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The Lenape Center

Joe Baker

We are a indigenous organization continuing the Lenape Cultural presence by promoting Lenape language and the creation, development, distribution and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture in Manhattan.


The Lenape of "real people" are the original peoples of Lenapehoking, today's New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and part of Connecticut.

Our first project is the Purchase of Manhattan concert opera, composed by celebrated Mohican composer Brent Michael Davids with the libretto written by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. Purchase of Manhattan premieres November 20th, 2014 at Marble Church in New York City. 

Help us nurture Lenape Center towards a physical, virtual and artistic permanent presence in the original homeland of Manhattan.