"Take care of the earth and she will take care of you."
The  animated image marks the current location Clicking on it or the balloons will display the time.
The black arrow marks the exact location.
Lenni Lenape
"Carry Me Back"
at the
"Games Show NYC" in the Macy Gallery at the Teacher's College of Columbia University
The Hitchhiker of a Lenni Lenape woman is constructed of light-weight reinforced  plywood held upright by a collapsible prop.  Its current location - within an hour-  is displayed on the map above.  Clicking on the animated figure will display the time the location was reported.  A note on the sculpture's back requests passers-by to become Players by picking up the Lenni Lenape and taking her on an adventure.  If they do, the note offers each of the five players that take the Lenni Lenape Hitchhiker on the best adventures a 1/7th share in the sculpture.  Here are some places she might like to visit:
  •  American Indian Museum, 1 Bowling Green St.
  • TIME LANDSCAPE by Alan Sonfist. Pre-Colonial forest on a small rectangular plot at the northeast corner of La Guardia Place and W. Houston Street near the La Guardia Place Pediatrics clinic.
  • Next to the tennis courts at Chelsea Park near the Lenape Edible Garden at W. 27th St. near 10th Ave.
  • American Museum of Natural History at 79th Street & Central Park West
 But they are invited to have other ideas, to be creative, to feel free to take her wherever they wish.  The note also tells Players how to register for their share of the artwork. The Lenni Lenape sculpture  will be released to the public by being left on a corner somewhere in Manhattan  on May 14, 2011.
 Carry Me Back Main Page
Thelonious Monk Hitchhiker

Saul Steinberg Hitchhiker
Press Page

In his depiction of  a Lenni Lenape woman, artist Jim Pallas was inspired by the description that Giovanni da Verrazano, the Italian explorer, wrote of the people he met  in 1524.  He said, "These people are the most beautiful and have the most civil customs that we have found on this voyage. They are taller than we are, they are a bronze color, some tending more towards whiteness, others to a tawny color; the face is clean-cut, the hair is long, and their manner is sweet and gentle, very like that of the ancients. They have all the proportions belonging to any well built men. Their women are just as shapely and beautiful; very gracious, of attractive manner and pleasant appearance."
The clothing of the Lenape was simple.....Women had knee or calf length wrap around skirts and wore fur robes in winter, or a beautiful mantle made from turkey feathers. Ornaments of bone, shell and wampum were sometimes worn as necklaces, or on wrists and ankles
The Lenape (pronounced /ˈlɛnəpiː/or/ləˈnɑːpi/) are a group of several organized bands of Native American people with shared cultural and linguistic characteristics. Their name for themselves sometimes spelled Lennape or Lenapi, means "the people." They are also known as the Lenni Lenape (the "true people") or as the Delaware Indians. English settlers named the Delaware River after Lord De La Warr, the governor of the Jamestown settlement. They used the name  Delaware Indians for almost all the Lenape people living along this river and its tributaries.
At the time of European contact in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Lenape lived in the area now referred to as Lenapehoking, roughly the area around and between the Delaware and lower Hudson Rivers. This encompassed what are now known as the U.S. state of New Jersey; eastern Pennsylvania around the Delaware and Lehigh valleys; the north shore of Delaware; and much of southeastern New York, particularly the lower Hudson Valley, Upper New York Bay, and western Long Island.
Lenape society was organized into clans determined by matrilineal descent. Territory was collective, but divided by clan. At the time of European contact, the Lenape practiced large-scale agriculture, mostly companion planting, their primary crops being varieties of the "Three Sisters." They also practiced hunting and the harvesting of seafood. They were primarily sedentary, moving to different established campsites by season.
After the arrival of settlers and traders to the 17th-century colony of New Netherland, the Lenape and other native peoples became extensively involved in the North American fur trade. Their trapping depleted the beaver population in the region, proving disastrous for both the Lenape and the Dutch settlers. The Lenape were further weakened by newly introduced infectious diseases, and by conflict with both Europeans and the traditional Lenape enemies, the Iroquoian-speaking Susquehannock. Over the next centuries, they were pushed out of their lands by Iroquoian enemies, treaties and overcrowding by European settlers, and moved west into the Ohio River valley. In the 1860s, most Lenape remaining in the Eastern United States were sent to the Oklahoma Territory. In the 21st century, most Lenape now reside in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, with some communities living also in Kansas, Wisconsin, Ontario, and in their traditional homelands.
some links have been removed from the above article.  For the unaltered version go to  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenni_Lenape
Travelog

Mid March, 2011: Lenni, Saul and Thelonious appear on earth, open up email accounts and create Facebook pages for themselves.

April 12 - Thelonious has 78 "friends."  Lenni has 113.  Saul: 88.  They are frequently harassed by Facebook robots who suspect something fishy is going on.

April 22 - Thelonious, Saul and Lenni  reveal their true nature on Facebook.

May 10 -  Monk's, Lenni's and Saul's tracker units were disconnected and they were hustled into a large van by driver Big Danny which disappeared down the road.

lenape Hand
May 11 - We seem to be in a parking lot with a bunch of other big trucks.  Saul says they're "Semis"  but they look whole to me.  His and Monk's batteries are dead.  Mine almost.  I hope we get to the "Big Apple" soon.

May 13 - "They say this is Manna Hatta, Hill Island?  But all is man-made canyons and straight flat paths for mainly yellow carriages." Lenni says.   "Strange birds, smells and people.  What is this place?  Carry me home."

May 14 - Stayed overnight with Saul and Monk in a Columbia U. office.
Lenni in a Columbia U. office.
Lenni says she likes what the university does, not its name.
Trio takes a ride
Adam takes the Hitchhiking Trio for a ride downtown and released on a west side pier.



copyright: Jim Pallas 2011