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The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  James Bryce
The beginning of wisdom is getting things their right name.   E.G. Wilson, Infinite Voyage

The inclusion of any title does not mean that the editor agrees or disagrees with its content. Herbert C. Kraft's, The Lenape and C. A. Weslager, The Delaware Indians: A History  and his The Delaware Indian Westward Migration provide  the best information for the general reader.  The history of the Lenape in, A Lesson in Administration Termination: An Analysis of the Legal Status of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, especially its coverage of Delaware-Cherokee relations, is very good.  Fay Louise-Smith Arellano's transcriptions in Delaware Trails: Some Tribal Records 1842-1907 contain data on Lenape/Delaware in Kansas and on those who went to Indian Territory (Oklahoma).  Mary Smith Witcher's, Our Cherokee-Delaware Heritage contains data on many Delaware. Both of the latter two are recommended for those working on Lenape/Delaware genealogy. Louise Barry's, The Beginning of the West: Annals of the Kansas Gateway to the American West 1540-1854  has thousands of  accounts on a daily basis of all that  happened of importance in the development of the West. It is out-of-print, but can be found in libraries and by a book search.  The entries marked with an asterisk (*) concerning the Walam Olum--the Origin Story of the Lenape/Delaware--contain material and opinions that are objectionable to some because they tend to refute the validity of the Walam Olum. They are included herein because they are a part of the body of literature. None of them has the approval or disapproval of the editor. C. A. Weslager's comments on many of the items from The Delawares: A Critical Bibliography  have been added. With the death of Herbert Kraft in 1999 and that of C. A. Weslager several years ago, we lost the leading Lenape-Delaware historian-ethnographers of the latter decades of the 20th century. The bulk of the titles on the Delaware/Lenni Lenape have been entered herein. Other titles will be added as they are discovered. Additional information on content and availability of each title will be added as available. Additions and corrections are always welcome. Send to swiftwater@lenapedelawarehistory.net .

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