Tradition of the ?nE'mgês.
(Dictated in 1900.)
One morning the women were wailing in the house, while the men were out fishing. Since many people had died, the sound of wailing was heard in every house. Suddenly a voice was heard louder than all the wails of the women:
"X*aâ' x*aâ' x*aâ' x*aâ'! At that time formerly I was to be taken aboard the canoe by him who had me for his princess; but now I have only empty orbits in the house, and holes at the bottom (of the orbits) in the house; I who was formerly to be taken aboard the canoe by him who had me for his princess."
The women ceased wailing when they heard this song, for the words they heard seemed strange to them. They tried to find out where the song came from. Finally they discovered on the floor of the house a skull which was singing. They took it back to the graveyard. It must have rolled down from a tree, and fallen right into the house.