The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania and the Bachmann Players of Easton will open the Peace Fair in Lahaska on September 21st with a ceremony “to heal the land” and a historical reenactment from the early days of Bucks County. Their stop at the Peace Fair is part of a “Walking Purchase Journey” that will take them from the Wrightstown Quaker Meetinghouse to the “Bond Farm” in the town of Jim Thorpe, commemorating the take-over of Indian land by William Penn’s heirs in 1737.
The “Walking Purchase” was a dubious treaty forced upon the Lenape by Penn’s sons that removed the tribe from prime hunting lands along the Delaware River, comprising an area about the size of present-day Rhode Island. Believing that they had been defrauded of their ancestral lands, the Lenape sided with the French at the outset of the French and Indian War.
The Peace Fair will begin at 10:30am with a presentation by the Bachmann Players to set the scene, after which tribe member Shelley Depaul will speak in the Lenape tongue about the Walking Purchase, followed by a Lenape drum circle ceremony.
The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of Lenape history and culture. The group is active in the revival of tradition and community and maintains a cultural center in Easton.
Now in its 20th year, the Peace Fair showcases the valuable work being done by Bucks area non-profits. The fair offers live music, standard and vegetarian food, kids’ games, dozens of crafts vendors and a host of activities for young and old. Organized and funded by Bucks area Quakers, the Peace Fair is handicapped accessible and admission is free. Further information can be found at www.peacefair.org, and on the Peace Fair Facebook page.