Waiting

A Delaware warrior waiting at the edge of the forest is ready for any circumstance that may arise. He has his weapons at hand and he is among some large white oak trees which provide cover or concealment if need be. The Delaware people were originally from eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. They signed their first treaty with William Penn in 1682. Due to difficulties with the Iroquois Confederation to the north and white settlers from the east, they were eventually forced out of their ancestral home territory and moved westward during the 18th century. They called themselves Lenni-Lenapi, meaning “Genuine Men” or “Original People”, and were made up of three main clans known by their totem symbols; the Turkey, the Turtle and the Wolf. Traditionally the men wore garments of tanned deer skin, but readily switched to wool and linen trade goods as soon as they became available from white traders. The warrior in this painting is attired in typical, late 18th century style. He is wearing deer skin leggings, connected to his waist band with a leather thong. Garters decorated with wampum are fastened below the knee. He has on a wool breech clout decorated with silk ribbons and on his feet are moccasins of tanned moose or elk hide with a center seam down the front which is covered with a strip of decorative porcupine quills and flaps that fold down, or can be tied up around the ankles to keep out debris. His knife is carried in a quill decorated sheath which he wears on a strap around his neck along with a couple of necklaces made of trade beads. He carries a leather pouch, also highly decorated with quills and brass cones which contain dyed deer hair. The pouch contains tobacco, shooting accessories and other personal items. He has a common, waterproof powder horn for his gunpowder and carries a typical smoothbore trade gun with a flint ignition system. On his wrists are some decorative brass bracelets and silver rings and jewelry adorn his fingers and ears. His head is shaved except for a top knot about the size of a silver dollar and two long braids decorated with beads and silk ribbons. Attached to the top knot is a tuft of white fur and two eagle feathers which could only be worn by someone who had performed a serious act of valor. Since his body and face are not painted, he is not anticipating an immediate combat situation.

  
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