Lenape love poem

Chichankwink

Kweshkinkw chichankwink

Hate ni welsit aptonokana

Shek halapsi alla hate

Hate ni uxtenk Ktaholel

Translated into Lenape by Bob Red Hawk
Kweshkinkw chichankwink  Hate ni welsit aptonokana  Shek halapsi alla hate  Hate ni uxtenk Ktaholel

Original version
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Lenape women

A love poem into lenape (Leni Lenape, Unami, delaware), for the amerindians girls of this tribe, in the Delaware, on the Hudson, and Long Island. Lenape is a dead language which is revitalized by the Delaware tribe which have done a lot of work to safeguard it among the elders ... the number of speakers who were able to learn it, as a taught language, remains quite limited (perhaps 200 people).

The Lenapes

The French called the Lenapes the Wolves. They lived in what they called the Lenapehoking (the Lenape country), a wooded region, covered with rivers and dotted with lakes. The lenape country would currently correspond to New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, south eastern New York state, and northern Delaware. Literally Leni-Lenape can be translated by the original people. As for many other Amerindian groups, they were decimated during their meeting with the Europeans (diseases, wars and alcohol) ... an encounter which again, as for many other groups, will lead the survivors to migrate to others areas, and coalesce into a stronger community. One of the peculiarities of their social life was often to associate strong age differences between the married couple.

Algonquian languages
Odawa - Blackfoot - Cree - Mahican - Ojibwa - Abnaki - Cheyenne - Atsina - Arapaho
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