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A Pre-European Contact History and Culture of the Lenape People

Nov 21, 2022 to Nov 21, 2022 7:30 - 8:30pm

Dates: Monday 11/21
Time: 7:30-8:30p
Age Group: Adults 18+

Program Location: Shanis Auditorium

Description:  The Delaware River watershed was once home to the Lenape, a New Stone Age culture of indigenous people who lived in the area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans in North America. The Lenape are part of a larger group of Algonquian Indians inhabiting the Hudson River Valley, western Long Island, New Jersey, northern Delaware and eastern Pennsylvania. They were by and large a peaceful group of hunters, gatherers and farmers who lived in small villages of wigwams and small longhouses along the rivers and streams of their “Lenapehocking” homeland. In this brief survey presentation, we will review the pre-contact culture of the Lenape along with the role of men and women, the role of Sachems (chiefs), the hunting-gathering-farming lifestyle and the seasonal movements of the first peoples to settle in the Delaware Valley. In partnership with the Historical Society of Fort Washington.

Instructor: Jim Tufano is a graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA(B.S. in American History) and did his graduate work at the University of PA, Penn State University and Temple University. He retired after a career as a high school history teacher, high school principal (Springfield, Upper Moreland and Cheltenham) and as Asst. Superintendent of Schools (Cheltenham). Jim has served on the faculty of Temple University’s Lifelong Learning Program, Arcadia University’s Community Scholars Program and Western Washington University’s Academy of Lifelong Learning. Jim has made a lifelong study of Native American history and culture, has traveled extensively throughout the United States and western Canada, and considers himself an advocate of Native American people.

Registration: Online registration required. Click here to register.