Ties That Bind: Nanticoke and Lenape Language and Revitalization
The Trent House Association presents a virtual talk on the Nanticoke and Lenape tribes of New Jersey and Delaware on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/THJan23. This program is free and pre-registration is not required. A pay-as-you-wish donation of $10 is suggested and can be made by PayPal at https://www.williamtrenthouse.org/donation.html.
The land on which the Trent House was built is part of the traditional territory of the Lenape, called “Lenapehoking.” During the colonial era and early federal period, many were removed west and north, but some remained among the three continuing historical tribal communities of the region. Today, Lenapehoking is a diaspora of different communities across the United States and Canada, connected by history, culture, and language.
For Lenape and Nanticoke people, revitalizing their languages is a way to reconnect with ancestors and to reclaim traditional ways of understanding the world that are embedded in language. Karelle Hall, a member of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe and a graduate student in anthropology at Rutgers University, will trace the connections across the Lenape and Nanticoke diaspora and illustrate how language both shapes and reinforces those connections.
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