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Weòpsichik Pèchi Witawsumku

Origin of White People . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Nicholas Shoumatoff in 1977.
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It is said that long ago the Delawares had different thoughts
Lenape:
Lòmwe hùnt yuki Lënapeyok mësiliteheyok ènta
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about where the White people came to us.
Lenape:
washe Weòpsit pèchi nutxùkhùmëna.
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Some said that long ago when the ocean
Lenape:
Alënte luweyok lòmwe ènta yushe kitahikàn
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crashed against the rocks,
Lenape:
ènta nèl ahsëna mëshikakuk,
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there was a lot of foam from which they [Whites} began to be made.
Lenape:
xahèli pitay alëmi manituwàk.
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Then it is said long ago by the elders,
Lenape:
Na hùnt luwèn lòmwe kikainkahke,
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that is where these White people came from.
Lenape:
nal në wënchi washe Weòpsit ènta pèchi may nutxùkhùmëna.
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English:
Some of the people said various things,
Lenape:
Alënte awènik mësi luweyok,
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that is all I myself heard from the old Delawares
Lenape:
shëkw nal në shëkw mpëntamën ni xuwi Lënapeyok
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said. That is the reason why the white people
Lenape:
èluwèhtit. Nal në she në wënchi yukshè Weòpsichik
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came to live with us.
Lenape:
pèchi yushe witawsumku.
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English:
That is all I can recall.
Lenape:
Nal yu pèchi kàski mëshatàm.