archaeologist and author, Edward J. Lenik, as he discusses his book, Keepers of the Pass: The Ramapough Lenape
Indians. This is the third book by Mr. Lenik on this topic published by the
NJHHS. It is a companion volume to Indians
in the Ramapos: Survival, Persistence and Presence, published in 1999 and Ramapough Mountain Indians: People, Places
and Cultural Traditions published in 2011.
In Keepers of the Pass, Lenik
continues his exploration of the Indian presence, past and present, in the New
York-New Jersey Highlands. Chapters address records of ancestry, hallowed
ground, folklore and lifeways, subsistence patterns and the persistence of
sociocultural authority in hostile times.