Delaware Delegations Visit AMNH
On September 19, 2018, the American Museum of Natural History, Division of Anthropology, welcomed representatives of the Delaware Nation, Oklahoma (Nekole Alligood), the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma (Larry Brooks, Homer Scott, Brice Obermeyer) and the Stockbrridge-Munsee Community, Wisconsin (Bradley Pecore). The Delaware refer to themselves as Lenni-Lenape, and are a network of allied groups: the Unalachtigo, the Unami and the Minisink, later known as the Munsee. Before the arrival of Europeans, they lived across Lenapehoking—an expansive territory that included parts of present-day New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The American Museum of Natural History and all of New York City are on original Lenape territory.
The delegations came to the Museum to view Delaware ethnographic items, tour the Eastern Woodlands Hall and plan for upcoming repatriations under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. This visit continues an open and productive dialog between Lenape people and the AMNH.