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"Books are the windows through which the soul looks out."  As I think it was inscribed on a wall of the Topeka, Kansas High School Library. Editor.

This section contains entries on books and articles of interest to Lenape-Delaware History readers and researchers.

An example: Weslager, C. A.   The Delaware Indians: A History. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1972. (Weslager: "When white settlers overran Indiana, the United States government moved the Delawares across the Mississippi to new homes in Missouri Territory. Eight years later the government moved them from Missouri to Kansas Territory, and in 1867 the Delawares [except for the Kansas Delaware] finally migrated to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Weslager discusses these movements in The Delaware Indians: A History and amplifies the details in The Delaware Westward Migration")

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Life is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before passing it on to future generations.  G. B. Shaw

I like this little story. It reminds me that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously:
The Indians asked their Chief in autumn if the winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies the winter was going to be cold, and the members of the village were to collect wood to be  prepared for a cold winter. Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter to be cold?" The man on the phone responded, "This winter was going to be quite cold indeed." So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?" "Yes", the man replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter." So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again "Are you absolutely sure the winter is going to be very cold?" "Absolutely, we made a study " the weather man replies, "the Indians are collecting wood like crazy"

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