shelly de paul, a teacher of the lenape language in pennsylvania and online, has said that she finds the ancient languages powerful. Words have power. And that she began her study of lenape in order to write poetry.
this is a sentiment I can definitely get behind. i've also been wanting to find my poetic music in lenape. i'm sure it will come. in fact, it's already happening.
also, i've had a breakthrough in terms of communicating my feelings about my connection with the lenape. i've been a bit sensitive to intimations on the part of 'others' that i may be a lenape wannabe, etcetera.
what i've realized is that i've realized how much more our native heritage meant to my mother and my grandparents, and their parents. it meant a lot to them, enough to keep it a secret from me, but to enjoy the secret secretly among themselves. i've realized how much more it meant to me than i ever recognized or acknowledged, surrounded as i was by the land and the community of the lenape remnant in the philadelphia area.
i can't not acknowledge that.
not only have these realizations, recognitions and awakenings filled in many of the blanks in my story, but they have reduced my anxiety and my need to please others. there's some way in which this experience has made me more whole, so it must be good. therefore i will continue on this path.
that's simple, that's clear. this clarity helps me.
'weli kishku' ~ have a nice day!