The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes

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Here is a story of the Lenape Indians who lived in what is now New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. It describes their culture, crafts, and language as no other book has done. Hunters, fishers, artisans of flint and skins and basketry, tellers of traditional tales, dwellers in a region of hills and barrens, of rivers and forests, they had developed a way of life adjusted to the world around them.

In presenting the lore and heritage of the Lenapes, Dr. M.R. Harrington does so ...

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Overview


Here is a story of the Lenape Indians who lived in what is now New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. It describes their culture, crafts, and language as no other book has done. Hunters, fishers, artisans of flint and skins and basketry, tellers of traditional tales, dwellers in a region of hills and barrens, of rivers and forests, they had developed a way of life adjusted to the world around them.

In presenting the lore and heritage of the Lenapes, Dr. M.R. Harrington does so through the eyes of a shipwrecked English boy who became a captive of the Indians, and was eventually adopted into the tribe. The narrative is lively reading, and the facts on which it is based are accurate. With the accompanying Clarence Ellsworth line drawings, the reader can understand and even reproduce many of the objects the author describes: the Lenape bows and arrows, muccasins and mats, baskets and bowls.

This new edition is a reissue of an often asked for an unavailable New Jersey classic, first published in 1938.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813504254
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1963
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 992,513
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted March 9, 2015

    I read this book to my fourth grade class when I was teaching ye

    I read this book to my fourth grade class when I was teaching years ago. The students loved the interesting narrative which involves a shipwrecked boy from England who lives among the Indians.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    GIFT

    It is to be a Christmas present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2005

    Excellent Book!

    I first read this book many years ago, when it was given to me as a sixth grader. It is a fascinating and (I think) well-researched book depicting the lifestyle of the original inhabitants of southern New Jersey. Told from the point of view of a young English boy who is shipwrecked, the story tells of the religious beliefs and ecologically sound way of life of the Lenni Lenape in a way that is never condescending. The boy, Dickon, seems to have an altogether great time living with the Lenape, and at the end, it's almost a disappointment when he is rescued by another English ship. I highly recommend this book.

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