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#1 Jul-12-2008 08:17:pm

NanticokePiney
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Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

I was enthralled at the fact that the Pennsyvania Lenape used a horning ceremony to appoint a chief and realized that since it was first used by Chief Bill Thompson it must of originated in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. This is my attempt to find it's origins
  I had wanted my research to be professional and follow the criteria of The University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg University and other accredited Anthroplogy Departments. Apparently this criteria is "Research little and do not travel far". So I decided to follow in their footsteps and not leave the Lazyboy in my library.
  My first project was to locate Lenapes still residing in the Pine Barrens. To do this I decided to follow the criteria of these illustrious institutions and forego any reading and background research. I dialed 411.
  "411 information can I help you" the operator asked
  "I'm looking for Indians in Burlington County. Do you have any listed?"
  "We only list names and telephone numbers. Do you have their names?"
  "Err...No. So you don't have any Indians listed?"
  "No. Just names and phone numbers."
  "Howabout Ocean County"
  "None there either"
  "Errr..... None huh?"
  "No. Allthough there is a Indian tribe listed in Cumberland County."
  "No. They're not Indians. They're Black."
  "I have a Indian reservation in Rancokus."
  "They're Black too."
  "That's it then."
  "OK, thank you." *CLICK*
  Deciding that maybe I was following the criteria a little to closely I made a trip to the Pine Barrens. In ten minutes I was there.
  My first attempt at contact was a man I knew to be Lenape. His name was Buddy Holloway. I stop to see him but he was dead and couldn't tell me anything.
  I left the Browns Mills Cemetery and headed for Indian Mills where I knew another Lenape man named Bucky Miller resided. He was dead too and couldn't tell me anything either.
  I was driving up Tabernacle Road and then realized not only did I know a living Indian in the Pine Barrens but a member of the Thompson Family. I headed for his favorite haunt.
  I found his truck at the local woodstove, gun, bait, archery and tackle shop located in Chatsworth and pulled in. The proceeded into the woodstove, gun, bait, archery and tackle shop.
  Mr. Thompson was sitting on his favorite stool discussing with the owner, Mr. Lee about the merits of forgoing a hunting license when I asked the question.
  "Tell me about Chief Thompson's horning ceremony."
Mr. Thompson looked at me like he was trying to do advanced trig in his head while his house was burning down.  "Wha?...wha?.... what the @#$% are you talking about???"
  "Your cousin Bill's sacred horning ceremony. Tell me about it's origins."
  "Did you fall out of your tree stand and land on your head again?"
  I replied that I did but it had nothing to do with the question.
  "I told you not to talk about him" He told me coldly. Protecting his sacred and secret knowledge.
  I told him "OK" and thought maybe he did not want to talk about it in front of Mr. Lee who was a member of the Mohiccup Tribe and not privy to such knowledge as I was.
  I caught up to Mr. Thompson later at his Lenape style tree stand on Goose Pond and found him eyes closed, deep in sacred Indian prayer to call the big bucks. Knowing I could only disturb him in the Pine Barren Lenape manner I picked up a rock on the edge of the pond. Tossed it up into the tree and hit him square between the eyes.
  Mr. Thompson fell backwards out of the stand but do to his heightened Lenape reflexes and a safety harness designed for clumsy hunters he swung unharmed out of a large bull pine. That is, until he smacked straight into the trunk face first.
  "Mr. Thompson. Can you tell me about the ceremony now we are alone?"
  "No! But I can do this!" He replied loudly pulling up the Remington 870 Wingmaster 12 Gauge preferred by the Lenape living in the Pines.
  Knowing I could learn no more from him I left the Thompson family property with buckshot inbedding in the bull pines that surrounded me.
  My research will continue..................


   

My apologies to Mr. Thompson. Told ya I was gonna write it boyo!!!

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#2 Jul-13-2008 12:51:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

LMAO What the heck?

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#3 Jul-13-2008 04:41:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

tree hugger wrote:

LMAO What the heck?

I'm going to try to interview Mr. Thompson again but me Mr. Lee told me to wait until he calms down. He said the only subject he wanted to talk to me about was something called "Blood Feud".
  Is that a Pine Barren Lenape thing ????    neutral


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#4 Jul-15-2008 03:59:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

Mr. Lee told me I should ask my dad about the 'Horning Ceremony' because he was a full blooded Indian.
  I told him my dad's not Indian. He's Black.
  "He looks Indian to me" said Mr. Lee
  "The people at Rowan University said he was Black" I responded. "and they are the one's with degrees, not me" I added. "So they must be right".
  "Did you fall out of your deer stand again?" He asked
  "No" I answered "I fell off a berry conveyer trying to use it as a stand."


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#5 Jul-22-2008 05:24:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

HE! NP,

                               That story about Bill Thompson's Horning Ceremony  was the laugh of the day.  LOL

                                     Wanishi,

                                               MaryEllen

PS. we'll have to exchange private E-mails about BT, and the Churchville Nature Center, Bucks Co., PA 

                                               MEF

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#6 Jul-22-2008 06:11:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

Tokipahkinao wrote:

PS. we'll have to exchange private E-mails about BT, and the Churchville Nature Center, Bucks Co., PA 

                                               MEF

yikes I was being dragged around by Wayandaga in the late 70s early 80s. I probably have better stories. Wayandaga actually first thought up the horns when he invented the Deer Dance.


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#7 Jul-22-2008 06:22:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

Can't we hear them here? I need a laugh. You can always put it in members only board "Who are these people"

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#8 Jul-22-2008 06:43:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

tree hugger wrote:

Can't we hear them here?

YEAH! Put them here. We won't be offended lol


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#9 Feb-24-2015 10:48:pm

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

bump


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#10 Feb-27-2015 12:14:am

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Re: Bill Thompson and The Mystery of the Lenape Horning Ceremony

Now there's some fun from days gone by...lol


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