Lenape Talking Dictionary
By English WORD or PHRASE
By Lenape WORD or PHRASE
Na Awènhake Luwe
The Indian Said . . . Translated by Nora Thompson Dean in 1963.
Just for fun when she heard this Indian joke Nora translated it into Lenape.
When he saw what is called waterskiing
Enta nemën në “waterski” èluwèntasik
the Indian (of a tribe not known to the Lenape) said,
na awènhake luwe,
“What is the reason that boat is running?”
“Kèku hàch wënchi në muxul alëmihële?”
And the other Indian said,
Ok na làpi awènhake luwe,
“The man with the rope is chasing it.”
Unfortunately the recorder was turned off before Nora said the last word, tùkòpink.
“Alëmskaolao ta na lënu (tùkòpink).”