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Honoring Lenape People at the Crossroads
FIRST NATION LEADERS, DANCERS AND DRUMMERS JOIN OPENING CEREMONY TO HONOR LENAPE PEOPLE AND THE CROSSROADS
Tickets are available at the door for the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 6th at 11 a.m. for the Crossroads Historical Marker. Leaders and several professional Native American dancers and drummers will be present to honor the Lenape Native trails that became known as the Doylestown crossroads of State and Main Streets (now Interstate Rts. 202 and 611). The Marker will honor the Indian trails that sit in the County Seat of Bucks.
This unique opening ceremony will be held at the Doylestown Presbyterian Church on Mechanics Street (behind the Court House) providing an all round educational experience for youth and adults alike. Renowned Algonquin scholar and author, Evan Pritchard says. “Route 202 as established by the DOT goes about 700 miles from Newcastle Delaware to Bangor Maine where it stops on the banks of the Penobscot River at a known Indian crossing.” Pritchard will also explain trading habits that date back before 1000 AD along the Lenape trails where William Doyle placed his
Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy of PA will be visiting, along with Artist Bart Standing Elk Cartwright Lead Dancer of Lenni Lenape lineage and born in Bucks County, PA. More dancers with tribal connections include Roger Crazy Wolf Sanez who is full blooded Apache Chiricahua, who says it is important for everyone to be a part of the first ever Doylestown historical marker to the trails from long ago: "The Lenni Lenape were here in the 1400's and we were too. I am coming to support the lives and spirits of our ancestors. They are the same as us. They were the First Peoples which is why the region is called Lenapehoking, land of the Lenape." The 11am opening ceremony includes Native American style sage blessings for individuals, a prayer in the Lenape language and descriptions of Lenape spirituality. Pritchard, as an Algonquin scholar, studies all tribes of similar language and culture that included a large area of what is now the U.S.
Following the lecture there will be a 2:00 pm Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony with speakers including Doylestown Mayor Libby White and Doylestown Borough Council President Det Ansinn, at the crossroads of State and Main Streets. A reception in honor of the contributions of the Lenni Lenape will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the park behind the Doylestown Historical Society at 56 S. Main
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