Endangered Language Alliance


Lunaape, the indigenous language of NYC

Lunaape Class - May

New York City may be the most linguistically diverse place in the world, but that diversity began with Lunaape (also called Lenape or Delaware), a Native American language of the Algonquian family. Today, Lunaape is being revitalized in communities in Canada, Oklahoma, and elsewhere.

ELA is honored to host classes taught by Karen Hunter, who has been teaching and revitalizing her language for over a decade. It may mark the first time in 300 years that the language has been taught in the traditional part of Lunaape-speaking territory that includes NYC.

Classes are always the third Friday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at ELA’s office near Union Square (3 W 18th St, 6th floor). Classes are free and require no previous experience. All are welcome — if possible, please drop us a quick email to let us know you’re coming!

5 thoughts on “Lunaape, the indigenous language of NYC

  1. Kia ora I have learned our indigenous language Te Reo Māori here in Aotearoa NZ. This was through university classes. Now I teach it to children of all ages. There are a lot of opportunities to teach and learn Māori now – many schools boast bilingual units and there are two immersion schools. What is the situation like in NYC? Are there any bilingual kindergartens or schools offering Lunaape / Delaware?

  2. If you’re still doing the Lenape language classes on the third Friday of every month, I’d love to come fo a class and learn! I am a friend of Mitinecock Chief Reggie Caesar.
    Please send me a message just saying you received this! Thanks. 🙂

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