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Nèk Ansisktayèsàk

The Seven Sisters (the Pleiades) . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean to Bruce Pearson and Jim Rementer in 1967.
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Those wise men said, "We have done wrong.
Lenape:
Nèk lëpweìnuwàk luweyok, "Nchanilìsihëna.
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He is unhappy our father the Creator.
Lenape:
Mahtelìntàm èt wa kuxëna Kishelëmùkònk.
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We will pray each and every one of us."
Lenape:
Patamahënàch wèmi èntxiènk."
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Then they sent for several children
Lenape:
Na wènchimao kèxa mimënsa
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because the children were pure.
Lenape:
èli pilsuwàk nèki mimënsa.
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The thought of the wise men
Lenape:
Liteheyok nèki lëpweìnuwàk
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was that the Creator would accept their prayers
Lenape:
xu Kishelëmùkònk wètënëmën nèkao patamweokàna
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rather than those of the older people.
Lenape:
nawènahta nèki kìkayàk.
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Those children listened to all that he had to say
Lenape:
Nèki mimënsàk këlìstamëwok wèmi kèku èluwèt
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that old man, they began to pray.
Lenape:
naka hilusësa, alëmi patamaok.
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While they were doing that, they began to rise (into the air)
Lenape:
Nèli në lësihtit, alëmi àspiyok
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several of those boys and girls.
Lenape:
kèxuwàk nèki pilaechìchàk òk xkwechëchàk.
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One of the old women screamed out and said,
Lenape:
Kwëti na xawshisës xahulamu luwe,
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"Get those dirty clothes."
Lenape:
"Nati nèl niskhèmpsa."
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They began to repeatedly hit those children who were ascending.
Lenape:
Alëmi pëpahkàmaneyo nèk àspichik mimënsàk.
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They used those dirty clothes and when they were hit
Lenape:
Hnakatàmëneyo nèl niskhèmpsa ènta pëpahkamahtit
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several of them fell down, they landed on the ground.
Lenape:
kèxa pënihëleyok, hàkink mahtèxinuk.
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Then seven girls ascended
Lenape:
Na nishash xkwechëchàk àspiyok
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and they stayed forever in the sky our ancestors said,
Lenape:
chimahpuwàk mushhakunk luweyok kikayuyëmënaninkahke,
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"They can be seen when those Seven Sisters
Lenape:
"Nèhkwësuwàk ènta nèk Ansisktayèsàk
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are there in the sky in the Autumn."
Lenape:
ahpihtit mushhakunk tahkokwëni."