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#1 Sep-09-2008 09:49:am

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Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

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Tribal artifact comes home

By Dan Shortridge • The News Journal • September 8, 2008

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OAK ORCHARD -- A wooden paddle given to a historian decades ago was returned to Delaware's Nanticoke Indian tribe on Sunday.
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The rare stirring paddle was presented to the tribe by Ronald M. Finch, former director of the state Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in a ceremony at the tribe's annual powwow near Millsboro.

Finch said the paddle originally was given to anthropologist Frank Speck, who made an early study of the Nanticoke peoples in the early 1900s and was instrumental in helping the tribe gain state recognition.

Speck then gave the paddle to historian C.W. Weslager, who wrote several books about the Indians of the Delaware area. Weslager gave it to Finch, who has held it for the past 60 years.

The fact that the paddle is still around and in good shape is remarkable, said Finch, 74.

"Wooden artifacts don't last out in the community very long," he said.

Tradition holds the paddle was given to Speck by either tribal member Joshua Hitchens or Chief Charles Clark, Finch said. It was said to have been 150 years old when it was given to Speck, he said.

The paddle has been displayed before -- including at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes --but Nanticoke Chief Larry Jackson said the paddle will now be put on display in the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro.

"It truly amazes me that a stirring paddle this old is coming back home," Jackson said.

State Archivist Russ McCabe said the paddle shows how history can come alive.

"These physical artifacts we place in museums connect us to our history and heritage," McCabe said.

Hundreds of people attended the powwow on Sunday after rain from Tropical Storm Hanna forced the cancellation of many of the events on Saturday, including the dancing.

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#2 Sep-26-2008 07:15:pm

Tokipahkinao
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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

HE! Folks,

                       I've got a Lenape stirring paddle, made for me by Charley Dean, Nora Thompson Dean's husband. It's real- made by a real Native American- hmmmm -

                       Because it's real, does that mean it wouldn't b e acceptable for the U of Penn Museum disaster? . . . . . .

                        Just thinking out loud!

                                          MaryEllen

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#3 Sep-26-2008 07:48:pm

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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

I carved one when I was 12 that I just brought home from the Nanticoke-Lenape Tribal Center. It's been on display there forever but It's going to the Smithsonian Institute soon. big_smile


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#4 Sep-26-2008 07:53:pm

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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

Tokipahkinao wrote:

HE! Folks,

                       I've got a Lenape stirring paddle, made for me by Charley Dean, Nora Thompson Dean's husband. It's real- made by a real Native American- hmmmm -

                       Because it's real, does that mean it wouldn't b e acceptable for the U of Penn Museum disaster? . . . . . .

                        Just thinking out loud!

                                          MaryEllen

It probably wouldn't be accepted. neutral

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#5 Sep-26-2008 08:14:pm

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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

tree hugger wrote:

Tokipahkinao wrote:

HE! Folks,

                       I've got a Lenape stirring paddle, made for me by Charley Dean, Nora Thompson Dean's husband. It's real- made by a real Native American- hmmmm -

                       Because it's real, does that mean it wouldn't b e acceptable for the U of Penn Museum disaster? . . . . . .

                        Just thinking out loud!

                                          MaryEllen

It probably wouldn't be accepted. neutral

How about a matching set of Mesingw salt and pepper shakers?   neutral

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#6 Sep-26-2008 08:57:pm

NanticokePiney
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From: Hopewell Twp., New Jersey
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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

sschkaak wrote:

tree hugger wrote:

Tokipahkinao wrote:

HE! Folks,

                       I've got a Lenape stirring paddle, made for me by Charley Dean, Nora Thompson Dean's husband. It's real- made by a real Native American- hmmmm -

                       Because it's real, does that mean it wouldn't b e acceptable for the U of Penn Museum disaster? . . . . . .

                        Just thinking out loud!

                                          MaryEllen

It probably wouldn't be accepted. neutral

How about a matching set of Mesingw salt and pepper shakers?   neutral

.....a meesingw water bong with a turtle shaped base.neutral


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#7 Sep-26-2008 11:26:pm

lenape
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Re: Nanticoke Paddle Returned...

NanticokePiney wrote:

sschkaak wrote:

tree hugger wrote:


It probably wouldn't be accepted. neutral

How about a matching set of Mesingw salt and pepper shakers?   neutral

.....a meesingw water bong with a turtle shaped base.neutral

I want a Mesing'w ipod case, traditional of course!!!!  LOL!lol

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