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Làpi Pili Wehixamukèsi Achimëwakàn

Another Wehixamukes Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer in 1968.
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Here again is a Wehixamukes story.
Lenape:
Yushe làpi Wehixamukèsi achimëwakàn.
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One time when these Delaware men went hunting
Lenape:
Kwëtèn ènta alaihtite nèki Lènapeòk;
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men; and Wehixamukes went along with them.
Lenape:
lënuwàk òk na Wehixamuxès wìchi wite.
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They walked in a forest near a prairie
Lenape:
Enta shinkèk pëmëskaneo kixki mëkëkèk
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(and) suddenly the leader stopped.
Lenape:
wixkawchi na nikanixink lìnu nòkihëlan.
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Pointing to the north he said, "There are some of the enemy tribe.
Lenape:
Luwaneyunk linxke luwe, "She nèk awènhakeyòk.
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We will stay hidden and perhaps they will not see us."
Lenape:
Kàntahpihënàch tamse màta nèhkuwiwënanàk."
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Wehixamukes said, "You people wait for me! Let me
Lenape:
Naka Wehixamukèsa luwe, "Pèhikw! Lëhapa ni
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play a trick on those Indians."
Lenape:
mikwihawkch nèki awènhakeyòk."
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Then he left and he began to run that Wehixamukes
Lenape:
Na tòlëmskan tòlëmamehëlan naka Wehixamukèsa,
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when he came to a woods, big woods, he stopped because he saw
Lenape:
ènta shinkèk, xinkwi shinkèk, pate, nokihilan èli nèmën
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where a person had killed a deer. Different things were strewn about
Lenape:
ènta awèn hnilat ahtuho. Mësi kèku lànkòhte
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head, and horns, and bladder, and
Lenape:
wil òk shëmuwa òk shkitakan òk
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and there was blood all around. Wehixamukes
Lenape:
òk hmukòkwixën wèmi yu tali. Naka Wehixamukèsa
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picked up the deer bladder and put it on his head.
Lenape:
wètënëmën në shkitakàn ikahatun wilink.
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Then again he got ready, he went to lie down in the road,
Lenape:
Na làpi tòlëmamehëlan, may shènkihëlan tëmakànink.
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First he smeared [some deer's] blood on his face and on his neck.
Lenape:
Hitami shuhëmëna hmukw wëshkinkunk òk uxkwekànkànink.
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and first he hid his war club under his clothing.
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òk hitami kàntënëmën në pahkàskinkwehikanëm èkwi èhahkwit.
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Then he quickly lay down again. He thought to himself that soon those "wild Indians" will come.
Lenape:
Na shènkihëlan làpi. Litehe xuniti nèk awènhakeyok peyòk.
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It must have been so, because when he opened his eyes a little bit
Lenape:
Kichi èt mah në le, èli ènta tunkshènink mahtiti
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he opened one of his eyes a little bit he saw that the "wild Indians"
Lenape:
kwëti na ushkinkëm wëneyo pèchultihtit nèki awènhakeyòk.
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When the "wild Indians" came near
Lenape:
Na ènta kixki pahtit nèk awenhakeyok
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they all stood around and looked at Wehixamukes.
Lenape:
òkakapuwàk pwënawò naka Wehixamukèsa.
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One of those Indians kicked Wehixamukes.
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Kweti nèk awènhakeyòk shakhwìkao naka Wehixamukèsa. .
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Wehixamukes held his breath and did not even
Lenape:
Kokènëmën lexeon naka Wehixamukèsa òk
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did not even move. The "wild Indian" thought to himself,
Lenape:
màta ìli kwìchkwi. Litehe na awènhàke,
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This dead person must have been scalped."
Lenape:
"Manukala èt waka awènika."
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One of those Indians kicked Wehixamukes
Lenape:
Na kwëti awènhake shakhwikao naka Wehixamukesa,
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but he never moved. Then the "wild Indians" turned around
Lenape:
màta ìli kwìchkwi. Na èt ma ènta kwëlëpihtit
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the "wild Indians" got ready to leave.
Lenape:
nèki awènhakeyòk kahta èt ma alëmskeyok.
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Then Wehixamukes stood up and he quickly jerked out
Lenape:
Na nipain naka Wehixamukèsa kwëchilahtun
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he quickly jerked out his war club and began to hit those "wild Indians" in the head;
Lenape:
pahkàskinkwehikànëm alëmi lëlàphitehon nèki awènhakeyòk;
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he killed them all. There was not even one left.
Lenape:
wèkwihaok. Màta ìli kwëti pilihële.
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When he had finished doing that Wehixamukes began to give the war-cry.
Lenape:
Na ènta kishi në lësit naka Wehixamukèsa alëmi kukuwèmu.
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Then he ran back to where those [Delaware] men were.
Lenape:
Na mòchhatakixin èpihtit nèki lënuwàk.
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He was panting and he looked weak.
Lenape:
Lèxewsu òk shainakwsu.
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One of the men told him, "It is true.
Lenape:
Kwëti na lënu tëlao, "Kichi èt në le.
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You are [possessed of great] powers, and you are strong."
Lenape:
Kichi èt ma kchìpilësi, òk kchitànësi."
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Wehixamukes answered him saying,
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Nòxkumao naka Wehixamukèsa, luwe,
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"Yes, my friend. Since long ago I have known that I [possess] power and
Lenape:
"Ahikta, nchuh! Lòmwe nochi nuwatun nchipilìsi òk
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I am strong because the Manitus gave me their own
Lenape:
nchitànìsi èli yuki manëtuwàk milkuk nèkaw
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strength and power.
Lenape:
chitànësëwakàn òk chipilësëwakàn.
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And now I must tell you that I feel that soon my life will come to an end, and
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Ok ktëlëlhumo yukwe ntëlamùlsi xuniti nëwikòsì[ch] òk
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I will come again when these White people will treat you badly,
Lenape:
xu làpi mpa, ènta sòmihkwèkwe yuki weòpsichik
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and you will all know me because when I am born a finger will be off
Lenape:
òk xu knënaihëmo èli ènta wëskahpia ntëmëlëncha
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one of my hands, and my mother will be a pure young woman."
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kwëti naxkink, òk wèkahèsin pilsit skixkwe."
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Those men were all very surprised when he said that
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Kashelìntàmuk nèki lënuwàk ènta në luwèt
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Wehixamukes said that because since long ago they all knew
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nàka Wehixamukèsa èli lòmwe nochi uwatuneyo
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he had acted silly and talked silly
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tili kpichehòsin òk kpìchewtunhèn.
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Then they all went home together.
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Na machultuwàk wemi.
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When they arrived where they lived, they began to cook . . .
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Na ènta pahtit wikhatihtit, alëmi wixënuwàk...
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deer meat, and corn mush, and deer tongue.
Lenape:
ahtuhwi wiyus òk sapan òk ahtuhwi wilanu
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because Wehixamukes liked to eat deer tongue.
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èli nàka Wehixamukèsa winkitàm ahtuhwi wilanu.
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Those men must have wanted to treat Wehixamukes good
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Kahta èt ma nèki lìnuwàk wùlachahao na Wehixamukèsa
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because they were still surprised at the way Wehixamukes had talked.
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èli kwiakwi chipelìntamuk èltunhèt nàka Wehixamukèsa.
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Then when they finished eating they went to sleep.
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Na ènta kishi mitsihtit kaultuwàk.
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The next morning they all left again. They went to cut wood and trees.
Lenape:
Opànke làpi tolëmskaneyo mënaxeyok òk kiskhòò hitkuk.
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Then when one man was cutting down a tree, the tree fell
Lenape:
Na ènta na kwëti lënu kiskhòte hitukw ènta pënihëlak
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the tree fell and mashed Wehixamukes;
Lenape:
na hitukw shkwiskhitehò nàka Wehixamukèsa;
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and at that place he disappeared into the ground.
Lenape:
wtayi ènta hàkink tàli.
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Wehixamukes just disappeared under the ground.
Lenape:
Nàka Wehixamukèsa wtayi èkwi hàkink.
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The men hurried as they wanted to dig him up,
Lenape:
Alàpilahtuwàk nèki lënuwàk kahta èt ma ktahawò,
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but they couldn't do anything, it was too late now.
Lenape:
shuk kwilalësuwàk, tahchihële mèchi.
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Then the men left and went home, and when they got to
Lenape:
Alëmskeyok nèki lënuwàk machiyok ènta pahtit
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where they lived no one said anything,
Lenape:
wikhatihtit màta ìli awèn keku luweyòk,
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no one could eat.
Lenape:
màta kàski awèn mitsi.
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They just stuffed their pipes and smoked.
Lenape:
Chuwskënatuna nèk upokënëmëwò hupweok.
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They were all in a sad state of mind. The men just now
Lenape:
Shielìntàmuwamàlsuwàk nèki lìnuwàk kënchëwèna
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missed Wehixamukes.
Lenape:
kwilumëwo nàka Wehixamukèsa.
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But there was nothing they could do now,
Lenape:
Shuk kwilalësuwàk mèchi wemi keku tahchihile.
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For a long time I had heard our old people
Lenape:
Lòmwe nochi mpihpëntaok yuki kikayuyëmënaninkahke
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say, "We will wait for Wehixamukes."
Lenape:
tili luwèneyo, "Mpehawënàch nàka Wehixamukèsa."
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That is all that I can say of what was told to me by my late mother.
Lenape:
Nal në shuk nkàski luwèn ntihilùkènèp nàka nkahèsa.