“Lenape Voices” is a Middle School arts and service project that seeks to honor over 10,000 years of Lenape stewardship of this land. As you walk around campus, you will see 21 different rocks (ahsëna) painted with relevant Lenape words and their English translations. We invite you to reflect on both the absence and presence of the Lenape people in this place. Please connect to The Lenape Talking Dictionary to hear mother tongue Lenape speakers bring these words to life in their ancestral homelands.
We are on the ancestral lands of the Lenape people, which they inhabited for thousands upon thousands of years. The Lenape people were pushed off the land by settler-colonialists, and experienced a series of forced relocations. Today, descendents of the original Lenape people belong to five federally recognized nations: the Delaware Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Delaware Nation of Oklahoma, Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Wisconsin, and in Ontario, Delaware Nation of Moraviantown and Munsee Delaware Nation. As Westtown School engages in the work of discerning a path towards right relationship with the modern-day Lenape, we honor the Lenape who lived on this land in the past and the Lenape today who yearn for connection with this land.