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Mapaw Ako na Kanu Napnu du Vakag a Dinahuris
sung by Juana Cataluna

Mapaw ako na kanu napnu nu vakag
a nidutdut mo a dinahuri a machipaywayam
du nadpun a kadaisa mo a minaypanananud
nu mudag a inawa, inawa nu vatutuk,
paychalugisugitan nu pinatapatan
a vuhung nu tadina, a vuhung nu tadina;
nia pachiduvangi chu a nanaryo nu lasa
a inawa ko nu asi nu tugitngi
niladang ko nu mutin, ina nikarusan ko nu
pinsuan a tavayay duka di chu dulivan
ya mapaytanung sa huvid du putuhan
a nauri su madinay duyu kahenaken

© Juana Cataluna

I Have Become Lighter
translated by Florentino H. Hornedo

I have become lighter than a basket
of beaten cotton in the presence
of so many relatives all heavily adorned
with double necklaces of gold and precious beads;
heavy earrings of gold hung
like leaves upon their ears;
but I sit in their midst with a necklace of lasa seeds
interspersed with the humble seed of the tugitugi
and cheap green beads of glass, adorned with a cross
made of squash shell because I know not
how to tie properly a string around my neck,
which is the proper and decorous thing for a young
woman

From Laji: Anu Maddaw Ka Mu Lipus: an Ivatan Folk Lyric Tradition by Dr. Florentino H. Hornedo, published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 1997. Translated into English and reprinted with permission from Dr. Florentino Hornedo.

© Florentino H. Hornedo
     painting by Waway Linsahay Saway

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