Category: Lenape

A Subjunctive Story

My class is closing in on two years of Lenape study, and we’re starting to reach the edges of what’s readily available on the Lenape Talking Dictionary. We’ve been working on subjunctives recently and the two linguistics professors in our class are starting to have to research some […]

Lenape in the News

Local ABC 6 news ran a short segment tonight on the language class I’ve been in. You can read or watch the short segment about Shelley’s attempts to revive the Lenape language here. We were able to meet in the Swarthmore Linguistics department for a rare in-person class. […]

A Walk in the Forest

This week, our Lenape teacher is started a new Lenape class with dozens of new students. My fellow students will be are now teaching assistants. The language is slowing regaining ground. This story is a bit ambitious for the level of Lenape my class is at. Negatives are […]

Lenape Visit Haverford

Yesterday the 2022 Lenape Rising Nation River Journey down the Lenapei Sipu stopped at Haverford (there’s one final event at Cape May in a few days though). The visit started with smudging, then drumming, and included stories and introductions to the groups signing the treaty of friendship with […]

Lenape River Journey

Every four years, one of the local Lenape groups travel down the Delaware River from Hancock, NY to Cape May, NJ to raise awareness about the native peoples of this area. Along the way they hold a variety of events for the public. Parts of the river are […]


Coming up is the Meesink ceremony for the Lenape. Meesink is pronounced Me-sing as nk is pronounced as a ng. Meesink is a protective spirit (or creature) that looks after the forest and the Lenape and is often pictured as a sasquatch or bigfoot-looking figure, with a face […]

Review of “Lenape Country”

I emailed the Friends Library at Swarthmore College for resources to learn more about the history of the Lenape in the area and one of the books cited was “Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn” by Jean Soderlund. The book covers the time from when the […]

Lenape Practice in the Hills

Another part in my occasional series to put more of the Lenape language on the internet. As before, I am only a beginner, links go to the Lenape Talking Dictionary’s native speakers. This time, I’m going to attempt the x sound, which is similar to a German ch. […]