Who We Are
Eastern Delaware Nations (EDN) members are descendents of Native Americans who
lived in the Endless Mountains Region of Northeastern Pennyslvania and resisted
being removed. EDN presents numerous workshops and events about Native American history, heritage, culture, and continued presence in the region. Researching
and interpreting this history is a focal point, but transference of living
culture is central to our members. Many of us carry forward pieces of a culture
shattered by genocide. EDN offers a forum to pull those pieces together into a
EDN members are descendents of tribes from outside this region. Some are
cardholders of federally recognized tribes who now reside in this region. They
recognize EDN as an active local group providing them with social, religious,
and cultural support.
Some EDN members are not of
Native American descent, but join as social members in support of a family
member or to assist EDN in educational outreach and other activities.
Some of our ancestors who remained in the Endless
Mountains Region chose to 'become' the ethnicities they most resembled, or were
connected to through marriage or other relationships.
They did this due to fear; of removal, of federal
policies prohibiting land ownership or public office; of boarding schools for
their children; of laws outlawing their religious practices. In essence, they hid in plain sight through
assimilation into the non-native majority. Their legacy is written in our
physical features. Their traditions and worldview are reflected in our oral
histories and culture.