Words of the Patagonians: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta Part 6

Words spoken by the Patagonian Giant Paulo
aboard the Trinidad, transcribed by Antonio Pigafetta.

Antonio Pigafetta: That giant whom we had in our ship told me those words; for when he, upon asking me for capac, that is to say, bread, as they call that root which they use as bread, and oli, that is to say, water, saw me write those words quickly, and afterward when I, with pen in hand, asked him for other words, he understood me. 

… All [these] words are pronounced in the throat, for such is their method of pronunciation.


Words of the Patagonian giants.

For Headher
for Eyeother
for Noseor
for Eyebrowsocchechel
for Eyelidssechechiel
for Nostrilsoresche
for Mouthxiam
for Lipsschiahame
for Teethphor
for Tongueschial
for Chinsechen
for Hairarchiz
for Facecogechel
for Throatohumez
for Occiputschialeschin
for Shoulderspelles
for Elbowcotel
for Handchene
for Palm of the handcaimeghin
for Fingercori
for Earssane
for Teatothen
for Bosomochij
for Bodygechel
for Penissachet
for Testiclessacancas
for Vaginaisse
for Communication with womenjo hoi
for Thighschiane
for Kneetepin
for Rumpschiaguen
for Buttockshoij
for Armmaz
for Pulseholion
for Legscoss
for Footthee
for Heeltere
for Ankleperchi
for Sole of the footcaotscheni
for Fingernailscolim
for Heartthol
for to Scratchgechare
for Cross-eyed mancalischen
for Young mancalemi
for Waterholi
for Fireghialeme
for Smokegiaiche
for Noehen
for Yesrey
for Goldpelpeli
for Lapis lazulisecheg
for Suncalexcheni
for Starssettere
for Seaaro
for Windoni
for Stormohone
for Fishhoi
for to Eatmechiere
for Bowlelo
for Potaschanie
for to Askghelhe
Come herehai si
for to Lookchonne
for to Walkrey
for to Fightoamaghce
for Arrowssethe
for Dogholl
for Wolfani
for to Go a long distanceschien
for Guideanti
for Snowtheu
for to Coverhiani
for Ostrich, a birdhoihoi
for its Eggsjani
for the powder of the herb which they eatcapac
for to Smellos
for Parrotcheche
for Birdcagecleo
for Misiglionisiameni
for Red Clothterechae
for Capaichel
for Blackainel
for Redtaiche
for Yellowpeperi
for to Cookyrocoles
for Beltcatechin
for Goosecache
for their big DevilSetebos
for their small DevilsCheleule

Editor's Note: Ferdinand Magellan and his Armada de Molucca were the first Europeans to encounter the "Patagonian giants," whom chronicler Antonio Pigafetta described as so tall that "we reached only to his waist." Europeans on later voyages, including Sir Francis Drake's in 1579, also reported this race of giants living along the Patagonian coast (modern-day Argentina). The giants were likely Tehuelches, an indigenous people in the region. 

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Series: Magellan Chronicler Antonio Pigafetta Describes the Patagonian Giants

Part 1. First Contact Patagonia: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 1

Part 2. Giants and Guanacos: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 2

Part 3. Giant John: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 3

Part 4. How to Capture Patagonian Giants: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 4

Part 5. Culture of the Giants: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 5

Part 6. Words of the Patagonians: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 6

Part 7. Journey's End: Magellan and the Patagonians, Pigafetta 7

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