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Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians
     

Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians

by James W. Brown (Editor), Rita T. Kohn (Editor)
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Choice

"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 Chronicles of Oklahoma

"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

Ohio History

"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

From the Publisher
"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

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

Michael Pace

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253349682
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,059,862
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.58(d)

What People are Saying About This

Michael Pace
"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)

Meet the Author

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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