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Enduring Invasion, Surviving History
Perseverance of the Lenape and Nanticoke Peoples
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7 pm in Town Hall
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee, this discussion will explore the imminent
disappearance of the Lenape and Nanticoke people from Delaware and New Jersey by the end of the first century of European
invasion. Throughout the eighteenth century and into the first half of the nineteenth century, there were reports of the death
of the “last Delaware (Lenape)” or the “last speaker of the Nanticoke language.” Large numbers of Delawares and Nanticokes did
die in smallpox epidemics or left the home of their ancestors, winding up in distant places like Oklahoma and western Ontario, Canada.
Public officials and historians have promulgated this story of disappearance for at least 200 years. And yet—today thousands of Indian
people remain in this same homeland, connected by ties of kinship and residence to three tribal communities that still exist.
Dr. Cara Lee Blume is an archaeologist and historian with more than 40 years of experience working in Delaware. She received her
MA and PhD degrees in anthropology/archaeology from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. Over the last 25 years,
she has developed strong ongoing relationships with the interrelated Lenape and Nanticoke tribal communities of Delaware and
southern New Jersey. She has given papers on working with tribal communities at professional conferences ranging from the
Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference to the World Archaeological Conference. Since retiring from her position as Cultural
Heritage Program Manager with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, she has served as
consulting ethno-historian to the Confederation of Sovereign Nanticoke and Lenape Tribes, working on state and federal
recognition issues. She is currently researching the post-contact history of these communities.