Glass Center ConceptLenape Center is a sponsored organization of Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Lenape Center ltd. is a non-profit organization based in the ancestral Lenape island of Manhattan whose mission is to promote Lenape language and the creation, development, distribution and exhibition of Lenape arts and culture; thus building a pathway for Indigenous people between inherited cultural traditions and the dynamic innovations of contemporary global society.

We believe that Lenape creativity and wisdom will continue to play a significant part in creating a better world for generations to come.

Lenape Center directors:

Joe Baker, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Enrolled member of The Delaware Tribe of Indians

Curtis Zunigha, Co-Founder and Director
Enrolled member of The Delaware Tribe of Indians

Hadrien Coumans, Co-Founder and Director
Adopted member of the Whiteturkey/Fugate family

Thank you to our friends:

Intersections International
The Collegiate Church
Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe
Sterling Forest
Studio Spirito
The Waintrob Project

The Lenape Center relies for much of its development on volunteer and pro bono work and is committed to working efficiently to serve the needs of the Lenape diaspora. We conduct affairs in a transparent manner and our financial statements are accessible.
The Lenape Center has the mission of continuing the Lenape cultural presence in Manhattan.
Manhattan Bridge
Photo: Dan Goldman
The Lenape Center is developing ground breaking programs : THE PURCHASE OF MANHATTAN, a concert opera composed by Nationally acclaimed composer Brent Michael Davids-, written by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac.

Please make a donation today for the November 20th 2014 NYC premiere by clicking to this link : Lenape Center and the Purchase of Manhattan Opera NYC Premiere.

Oratorio by Brent Michael Davids
Music by Brent Michael Davids
Libretto by Joseph Bruchac, Brent Michael Davids

Lenape Center is proud to announce the New York City premiere of Brent Michael Davids' opera, Purchase of Manhattan on November 20, 2014 at Marble Collegiate Church. Purchase of Manhattan receives a standing ovation at its world premiere at Syracuse University at Hendricks Chapel. November 10th.
Lenape Center Co-founder/Director Curtis Zunigha with composer Brent Michael Davids
Composer Brent Michael Davids

Photo: Russ Cussick
Chief XU textile line featured in Vogue Brazil and currently a part of Joe Baker's installation

The XU Textile line is part of Joe Baker's installation at the Museum of Art and Design- in Manhattan at the exhibit: Changing Hands : Art Without Reservation Part 3 in 2012

XU - Joe Baker with Hadrien Coumans
Fabrics Indigenous to Manhattan

Joshua Zinder architectural firm creates contemporary blend of Lenape and Jewish architecture

"The Jewish tradition of Sukkot, with its mandatory creation of a temporary, nomadic structure called the sukkah, relies on the use of easily found materials and an understanding and respect for place and nature. Many nomadic tribes across the world have similar traditions, and in the Northeastern American context we find the Lenni Lenape tribe's longhouse. This Native American tribe was the primary indigenous people, from Connecticut to Delaware, and moved through this territory utilizing the longhouse as seasonal dwellings. The longhouse structure had many of the same attributes as the sukkah and Lenni Lenape seasonal travels could be seen as parallel to how the Jewish people wandered for 40 years in the dessert. In order to create a sukkah that is rooted in its local environment and culture, the Longhouse Sukkah utilizes accessible and standardized materials. While its form is inspired by the structure and construction methods of the Lenape Indians’ longhouse, it uses electrical conduit to mimic saplings the Lenni Lenape used, the grass rope or bark traditionally used for lashing is now replaced with cotton rope, and finally the pelt cover used for walls is transformed into ripstop fabric. All of these materials are durable, easily stored and reusable. Through the use of contemporary materials emulating traditional longhouse elements in tandem with vernacular forms altered to allow views of the sky, the Longhouse Sukkah blends the Jewish tradition of Sukkot with the vernacular building forms of the Lenni Lenape. This sukkah achieves fusion of two cultures from the past to continue an inveterate Jewish commandment in our 21st century American context."

Longhouse Sukkha by Joshua Zinder Design