Lenape Sacred Sites


Journey back in time and learn about the sacred sites used by our first residents of Northampton County – the Lenape Native Americans.

Thousands of years before our established religions of today, the Lenape believed in a one God creator (Kishelemucong) and conducted worship, ceremonies, and burials at these churches and cemeteries at scattered sites in the woodlands.

Brought to us by Ed Henning, this presentation is the culmination of work done at the first recorded archaeology site in Pennsylvania that contained both artifacts and ceremonial features – 36 MR 0220. “Thanks to the “Wisdom Keepers of the Lenape,” especially Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth and the hundreds of people who helped me in this mission. Wanishi (thank you) to all.” – Ed Henning

About Ed Henning

Edward S. Henning is an avocational archaeologist, author, producer, educator, museum docent and advisor on matters pertaining to anthropology and geology exhibit development. He was also the advisor to the Honorable Robert Redhawk Ruth, Chief of the Lenape Nation of PA, on matters of conservation of Sacred Sites and archaeology issues involving the Nation.

In archaeology he assisted Temple University on six formal digs. For the Lenape Nation of PA he surveyed Sacred Sites and then recorded the first Sacred Site ever registered in PA at Scotrun. Ed has published over 40 articles on archeology mainly lithic (stone) tools and produced seven educational CD’s for the Sigal Museum and the Lenape Nation of PA. Ed is a member of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeologists.