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Information on the Delaware Nation


As I live just an hour away from Moraviatown I thought I'd try and obtain more information about this area and its people.  From what I have been able to discover the people of Moraviatown were Christian converts of the Delaware Nation and due to persecution by the American people they left the US to come to the Thames River area of Kent County in Ontario, Canada. Their spiritual leader was David Zeisberger from what is now known as the Czech Republic. The Lanapi was the original name of the Delaware and so have also looked for information on that name as well.

I have been digging around to see what books I could find on the Delaware and also on David Zeisberger and here is the list of books I have found all in pdf format.

Diary of David Zeisberger Book 1
Diary of David Zeisberger Book 2

The Delaware Indians by Richard C Adams
This is a very short book but most interesting and tells of their Thanksgiving ceremonies.
Delaware Indian Legends by Richard C. Adams

Essay of a Delaware-Indian and English Spelling Book
History of the Delaware and Iroquois Indians
The Indian Chief, Journeycake
Legends of the Delaware Indians and Picture Writing
The Lenâpí and their Legends
Memorial of the Delaware
The Moravian Indian Mission of White River
Religion and Ceremonies of the Lenape
A Study of Delaware Indian Medicine Practice and Folk Beliefs
Lenape from Wikaperia
Delaware Religion
Videos of the Delaware Indians
Contributions on the Early History of the North-West
Including the Moravian Missions in Ohio by Samuel P. Hildreth M.D. (1861)
The History of the Moravian Mission
Among the Indians in North America from its commencement to the present time with a preliminary account of the Indians, compiled from Authentic sources by a member of the Brethern's Church (George Henry Loskiel).
History of the Mission of the United Bretheren among the Indians in North America
By George Henry Loskiel (1794) translated from the German text.

Ancestral Lands returned to First Nations
Article from the Chatham Voice Newspaper

The return of the Fairfield settlement lands to the Delaware First Nation people by the United Church of Canada on Friday was historic in more ways than one.

The signing ceremony between the Eelunapeewi Lahkeewiit (Delaware) First Nation Chief Denise Stonefish and the United Church of Canada was many years and many discussions in the making. Both sides of the table will tell you they met with patience and mutual respect, and the people who first settled that piece of land in 1792 were not walking away until their ancestral lands were once again under the Delaware Nation banner.

The hurt and damage left behind from residential schools, where First Nations children were forced to give up their traditions, culture and spirituality to conform to Christian beliefs and values will never be forgotten, but the Call to Action of the federal Truth and Reconciliation Commission has made a start in healing relationships.

The United Church of Canada has shown its commitment to healing and forging a new, mutually respectful relationship with First Nations neighbours with the signing over of the Fairfield settlement lands – putting words into action – and they set an excellent example for all religious denominations about living in peace with all people.

With plans for an interpretive centre that will chronicle the journey the Delaware Nation people took to arrive in this area, our entire community – and visitors – will get a better understanding of the deep roots the Eelunapeewi Lahkeewiit have on that stretch of land on the banks of the Thames River between Thamesville and Bothwell.

Most people weren’t aware that the name Moraviantown was not in reference to the Delaware First Nation settlers. The Moravian missionaries travelled to this area and helped settle the village with the First Nation people – and with the name change to Eelunapeewi Lahkeewiit, the community has taken back its ancestral heritage along with the land.

Much respect to both sides at the signing ceremony for patience, understanding, communication and goodwill in righting a wrong from many years ago, that forges a strong bond based on mutual respect for the future.


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