Story


Lenape:     Chëkënakwi, waha!
English:     The Blackbird Song . . . Sung and told by Nora Thompson Dean to Robert Adams in 1977. This is a 'little song' about blackbirds stealing crops.

Lenape:     Nora introduces the song telling about it in English.
English:     Nora introduces the song telling about it in English.
Lenape:     Chëkënakwi, waha!
English:     [The Delawares sing] Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:     Kamuthakènsu.
English:     He is stealing.
Lenape:     Chëkënakwi, waha!
English:     Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:     Nchitanamàlsi liluwànke!
English:     [Now blackbird sings] I will feel strong all winter long!
Lenape:     Chëkënakwi, waha!
English:     Oh, blackbird!
Lenape:     Nchitanamàlsi liluwànke!
English:     [The blackbird sings] I will feel strong all winter long!