TheLord’s Prayer in Munsee:
Nooxwhna eepiian awasahkameew
leekuch eeliteehiian yoon tali ahkiing eelkihkwi leek tali awasahkameew
Miiliineen kway kiishkwihk wetapwaanumayeeng
waak miiweelundamuwiineen njanuwsoowaakaninanal
eelkih niiloona miiweelundamaweeng niik chechaniilaweemkweemgwiik
Waak chiil apawuneen li ahkwchihtoowaakanung
shukwund ktuniineen wunji meetihkung
Munsee, also called Munsee Delaware or Lunaape, was the main language of what is now metropolitan New York back in 1600. It is one of the two native languages spoken by the Delaware (Lenape) people, the other being Unami, which was spoken to the south.
- Speakers: 6 native speakers (all of them over 70).
- Countries: Canada (Moraviantown Reserve, Ontario).
- Script: Roman. Scholars use the International Phonetic Alphabet.
- Language family: Eastern Algonquian, whose languages were spoken all along the east coast of North America from Nova Scotia…
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