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Stories passed down through the generations state that my great great grandmother was a Delaware. I believe she was since I feel a strong connection to Native Americans and their beliefs, customs,and traditions. I have chosen my sacred rock and taken it to the waters as my ancestors did generations ago.A majority of Delaware Indians are Native Americans that love the land and are proud of their ancestry.
I am blessed To walk the grounds that many Delaware, Lenni Lenape once called home...Kreidersville, Pennsylvania along the Hokendauqua"Creek. Hokendauqua(Hachiundochure)"means "searching for food".The walkers of the Walking Purchase were said to have spent their first night at the Hockendauqua Creek. The village was called "Hockyondocquay". As I walk along the banks of the Creek and swim in its mystifying waters I feel a connection to the spirits of our ancestors,the Delaware. Why am I here enjoying their lands when so many Delaware aren't?
I suppose to be their voice sharing their story. Most present day Delaware appreciate being addressed as Native Americans.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Author's Acknowledgments Thanks to my Delaware ancestors...especially my grandmother who passed along facts of our Delaware ancestors & those who inspired me to write Delaware Indians.com & my great grandfathers for falling in love with and marrying a Delaware Indian.May your kind spirit live on through this website.My research has taken me on many journeys, via the folks I've assisted via emails to Delaware Indians.com. I hope you learn valuable lessons with each visit to Delaware Indians.Delaware Indians are Native Americans that love the land and are proud of their ancestry. I would like to share historical facts passed down through the generations pertaining to these great people.
I walk the grounds that many Delaware indians called home...Kreidersville. My DELAWARE INDIAN HERITAGE came from Nanny Danner Davitt, my grandmother.Her great grandfather was a German [called in this country Pennsylvania Dutch because the local settlers could nut pronounce Duitch which means German} MERCENARY .. A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict and is "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party".
As a result of the assumption that a mercenary is essentially motivated by money, the term mercenary usually carries negative connotations he came here to fight as a hired soldier or as they called it a MERCENARY he battle ended he was given land in Pennsylvania. He settled here and married a Indian girl & had children. While they were out working the fields the Indians snuck in their house & stole their first child ,a girl to make up for the one he took from their tribe .After that they never bothered them again .Their son [Nanny's Grandfather] became a healer who treated people with herbs cures they would go out in the woods to search for .Together they searched for ginsing & other roots. He also had them swallow a small kind of bug he would find under boards in the cellar to cure stomach ailments. .
Pennsylvania along the Hokendauqua"Creek.
Hokendauqua(Hachiundochure)"means "searching for food".The walkers of the Walking Purchase were said to have spent their first night at the Hockendauqua Creek. The village was called "Hockyondocquay". As I walk along the banks of the Creek and swim in its mystifying waters I feel a connection to the spirits of my ancestors, the Delaware.
I occasionally use the word "Indians in my report...Indians was the historical name for Native Americans,(not to confuse youth researching on this web site).
Most present day Delaware appreciate being addressed as Native Americans..