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Posted by lobo to Nora Saul on Monday, January 22nd 2024:

In Reply to: Re: Indian Reservation posted by SAUL WEBER on Saturday, January 20th 2024:

Hi Nora,
The Hutchinson massacre site is about 3 miles north & slightly east of Bruckner & Middletown Rds., just south of where I-95 intersects with the Hutchinson River Parkway. The homestead was in the area known as “Split Rock” today. It is located just outside the NE corner of Split Rock Golf Course. If you google NYC Parks, Pelham Bay Park, Split Rock, you will see a nice historical write up on it. A few theories float on why Anne Hutchinson’s younger daughter Susanna (about 9 yrs. old at the time) survived. One theory is that she may have been playing around the area of the rock, saw what was happening, & took refuge behind it only to be found as the Indians were retreating afterwards.
Although I have not read it yet, there is a book by Katherine Kirkpatrick “Troubled Daughter”, the Susanna Hutchinson story.
Saul wrote an excellent synopsis on the Bronx Indian Museum & its history. I had no idea it ever even existed before you brought it up! I can say this however, (all to the best of my knowledge that is). The Lenape people did not build
teepees. They constructed huts (round and long varieties) using timber for wood framing & thatch. These dwellings were not made from stone. Also, they did not create totem poles as far as I have ever researched. The fact that these were present at the Bronx Indian Museum tells me that, as Saul wrote, that Mr. Heye had an expanse holding of Indian artifacts at the location, and as noted his collection reached far & wide. He stored artifacts at this Bronx location found from other regions (like buffalo hides).
About the canoe, was it carved out from a tree trunk? This was popular among the Lenape. That very well could have been a local find, and as old as quoted. Only way to tell would have been to see if were cut from a tree indigenous to the area, or of course documentation as to where Mr. Heye retrieved it from! We may never know unless the Museum of the American Indian (Manhattan) has a record of it! In any event, I think the chances are slim for it to be a local find, as the conditions for its preservation would have had to been extraordinary for it to survive all those years!

Reference ID: BX91950


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