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Anyone ever hear of this fellow? He was living in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania in 1964.
I can't place the name but I think he was EDN. Maybe Blacksmith would know?
Don't recall hearing that name. 1964 was about 30 years before I got involved.
Two years have passed since I asked this question, here. Someone had asked me about him. This fellow had written a letter in 1964 and I post it, below. I have removed the name of the person to whom it was addressed, for privacy reasons.
This was my reply to the person who asked me about him. Again, that person's name is removed from this copy, for the reason stated above.
Thank you for sending me this letter from a character calling himself "Lightfoot Talking Eagle." Whether or not this guy was an Indian or not (and I doubt that he was), everything he told --------, in this letter, is incorrect.
Mahoning is a straightforward Delaware Indian (Lenape) placename, meaning "at the salt-lick." It is not a corruption of anything resembling "Ma-hochk-hoh-nee-wing-ga," supposedly meaning, 'the big or broad valley upon which the sun of tranquility or composure shines.' Both this supposed Indian name and its translation had to have been invented by the letter's author.
The Susquehannock and the Lenape were two entirely different peoples. Their languages were as different as English and Chinese; and, their cultures had significant differences.
There is no way anyone (and especially this fellow) could know what family or clan lived at Tamaqua in pre-contact times. This is all a product of this man's imagination.
Tamaqua is another straightforward Lenape word meaning, "beaver." It is not a corruption of some crazy word, Tah-noh-mochk-hah-neh-nochk, supposedly meaning, 'the land or place of the animals that build lodges in the waters, or the land of the beavers." This guy manufactured this name, no doubt, from his faulty memory of John Heckewelder's name for the Little Beaver Creek, which was Tank-amochk-hanne, and then the letter-writer added the -nochk on the end, thinking it would mean "land of." It's ridiculous.
His last, long paragraph is total baloney. None of what he says bears any resemblance to any Lenape beliefs, whatsoever. He has made up all of it. He's just another con-artist trying to deceive the public with his line of B.S.
Unfortunately, many of his kind still exist, today.
I would keep the letter, though; simply to document an example of the kind of snake-oil salesmen who were around in the '60's.
Thank you, again, for sharing this with me.
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And this guy precedes LS!
On further consideration, I would guess this guy was in Whipoorwill Thompsonâ€™s group, given the time and location referenced. But the content of that letter reminded me of nonsense I had to endure at a gathering of Doris Riverbird Womanâ€™s group once, from the mind of a man named Ray (I donâ€™t recall a Native cognomen). She was a part of the ELN, so that could be the same guy, many years later.
Ray Johnson, maybe??? I recall that name from somewhere. Don't know if he goes back that far, though.
Last edited by sschkaak (Sep-23-2019 09:39:am)
That sounds right. Boy, could that guy talk a line of nonsense. I donâ€™t remember any of the exact content, but he left me shaking my head!