Delaware Indian Family


Print -- Woodblock Engraving
Delaware Indian Family
Illustrates the dress of Lenape Native Americans circa 1650, as perceived a Swedish colonist.
Woodblock engraved print showing two Lenape adults and one Lenape child. Both adults hold what appear to be pipes and the child carries a bow.

In addition to portraying the fashion of these individuals, and perhaps the Lenape people more broadly, this item portrays what was interpreted by the creator as a family, offering a possible glimpse into Lenape domestic life and family dynamics, but from the perspective of European notions of family.

Printed on border: "[From Campanius' "New Sweden."]" Written on border: "(1650)" Image is reported to be taken from "History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884" by J. Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott, 1884. The Campanius mentioned may refer to John Campanius Holm, a Swedish Lutheran minister and missionary who lived in the New Sweden settlement from 1643 to 1648. During this time he learned the Lenape language and translated Christian gospel into Lenape. He recorded many Lenape traditions in his journals.
1600s, 1700s, 1800s
Indians of North America -- 1600-1699
Delaware Indians -- 1650-1659
Campanius, John -- 1601-1883
Indians of North America -- Clothing & dress
Possibly John Campanius Holm
Original: 12 x 9 cm. (4.75 x 3.5 in.)
Digital Image: 547 × 760 pixels
New York Public Library
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