Pennsylvania Humanities Council
2004-2005 2008-2009 2010-2011
Commonwealth Speakers: Native American Life & History
The roles and histories of the indigenous peoples of Pennsylvania often are misunderstood or romanticized. Our talks offer clear insights into different aspects of native culture and history.
At the time of Columbus, as many as 10 million Native Americans lived in North America. Many thousands lived in the vast homeland of the Lenni Lenape, who were the first inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania. Respected by William Penn, the Lenape were later forced from their villages by Penn's sons and the infamous Walking Purchase. We will provide an interactive introduction to the Lenape and compare and contrast their social customs, religion, family life, agriculture, healing practices and crafts with those of the Europeans and colonial Americans.
This program can be family or adult
Carla and Allan Messinger
Native American Heritage Programs - Consultants