Native American Culture and Religion in the Lenapehoking

George School is located within the cultural area known as the Lenapehoking, the traditional home of the Lenape (or “Delaware”) indigenous culture. This course will examine the successive cultures of Native American peoples living here — perhaps on the very site of our school — for the past 12,000 years. We will explore different aspects of Lenape lifeways, including Lenape material culture and surviving artifacts (like the wampum belt, above, made by indigenous artisans in 1682 to commemorate the Peace Treaty of Shackamaxon between the Lenape Nation and William Penn). The primary focus will be upon Lenape spiritual traditions, including those still actively practiced by Lenape community members today.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0