Long Journey Home

Long Journey Home

Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/24/2007
Format: Hardback 70 b&w illus. 25 Plates
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.


“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

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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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