Sunday, June 24, 2012
Lenape Codes: Explorations in Delaware Arts, LIVE TODAY! Please read, and if you can help the project, links are included.
Lenape Codes: Explorations in Delaware Arts: <p>This project evolved through a memoir I began writing on my grandfather, a Lenape(Delaware) American Indian, in an attempt to explore my personal heritage andthe facets of his American indigenous identity. These were suppressed by thesocio-political pressures of his lifetime. My research uncovered an unknownglyphic language that expanded the scope of my memoir into a multi-media piecethat explores graveyard symbolism. Algonquian people like the Lenape usedimages that preserved clues to their tribal identities and historical eventsnot otherwise documented. </p><p>I isolated the marble tombstones, ornamented with woodland motifs and specifically the “Ojibway Rose” as the primary source to explore the imagery and significance of this glyphic language. The tombstones also mark the path of the Algonquian Indians from Great Plains back to the place of contact betweenEuropeans and Algonquian bands on the East Coast. The connotative symbolism of the Rose represents everything from the spiritual and ceremonial tradition to prayer, healing, Earth, and plant life. I refer to the format of this piece as a “creative text” because it is composed of assembled photographs, maps, documents, and my own response in the%