May 9, 2013
Kenneth and Caroline Frank say that the name of the water bugs given to the blind man by his wife, chehtsi’, is a common metaphor used for someone who is always slow. In the BM&L story the wife goes down to the lake to fetch him a cup of water and is gone for a very long time. Kenneth and Caroline think that the metaphor for someone who is “slow” may have entered the Gwich’in language through this story. See in the book, Maggie Gilbert’s text, lines 137-155, p. 75 and p. 81.