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Lenape Talking Dictionary

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Chëkënakwi, waha!

The Blackbird Song . . . Sung and told by Nora Thompson Dean to Robert Adams in 1977. This is a 'little song' about blackbirds stealing crops.
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English:
Nora introduces the song telling about it in English.
Lenape:
Nora introduces the song telling about it in English.
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English:
[The Delawares sing] Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:
Chëkënakwi, waha!
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English:
He is stealing.
Lenape:
Kamuthakènsu.
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English:
Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:
Chëkënakwi, waha!
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English:
[Now blackbird sings] I will feel strong all winter long!
Lenape:
Nchitanamàlsi liluwànke!
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English:
Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:
Chëkënakwi, waha!
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English:
[The blackbird sings] I will feel strong all winter long!
Lenape:
Nchitanamàlsi liluwànke!