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Lenape Talking Dictionary

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Kukwèthakèxtun Eluwèt

What WhiteEyes Said . . . Translated by Nora Thompson Dean for linguist Bruce Pearson in 1968. Bruce asked Nora to translate a speech supposedly by Capt. WhiteEyes in retort to comments by Capt. Pipe. The speech was found in a book titled Charles Killbuck which was published in 1902.
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English:
What WhiteEyes said.
Lenape:
Kukwèthakèxtun Eluwèt
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English:
This warrior Munsi leader Hupokan
Lenape:
Wa ila Monsii nikanixink Hupokàn
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English:
he told you that when a person wants peace he is a coward.
Lenape:
ktëlkëwoo ènta awèn kahtatànk wëlankùntëwakàn shwilae.
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English:
Perhaps what he thinks is when he talks that way he can scare
Lenape:
Wèchi èt litehe ènta na lëtunhèt kàski wishamao
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a Lenape so that he will shut up?
Lenape:
Lënape tìlìch chitkwësin?
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English:
Where is the coward? The man who follows another man
Lenape:
Tani hàch na shwilait? Na lënu ènta naolat pili lënuwa
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because he fears ridiculre
Lenape:
èli kwitànk pawchètëwakàn
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even if he does not know how many there may be
Lenape:
ìli mata uwatuwën kèxihtit, luwète nihëlàchi kèku èlitehat.
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I really do want peace.
Lenape:
Kehëla ni nkatatàm wëlankùntëwakàn.
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I am that peace Indian
Lenape:
Ni ta na wëlankùntëwi Mèxkeòhkësit
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to whom the Munsi leader refers!
Lenape:
èlimit wa Monsii nikanixink!
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Is there a warrior here who can call me a coward?
Lenape:
Ahpu hàch ila kèski luwihëlit shwilait?
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When the Ottawa leader Pontiac
Lenape:
Enta na Tawei nikanixink Pantiak
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sent to us the bloodied wampum belt and
Lenape:
pètanehëmalkwenk hmukhòsik kèkwi këlamapisu òk
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our councillors accepted it
Lenape:
lëpweìnuyëmënanàk wètënëmëneyo.
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I myself will lead these
Lenape:
Ni ntìli sahkakwënaneyo yuki
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Turtle clan members when they go to war.
Lenape:
Pùkuankuichik ènta mahtakenk.
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The way I fought was given to me by Netawatewes
Lenape:
Elahtakeya milukw wa Nètëwatëwès
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the head fighter of the Delaware tribe there.
Lenape:
nikanixink mahtakèt Lènapei èlhakeichik tali.
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I will try out the bravery of the Munsi warrior
Lenape:
Nkwëchilahtunch ilawakàna ilai Monsi
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if they want to have war I will go
Lenape:
kètatamihtit mahtakenk nëwitèch
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because I do not think about my life
Lenape:
èli mata kèku ntëlelìntàmuwën na lelëlexeokàn
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and I do not dislike doing anything.
Lenape:
òk mata ntihàshi shinkilìsin kèku.
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If the Munsi leader thinks that, or any other warrior in this council
Lenape:
Litehate na Monsii nikanixink, shìtako pili ila yushe ènta achimulsink
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because I stand and say, "White Eyes wants peace,"
Lenape:
eli nipaia òk luweya "Kukwèthakèxtun kahtatàm wëlankùntëmëwakàn,
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English:
let it be known he will follow wherever I go or himself be a coward.
Lenape:
watëlasùch òk naolùkw tëtayuta eyaa shìtako nèkanè shwilait.