Mahican love poem
Ahtshek kpahpenawussè k'hackai
Neek nonaaptonawáganàn, kakhne onáyo
Psùck gattatáyi káshksò
Né askuakhuck "Ktakhwáhnan" ksè
Those my good words, very good
But be quick disappears
That last "thee love I" say I.
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For me it's really fantastic to see my short verses translated into mahican. Perhaps, a day, my poem could be useful, when we will able to get back to the past. This indian (never call her squaw) that my ancestors have meet in New England was so fantastic that 600 years later, she is always in our minds.
Mahican, is the language of the Mahicans's tribe (called Mahicans in 1500-1600 and living in New England and Long Island). This is an inaccuracy in French ethnological studies of Algonquian ethnonyms, confusing these tribes with the Mohegans of Connecticut, that has transformed their name Mahican in Mohican.