Story


Lenape:     Alahòtuwàk
English:     They All Hunted . . . Told by Nora Thompson Dean in 1968

Lenape:     Lòmwehkamik ènta yuki Lènapeyòk wikhatihtit
English:     A long time ago when the Delawares lived
Lenape:     wëntahkwi wèhènchiòpànk kithakàna Pennsylvania.
English:     toward the east in the far away land of Pennsylvania.
Lenape:     Xaheluk èt mah nìki lëkhìkwi òk èt mah
English:     There must have been many of them at that time, and there must have been
Lenape:     pili lakeichik xaheluk nìki lëkhìkwi.
English:     many different tribes as well at that time.
Lenape:     Kënch awèn nkëme kwèxsite,
English:     A person had to always be on the alert,
Lenape:     òk èt mah ahot ènta awèn lehëlexe.
English:     and it must have been difficult for a person to live.
Lenape:     Ènta ntunànk mehëmichink èli màta hate mèmhalëmuntikaona
English:     He had to go looking for food because there were not stores
Lenape:     alàshi yukwe ènta mèchi pètawsienk.
English:     like there are now in our lifetime.
Lenape:     Nìnhakatamaneyo nèki aèsësàk nal në wënchi wèntawsineyo.
English:     The people used the animals, they lived from them.
Lenape:     Kënch awèn nkëme alaite hnilate ahtuhuk
English:     A person had to hunt all the time to kill deer,
Lenape:     òk namènsàk òk wixëwësichik aèsësàk.
English:     and fish, and the fur-bearing fur-bearing animals.
Lenape:     Hnàkatamëneyo nèki wixëwësichik aèsìsàk tòxèsëmëwo
English:     They used those fur-bearing animals for their pelts
Lenape:     ènta manituhtit ehahkwink òk
English:     when they made clothing, and
Lenape:     putalasàk òk lènhàksëna, mësi kèku ènta manituhtit.
English:     bags in which to store grease, and when they made moccasins and other things.
Lenape:     Mësi òk yuli maikeyòk nèki Lënapei lënuwàk
English:     The Delaware men camped at many different places,
Lenape:     xinkwi sipunk òk xinkwi shinkèk
English:     at big rivers, and in big forest
Lenape:     alahòtuwàk kahta màxkamuk mehëmichink.
English:     they all hunted when they wanted to find food.