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Lenape Talking Dictionary

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Wèwtënëwèsi Achimëwakàn

The Wèwtënëwès Story . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1967. [This is sometimes called the Mermaid Story.]
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Long ago there were many kinds of corrections.
Lenape:
Lòmëwe xahelènawki hateyo kwìtëlìtëwakàna.
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One is, "Young women should not bathe in the nude [in a large body of water],
Lenape:
Kwëti, "Matàch yuki skixkweyok ènta tixëmwihtit supsiyëwàk
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so that some spirit in the water will not come into them."
Lenape:
wënchìch mata manëtu pèxus'hìkawiyok mpinkink."
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The old people said
Lenape:
Nèki kìkainkahke luweyok
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many spirits lived there under the water.
Lenape:
xaheli manëtuwàk tëntalawsineyo èkwpiyenk.
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It is said that one young woman was stubborn.
Lenape:
Kwëti skixkwe ahchinkxe hùnt.
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When she went to bathe she was naked.
Lenape:
Enta may tixëmwit supsu.
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A spirit that lived in the water came into her,
Lenape:
Na mpiyink èntalawsit manëtu pèxus'hìkao,
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and her body began to swell.
Lenape:
tòlëmi mahkwisu tuhwèpiyëmink.
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Finally that person was born.
Lenape:
Xantki hmitahpu na awèn.
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And here he was, half fish and half human.
Lenape:
Kèku lah wàn, pahsi namès òk pahsi awèn.
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The young woman was scared, so she went and threw it into the lake.
Lenape:
Wishasu na skixkwe, mòy chòpònihin mënëpèkunk.
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In the lake is where that person grew up,
Lenape:
Nal në tënta kishikin mënëpèkunk na awèn,
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that half fish and half human.
Lenape:
na pahsi namës òk pahsi awèn.
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When the children would go to bathe they all drowned.
Lenape:
Enta nèki mimënsak may tixëmwihtit, tòptëpèneyo.
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That person must have pulled them, and that is why they drowned.
Lenape:
Wtënao èt na awèn, wënchi aptëpèneyo.
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The Delaware were all scared
Lenape:
Wishas'hatuwàk wèmi nèk Lënapeyok,
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and they said, "What will we do?"
Lenape:
luweyok, "Kèku hàch xu ktëlsihëna?"
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Then one old man said, "We will have to kill that person."
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Na kwëti hilusës luwe, "Hnilawënàch nàni awèn."
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Two young men came there
Lenape:
Nisha nèk skinuwàk peyok,
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and they said, "We definitely can kill him."
Lenape:
luweyok, "Niluna ta kàski hnilawëna."
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They left to go look for sunbeams
Lenape:
Na tòlëmskaneyo ènta natunamuk wipèko
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on which they could begin to climb to where ours elder brother the sun lives.
Lenape:
wënchìch kàski alëmàkusineyo wikit na xansëna kishux.
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They started to climb on the sunbeams and finally got to where the sun lives
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Na tòlëmi àlëmàkusineyo wipèkunk, xantki peyok kishux wikit.
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The sun was surprised, he said,
Lenape:
Kanshelìntàm na kishux, luwe,
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"What do you fellows want?"
Lenape:
"Kèku hàch katatàmuhëmo?"
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The young men said,
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Luweyok nèk skìnuwàk,
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"We really want some ashes, hot ashes."
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"Punkw ta nkatatèmënèn, kèshtèk punkw."
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The sun said, "There they are. Help yourselves."
Lenape:
Luwe na kishux, "Shè lah nën, wichëm kàkayëwa."
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Then the two young men dipped up some ashes.
Lenape:
Na nèki nisha skìnuwàk tòns'hamëneyo në punkw.
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They said, "Thanks!" Then they left by way of the sunbeams.
Lenape:
Luweyok, "Wanìshi!" Na tòlëmskaneyo wipèkunk lih.
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They brought the ashes to where the Lenape were gathered.
Lenape:
Na pwètuneyo në punkw ènta nèki Lënapeyok maehëlahtit.
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They threw the ashes into the lake.
Lenape:
Na ìka tòlanihineyo në punkw mënëpèkunk.
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The water began to boil.
Lenape:
Alëmi wënte në mpi.
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Finally that person, half fish and half human
Lenape:
Xantki na awèn, pahsi namès òk pahsi awèn
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was seen on top of the water.
Lenape:
nèwkwësu xkwìchi mpinkink.
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Before he died that person told them, "You have killed me for nothing!
Lenape:
Nèsko ankëlëk na awèn tëlao nèl awènik, "Nuchkwehihëmo!
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I do have many grandchildren and children
Lenape:
Xaheli ta ni nulhala ahanhùkwi nuxwisàk òk nichanàk.
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Everywhere where there is a lot of water
Lenape:
Wèmi yu tali ènta xaheli mpi
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that is where my children and grandchildren live.
Lenape:
nichanàk ènta lawsihtit òk nuxwisàk.
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You have killed me for nothing!" But anyway the people killed him.
Lenape:
Nuchkwehihëmo ta!" Shùk amënchi hnilawo na awènik.
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One old man said, "Take him out of the water, we will cut him up."
Lenape:
Na kwëti hilusës luwe, "Yukwe ta kahpal, pikshawënèch."
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Then they took that person out of the water and began to cut him up.
Lenape:
Na kòhpalaneyo na awèn, alëmi piksha.
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They gave to all the different tribes one piece of him.
Lenape:
Wèmi yuk lakeichik mwilawo kwëti pàke naka awènika.
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That is why they still use it [the piece of him]
Lenape:
Nal në wënchi yukwe mèchi hnakatàmëneyo
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these Indians so they can dance and
Lenape:
yuki mèxkeòhkësichik tìli këntkaneyo òk
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when they pray, they use that piece.
Lenape:
patamaneyo, hnakatàmuk pàke naka awènika.
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This is what my late mother told me.
Lenape:
Nal yushe ntëlkwën naka nkahèsa.