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Lenape Talking Dictionary

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By Lenape WORD or PHRASE

Traditional Stories

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Na Òkwës Òk Na Chëmamës Achimëwakàn
English
The Fox and The Rabbit Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean
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Kwëti Wehixamukèsi Achimëwakàn
English
One Wehixamukès Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1968
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Pili Wehixamukèsi Achimëwakàn
English
A Different Wehixamukès Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1968
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Këkhìtkil Hùnt Na Xanikw
English
Squirrels Were Said To Be Huge . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1977
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Nushhùkòwën Ta Ni
English
I Am An Icicle . . . Told by Annie Brown Parks in 1971
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Wèwtënëwèsi Achimëwakàn
English
The Wèwtënëwès Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1967. [This is sometimes called the Mermaid Story.]
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Lenape
Xkweyok Enta Naxkuhëmënt Enta Këntkahtit
English
Origin of the Delaware Woman Dance - Part One . . . Told by Lillie Hoag Whitehorn (1902 - 1994) to Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer in 1977. Lillie was a member of the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma (now The Delaware Nation), and she was half Caddo.
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Lenape
Xkweyok Enta Naxkuhëmunt Enta Këntkahtit - 2
English
Origin of the Delaware Woman Dance - Part Two . . . Told by Lillie Hoag Whitehorn (1902 - 1994) to Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer in 1977. Lillie was a member of the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma (now The Delaware Nation), and she was half Caddo.
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Lenape
Weòpsichik Pèchi Witawsumku
English
Origin of White People . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Nicholas Shoumatoff in 1977.
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Na Ahchinkxat Skixkwe
English
The Stubborn Girl. . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1968.
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Nèk Ansisktayèsàk
English
The Seven Sisters (the Pleiades) . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer in 1967.
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Lenape
Ni Ta Nkàski Sukëlanhe
English
I Can Make It Rain. . . Told by Freddie Washington to Bruce Pearson in 1971.
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Lënuwa Kiikàmaok Pèthakhuweyok
English
A Man Visited The Thunder Beings. . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Nicholas Shoumatoff in 1977
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Na Chëmamës Eluwènsit
English
What The Rabbit Said . . . Told by Martha Ellis to Ives Goddard in 1966. Martha was a member of the Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma (now the Delaware Nation).
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Lenape
Kukhusëwim
English
Origin of Kukhusëwim . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Nick Shoumatoff about 1976. This is an abbreviated version of a longer story about the origin of the American Bittersweet vine (Celastrus scandens). The sections in italics are parts from the longer version of the story which were not recorded on audio when told.
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Mwekaneyok òk Tëmeyok
English
The Dogs and the Wolves . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in May 1976 to Carrie Briggs, a student of linguistics in Bruce Pearson's class at the University of South Carolina. Interestingly, this story theme appears in many tribes' folklore in various forms as a way to explain why dogs smell each other when they meet.
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