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Pili Wehixamukèsi Achimëwakàn

A Different Wehixamukès Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1968
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English:
Long ago there was a person who was named Wehixamukes.
Lenape:
Lòmwe hunt ahpu awènika luwènsu Wehixamukès.
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English:
He seemed like he did not have good sense,
Lenape:
Alàshi màta wëleòtamuu,
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but Wehixamukes was powerful and wise.
Lenape:
shuk chipilësuwa òk lëpwe nàka Wehixamukèsa.
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English:
One time he went along when several men when out hunting.
Lenape:
Kwëtën wite ènta kèxa lënuwàk alaihtit.
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English:
They told him what he must do was cook.
Lenape:
Na tëlawo kahta ta wixëni.
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The leader told him,
Lenape:
Na nikanixink lënu tëlao,
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"I am hungry. I wish I could eat some turkey that has been dipped in grease."
Lenape:
"Nkatupwi. Kwëlaha nkàski muhòòn chikënëm pëpòhkënasit."
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English:
Wehixamukes heard everything that he said.
Lenape:
Pwëntao nàka Wehixamukèsa wèmi kèku èluwèt.
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When evening came all the men went to cut wood.
Lenape:
Enta lòkwik mënàxeyok wèmi nèki lënuwàk.
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When they returned they saw Wehixamukes
Lenape:
Enta làpi ktëkihtit neyòwò nàka Wehixamukèsa
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repeatedly dipping a turkey in a kettle [of grease],
Lenape:
pe pëpòhkënat chikënëm husink,
English:
and the turkey still had feathers and still had its innards.
Lenape:
[This part was added later to clarify the story and there is no sound file]: òk mikwënahasu òk kwiakwi wëlàkshia lamungwe nàka chikënëmò.
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English:
They told him, "What on earth are you doing?"
Lenape:
Tëlawò, "Kèku nink lah kmikëntàm?"
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English:
Wehixamukes said, "I heard you people yesterday
Lenape:
Luwe naka Wehixamukèsa, "Kpëntulhumo lòkëwe
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when you said, "I wish I could eat a turkey that had been dipped in grease."
Lenape:
ènta luweèkw, "Kwëlaha pëpòhkënasit chikënëm nkàski muhò."
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Again they told him, "It's not that way!
Lenape:
Làpi tëlawò, "Tètxan tà nën!
English:
First you pluck the turkey and then take out all those innards."
Lenape:
[This part was added later to clarify the story and there is no sound file]: Hitamìch munëna na chikënëm òk ktënëmën wèmi nèl wëlàkshiya."]
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English:
Wehixamukes said, "I would have done so if you had told me."
Lenape:
Luwe nàka Wehixamukèsa, "Shai a mah liàntpàne!"