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Free downloadable e-book just published by The New York State Museum, Albany, NY:
BEYOND MANHATTAN: A GAZETTEER OF DELAWARE INDIAN HISTORY REFLECTED IN MODERN-DAY PLACE NAMES
by Robert S. Grumet
Munsee and Northern Unami Interpretations by Ray Whritenour
Very nice. Looks like a fine reference.
Thanks. I see one mistake, so far, though. The very first entry is Amawalk, in New York state. It states:
AMAWALK (Westchester County). Whritenour thinks that Appamankaogh, an early spelling of Amawalk, sounds very much like the Munsee words *apaamaapoxkw, “rock here and there,” and *ahpeemaapoxkw, “upon the overlying rock.”
This could leave people scratching their heads, since my conjectural interpretations really don't match the early spelling given. But, this is because I didn't write this! The draft of the book I approved read as follows:
Ruttenber (1906a:34) traced Amawalk’s origin to the even earlier place name Appamaghpogh [*apaamaapoxkw – “rock here and there” / *ahpeemaapoxkw – “upon the overlying rock”] noted in the August 24, 1683, deed to land in present-day Somers in Robert Bolton’s (1881:86-87) history.
Quite a difference! I wasn't shown the final draft, so this wasn't caught. In any case, I've done a quick scan of the book and haven't found any other errors like this, yet. Of course, it had to happen on the first entry!
With all the outright errors in Lenape that are still being taught as fact you have a right to some mistakes. At least when your wrong it's not intentional or "ad-libbed" as some other "experts" are doing
I have no idea where Grumet got the variant, Appamankaogh. He says he can correct this in the next edition--maybe, next year. These e-books are easy to revise.
Last edited by sschkaak (Nov-25-2014 01:34:pm)