Dr. David M. Oestreicher is recognized as a leading authority on the Lenape (Delaware) having conducted linguistic and ethnographic research among the last tribal traditionalists for over 30 years. Oestreicher recently curated the exhibition, Lenape: Ellis Island’s First Inhabitants at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. His writings have appeared in scholarly journals and books and he is the author of “Unmasking the Walam Olum: a 19th-Century Hoax,” which demonstrated conclusively for the first time that the Walam Olum, an allegedly ancient Lenape migration epic, is spurious.

 

 

 

 

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