Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home

Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians
Edited by James W. Brown and Rita T. Kohn
Photographs by James W. Brown
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/3/2007
Format: cloth 448 pages, 70 b&w illus. 25 Plates

6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-34968-2
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2008 Indiana Society of Professional Journalists Awards, Best Nonfiction Book
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.

Author Bio

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.


"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

"The interviews come to life alongside ample color photographs of tribal customs, traditions and regular life." —The Herald Times

"The stories contained in these pages have many things to tell, the pride of a people, their personal histories, their determination to remain who they were and are as a people. . . . Sometimes we as individuals take our heritage for granted and do not learn the lessons of history. The study of our heritage can truly tell us why we are who we are today." —Michael Pace, assistant chief of the Delaware Tribe

"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." —
The Chronicles of Oklahoma , Winter 2008-09

"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

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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

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