September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hockessin Public Library
1023 Valley Rd Hockessin
Dr. Blume’s presentation is a discussion of the post-European contact history of the Nanticoke and Lenape people who remained in Delaware following the diaspora of the early- to mid-eighteenth century when many families of both tribes moved north to join with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) in New York and Canada or west to join with other Lenape people on the long trek to Oklahoma. She focuses on the challenges faced by both tribes in surviving as distinct tribal communities separate from their Euro-American and African American neighbors and the strategies they used to maintain their identities as Indian peoples. She also discusses the difficulties faced by historians and anthropologists today in researching the history of these communities as a result of decisions made by record keepers and researchers in the past.