Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home : Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians

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Through first-person accounts, Long Journey Home presents the stories of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware Tribe. These oral histories, which span the post-Civil War era to the present, are gathered into four sections and tell of personal and tribal events as they unfold over time and place. The history of the Lenape is one of forced displacement, from their original tribal home along the eastern seaboard into Pennsylvania, continuing with a series of displacements in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, and the Indian Territory. For the group of Lenape interviewed for this book, home is now the area around Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The stories of their long journey have been handed down and remain part of the tribe's collective memory and bring an unforgettable immediacy to the tale of the Lenape. Above all they make clear that the history of seven generations remains very much alive.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 40.64mm | 1,393g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 70 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0253349680
  • 9780253349682

Table of contents


Foreword / Michael Pace

Preface: Home


Introduction: Historical Information about the Lenape / Deborah Nichols-Ledermann and James A. Rementer (Moosh-hah-kwee-nund)

Part 1. Indian Pioneer Collection

Henry Armstrong

Rosa Stephenson Conner

Katie (Whiteturkey) Day (Ka-tel-mah)

Julia A. Hall

Sol C. Ketchum

Eliza Journeycake Minshall

Isaac Secondine

T. Wyman Thompson

Cyrus Washington

Reverend C. C. Wilson

Part 2. 1968 Interviews

Anna Anderson Davis

Nora Thompson Dean

Fred Falleaf

Part 3. 1995 Interviews

Mary Townsend Crow Milligan

Mary Louise Skye Watters and Laura Watters Maynor

Part 4. Contemporary Interviews

Dan Arnold

Joe Baker

Reverend Eddie Barnes

Howard Barnes

Ray Barnes

Janifer Brown

Connie Collier

Don Collier

Doug Donnell

Pamela Diane Elvington

Annette Ketchum

Dee Ketchum

Lewis Ketchum

Beverly McLaughlin

Joanna J. Nichol

Deborah Nichols-Ledermann

Mike Pace

Jenifer Pechonick Pate

Paula Martin Pechonick

Jim Rementer

DeAnn Ketchum Sears

Don Secondine

Jack Tatum

Kala Ketchum Thomas

Whitney Thomas

Leonard Thompson

Jess Townsend

Joyce Williams

Edward Wilson

Will Wilson

Curtis Zunigha

Roundtable Discussion on the Lenape Program at Conner Prairie Living Museum, Fishers, Indiana

List of References

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Review quote

"The construction of the book is durable and beautifully crafted. The text is crisp and complimented by more than ninety color images. Intended as a fitting supplement to the text, the images are equally engaging and prove compelling in their own right. Winter 2008-09" * The Chronicles of Oklahoma * "For scholars this work is a tantalizing sampling of Indian oral histories that continue to be underutilized. for the general reader the stories shared by the Delaware people are lessons in the resilience and tenacity of a community." * Ohio History * "By publishing this valuable collection of oral histories of the Delaware Indians, [Indiana University Press] has helped recover much of these Indians' history since their days in Kansas Territory in the 1850s. The book [is] nicely illustrated and carefully edited by Brown and Kohn . . . Outstanding. . . . Highly recommended." * Choice *
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About James W. Brown

James W. Brown is Executive Associate Dean and directs the journalism program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. He lives in

Fishers, Indiana.

Rita T. Kohn is Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and a senior writer for NUVO. She is author of many books and plays, including Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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