "come to me. Come to
Tak, come to the old one, come to the heart of the unformed."
mi him can ini
Mi him, en tow! - our god is strong
Mi tow, can de lach - fear the unformed
Min! Min! Min en tow!
Os dam - derogatory term?
Os pa - derogatory term?
Os pa! Can fin!
si em, tow en can de lach - "we speak the language of the unformed"
So cah set! - an exclamation
Tak ah lah!
Tak a lah. Timoh. Can de lach. On! On! - Collie says and a buzzard
comes down and attacks Johnny.
Tak ah wan!
Tak ah wan! Tak ah lah! Mi him, en tow! - Talking to the spiders
timoh sen cah - certain low animals; wolves, coyotes, snakes, spiders,