Jun 21-23, 2024

Lenapehoking: Returning to Our Homeland; Honoring our Heritage

Weaving story-telling and song, Curtis Zunigha will open the festival this year, and welcome us all to Lenapehoking. His story includes the forced removals of his Lenape ancestors from their indigenous homelands located between what’s now New York City and Philadelphia. Then the Lenape were called Delaware by the colonizers and pushed onto reservations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario Canada. Curtis’s return to the Lenape homeland represents an act of reclamation…of culture, identity, and heritage.

Curtis will also be reading excerpts from the book "Lenapehoking: An Anthology," a publication of Lenape Center and the Brooklyn Public Library. The first 100 tickets sold will come with a free copy of the anthology and all proceeds of the event will benefit Lenape Center.

Jun 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Tusten Theatre, 210 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, New York

Curtis Zunigha

Curtis Zunigha is an enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma. He has forty years of experience in tribal government & administration, community development, telecommunications, and cultural preservation. He is a specialist in Delaware/Lenape culture, language, and traditional practices. Curtis Zunigha is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force He is also the co-director and co-founder of Lenape Center, a nonprofit organization, based in New York, dedicated to continuing Lenapehoking through community, culture and the arts and working towards the creation of a cultural center.

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