Thursday, April 21, 2011

Brick and stone patterns @ Governors Island + more #NYC and @LMCC events

A recent tour of Governors Island as part of the highly recommended Access Restricted series sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) featured a lecture by Dr. David M. Oestreicher about the first inhabitants of the island -- the Lenape tribe of indigenous Americans.

David's first experience with the indians started when his parents gave him a Lenape dictionary when he was 12 years old. He has been working ever since researching into the remaining Lenape tribe that migrated to the mid-west United and devoting himself to the Lenape language, quoting freely during the lecture and discussing his relationship with the few remaining who were native speakers of this beautiful language.

Lenape translates (roughly) to "common people" or "common man", so the Lenape tribe is really a generic term for a diverse group of people who speak different local dialects of the same language. The Lanape are called the Delaware Indians because one tribe in the Delaware Valley was generalized by some politician to describe all people who spoke the language, but the Lenape once lived in Upstate New York, through all New Jersey to Delaware and beyond.

Images of the buildings at Governors Island:

Related articles
The Algonquin of New York (The Library of Native Americans)
Books by Dr. Oestreicher:

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