UNITED EASTERN LENAPE NATION
SMOKE SIGNALS NEWSLETTER
February 2019 VOLUME 109
UELN SCHEDULE 2019
9 High Council Meeting – Andover Library > 2 – 4 pm.
9 Calling hours 1 – 3 pm & funeral service in Stoneboro, Pa. (Arnie “Wolf Dreamer”)
10 ROMF Village Meeting – Cortland Ave. -- Noon – 3pm Pot Luck -- Drum practice 4 – 6pm
16 Winter Social – Round Dance and Trade Blanket – Natives invited. See attached flyer.
19 Lenape Native Path, Inc. Board Meeting
20 Family Circle @ Cortland Ave. Activity Center – 6 – 8 pm
9 High Council Meeting - Andover Library > 2 – 4 pm.
10 ROMF Village Meeting – Cortland Ave. – Noon – 3 Drum practice 4 - 6
20 Family Circle @ Place TBA
Please note: High Council Meetings will be held on Saturday. This allows High Council to have an
Executive meeting without interruptions. Take notice of the location.
Any additional events…please bring it to my attention.
Social Drumming Friday evenings 6:00 p.m. @ Cortland Avenue &
DANCE PRACTICES…. Call 440-992-7397 to verify that you are attending.
Rapid Rivers Drum Practice....Sundays 4 – 6pm @ Cortland Avenue We need to learn a Flag Song and some other songs.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES -- Graduates …What are they doing now?
Plans to do a craft and/or game and lesson at every ROMF (River of Many Fish) Village meeting. Including drumming & dance lessons for anyone who wants them. We need to attract some of the younger people to attend meetings and activities. What do you suggest?
Regalia Instructional websites
Grandmother Morning Dove's Corner
This is one of the postings from Facebook. There are some good posts everyday.
When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day.......
An angel came by and asked." Why spend so much time on her?"
The lord answered. "Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?"
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,"She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day"
THE ANGEL was impressed "Just two hands.....impossible!
And this is the standard model?"
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
"But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", said the Lord,
"But I have made her strong. You can't imagine what she can endure and overcome."
"Can she think?" The Angel asked...
The Lord answered. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate."
The Angel touched her cheeks....
"Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her"
"She is not leaking...it is a tear" The Lord corrected the Angel…
"What's it for?" Asked the Angel..... .
The Lord said. "Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride."...
This made a big impression on the Angel,
"Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvellous"
Lord said."Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life"
The Angel asked: "So she is a perfect being?"
The lord replied: "No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth."
Love & Blessings to All
The smallest good deed
Is better than the grandest intention
Special greetings & congratulations
Belated Happy Birthday for those I missed and Happy Birthday to all who have birthdays in December and January. I hope this year has been a good one for you…as you work towards next year.
I am going to discontinue this section until I have birthdays listed for everyone. Maybe we should make an effort to do the telephone contacts once again. Let’s talk about it.
UELN Adoption Promises:
I promise to uphold our Aims & Goals and By-Laws.
I promise to support my nation in all ways.
I promise to honor all Chiefs, Clan Mothers , Elders & Youth.
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Lenape Molasses Crumb Cake (from Searching Eagle's Grandmother)
2 sticks butter, softened crumb topping.
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
Mix above ingredients and set aside ¾ Cup of mixture for topping
1 cup molasses
2 cups hot water
1 tablespoon baking soda (mix in with hot water)
Blend well, pour into a 9 x 13 greased and floured pan.
Sprinkle crumbs (that you set aside) on top evenly.
Bake in preheated oven @ 350°F (325°F for glass pan)
Bake for 40-45 minutes.
I haven't published this recipe for a very long time. Thought you may appreciate having it again.
I’ve learned that life is like a book.
Sometimes we must close a chapter and begin the next one.
Hanz was age 13 when he made this statement.
He is from Regina, Sask., Canada.
Sakima Quiet Wolf
Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Reassuring you that I am doing fine……taking care of myself.
Weli Kishku…………………………Sakima Quiet Wolf
The LENAPE: The Original or Grandfather People....continued....
THE LENAPE PEACEKEEPERS
The Lenape were known as “peacekeepers”, event the Haudenosaunee consulted them regarding initiating the peace process.
Regarding visions, some American Indians never have a vision. Just because you have a vision does not make you an Indian. The ultimate question regarding a vision is, “Is the vision for the people, for their guidance.” If not, then to the Indian it was not really a true vision. A true vision was fo the benefit of the tribe and its safety and its directions.
Calling a Chief “Sakima” is a sign of great respect and honor. It is also a term not frequently known or used. When the term is used when addressing a Chief, it must be spoken of with a pureness of intent and heart and out of deep respect. It is not uttered with selfish intent or purpose, but only for the one who is deserving of much honor.
NEW JERSEY, THE “HEART” OF LENAPE’HOKING
New Jersey is the “heart” of the Lenape’hoking. There are important landmarks throughout the state. For example, Haddonfield is named after Elizabeth Haddon who befriended the Lenape people and even invited them to attend her marriage ceremony.
When the first Dutch and Swedish settlers landed upon the shores of the Delaware River in the early 1600’s, they encountered the Lenape people and had observed that they were people who hunted, trapped, and farmed the land. They fashioned nets for fishing and built gigantic canoes that could hold up to forty men. In 1701 Elizabeth Haddon left her English homeland to oversee the land development of her father. She was a very independent woman who held fast to her Quaker upbringing. In the area known as Cooper’s Creek she studied with the local Lenape tribe (the Unalachtico [Turkey Clan]) to learn of their customs, including plant identification for medicinal purposes which she used to treat the wounds and illnesses of those within her growing wilderness village. She married a Quaker minister and this was the point when she invited the Unalachtico to the ceremony. In 1750 when a new tavern building was being erected there were fewer than 1000 Lenape remaining in all of New Jersey due to the systematic elimination of the local aboriginal people. Colonists viewed this as triumphant, but the outspoken Elizabet viewed it with much anguish and as a shamelessly un-Christian campaign againse a once-proud nation of fellow human beings. Three years before her death, the region’s last Indian ings signed a treaty giving up their rights to their homeland, being forced to migrate west in search of new land they could call home. The remaining 100 Lenape who chose to stay in New Jersey went to live at Brotherton, on of America’s first reservations at Indian Mills in Burlington Country, New Jersey.
It is the completion of the story as told by Grandmother River Bird Woman.
Let’s test our knowledge of the Lenape.
1. What was the primary instrument usually carried by the Lenape?
2. How were the Moravians different from other groups of Europeans who made contact with the Lenape?
3. How did the Indian language affect the current standard of speech in America?
This is the time to make new regalia or repair and embellish the old regalia.
If regalia is torn, seams coming out or faded, it should be repaired or replaced. Sometimes the ribbons need to be replaced or trimmed and protected with Fray Check.
In Memory of Donna “Family Star” Myers Leonard 12/7/1958 – 12/19/2018
May she rest in the Peace and Glory of our Creator.
Memories: Family Reunions….Kitchen Duty @ powwows & other events….Her “CALL of the Wild”…Driving Mr & Mrs “Daisy” to anywhere….Family….Seamstress for all….Friend to many….Listening skills… Motorcycling…Family…Camping…Making the biggest pancake ever at a powwow over a campfire…Always ready for an adventure… Family… Sincere & Loyal…Loving…She & the He in her life… Caring…Brave…Kind…stubborn (to say the least)…Family – both her own & UELN. Remember always.
12th Day Ceremony was held 12/31/2018 @ Stoneboro Memorial Park on a cold and rainy day. Family and Friends attending……that evening a Fire was built in the Big House and those who could not make the Stoneboro ceremony attended & remembered a wonderful woman who was always a friend of each of us and stood up for United Eastern Lenape Nation til the end.
***The opinions expressed in this newsletter are entirely and solely those of the authors of each article. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the United Eastern Lenape Nation. The UELN, its writers and contributors, disclaim any and all liability that may arise out of the use of any of the information in this newsletter for any purpose whatsoever.
UELN or Lenape Native Path , PO Box 328, Ashtabula, OH 44005-0328
Answers to Questions: (The Lenape: Original people)
1. Water Drum.
2. The Moravians accepted and respected the Lenape culture.
3. Many Indian words have been added to the current English language.
American Indians in Ohio
Did you know the name "Ohio" is an Iroquoian Indian word? It came from the Seneca name for the Ohio River, Ohiyo, which means "it is beautiful." The Senecas were not the original inhabitants of Ohio, however. The Indian tribes of the Ohio Valley were decimated by smallpox and other European diseases before the Europeans had even met them, and Algonquian and Iroquoian tribes from neighboring regions moved into Ohio as European colonization forced them from their original homes. Only a few of the tribes who were living in Ohio before 1492 still survive today.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Ohio included:
Other Indian tribes who migrated into Ohio after Europeans arrived included:
There are no federally recognized Indian tribes in Ohio today.
Most Native Americans were forced to leave Ohio during the Indian Removals of the 1800's. These tribes are not extinct, but except for the descendants of Ohio Indians who escaped from Removal, they do not live in Ohio anymore. They were moved to Indian reservations in Oklahoma instead. If you click on the link for each tribe above, you can find more information about them.
Non-recognized Indian tribes and communities in Ohio include:
Munsee Delaware Indian Nation of Ohio:
Cambridge, OH 43725
Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band:
Dayton, OH 45401
Teaching and learning activities about Ohio Native Americans:
Feel free to print these out for classroom use!
Ohio Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Ohio's Indian tribes.
Ohio Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several Native Ohio languages.
Ohio Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Ohio animals.
Ohio Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Ohio.
Recommended books about Ohio Native Americans:
Ohio's First Peoples:
Good book on Ohio Indian culture and history.
Ohio Native Americans:
Simple book introducing Ohio's Indian history and culture to kids.
Ohio Native Peoples:
More in-depth book about Ohio Indian tribes for kids.
Encyclopedia of Ohio Indians:
Thorough reference book about the Native American tribes of Ohio.
A Country Between: The Upper Ohio Valley and Its Peoples:
Book on the culture and history of Ohio Indian tribes in the 18th century.
An illustrated book on Ohio's ancient American Indian cultures.
The First Peoples of Ohio and Indiana: Native American History Resource Book
A good book on the Native American tribes of Ohio and Indiana.
The Ohio Frontier:
History of the Ohio Indian Wars and removals of the 1700's and 1800's.
Indian Artifacts of the Midwest:
Collection of photographs of prehistoric paleo-Indian arrowheads and other artifacts.
Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Ohio state:
A good article on the pre-Columbian Native American people of the Ohio Valley.
I stumbled onto this article when I was looking for Native American cartoons or comedy. Couldn’t find anything appropriate and saw this…….so, I am sharing it with you. Morning Dove
ORGANIZE THE TRADING POST ITEMS. ORGANIZE THE CRAFT ROOM.
ADD NEW ITEMS TO THE TRADING POST.
Reminder: Each of us (kids included) are asked to make 1 item for the T.P. monthly.
PREPARE A GIVEAWAY FOR ITEMS NOT BEING SOLD OR USED.
Lenape Native Path, Inc.
Honoring Our Ancestors 15th Annual Powwow
June 21, 22 & 23, 2019
Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club
4026 US Hwy 322, Williamsfield, OH
Check out our website:
It is being revised!!!
Wolf Healing Mother
WORDS FROM OUR ANCESTORS:
So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion;
respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled
with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
Chief Tecumseh (Crouching Tiger) Shawnee Nation 1768-1813
See you next month.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
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