March 15, 2023 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Widener Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street


Archaeology, Heritage, and the Power of Place for Lenape Tribal Nations

Jeremy Johnson

(Delaware), Director of Cultural Education, Delaware Tribe of Indians, OK

Gregory D. Lattanzi

Curator and State Archaeologist, New Jersey State Museum

Katelyn Lucas

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Delaware Nation

Doug Miller

Historic Site Director, Pennsbury Manor Historic Site

Daniel StrongWalker Thomas

Hereditary Chief, Delaware Nation Lenni Lenape

Presented in collaboration with Penn Museum

This panel discussion highlights tribal relationships to Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of Lenni-Lenape and Delaware peoples of the Delaware Valley. Archaeologists and tribal cultural specialists bring the site-specific landscapes and histories to life, illuminating once-vibrant places that remain important to tribal Nations today. Penn Museum curator Lucy Fowler Williams moderates the discussion.

Cosponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies.

Jeremy Johnson is the Cultural Education Director of the Delaware Tribe of Indians based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He is Lenape, Absentee Shawnee and Peoria. Before his current role, he served as Assistant Chief of the Delaware Tribe. Jeremy is a lifelong educator who worked for over eighteen years as a middle school and high school English teacher and coach. He is committed to preserving and revitalizing Lenape culture and language for the future generations of his tribe. Jeremy currently resides in Noble, Oklahoma with his wife, Anpetu Luta Wi, and two children, Marian and Jennings.


Gregory D. Lattanzi is Curator for the Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography at the New Jersey State Museum and the New Jersey State Archaeologist. He attended the State University of New York at Binghamton, then he earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from the City University of New York, Hunter College. Dr. Lattanzi was employed at a number of contract archaeological firms in the northeast participating in excavations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He worked on all types of cultural resource management projects from archaeological excavations to state and national register nominations. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Lattanzi started his career at the NJ State Museum as Registrar working his way up to become Curator and State Archaeologist. In 2013, while at the NJ State Museum, Dr. Lattanzi received his Ph.D. from Temple University. He has published on book on his work with copper artifacts in 2022; continues his research on Middle Atlantic archaeology, social complexity, pottery analysis and of course copper use. He has published numerous articles, and given public presentations at national, state, and local venues. 


Katelyn Lucas is a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Delaware Nation (a federally recognized Lenape tribal nation), based out of their extension office in Pennsylvania, Lenape homelands. She is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Temple University's English Department specializing in early American and Native American literatures. Her dissertation work aims to prioritize Lenape tribal sovereignty in scholarship and explicate a literary history of representations of Lenape nationhood, illuminating their impact on colonial and American politics as well as​ tribal practice.


Doug Miller is the Historic Site Director of Pennsbury Manor Historic Site, the recreated home of William Penn. Mr. Miller has 35 years of experience in running historic sites having served at Curtin Village (Centre County), Hope Lodge and Graeme Park (Montgomery County), Washington’s Crossing (Bucks County) and recently at Brandywine Battlefield Park (Delaware County). Miller serves as a peer reviewer in the museum accreditation process of the American Alliance of Museums as well as a peer consultant I the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). He is married and has one daughter.


Daniel StrongWalker Thomas is Turtle clan of the Delaware Nation Lenni Lenape people who are in diaspora in Anadarko Oklahoma. StrongWalker humbly serves his community as Hereditary Chief and is appointed by the Delaware Nation Executive Council as an Ambassador combating Corporations Posing as American Indian Nations (CPAIN.) StrongWalker is a fierce advocate for Land Back to the Lenape people, proper consultation, and reconciliation whenever possible. StrongWalker is Director of the United Lenape Land Trust, Chair of the Board for the Global initiative for Indigenous Advancement GIIA) and is Director of the American Indian Movement NE Woodlands chapter. StrongWalker has attended Phillips Academy Andover, and Salem State University where he was Chair of the Multi-Cultural Student Association, Student Trustee, a member of the Honors Society, and recipient of the Charlotte Forten Distinguished Scholar Award.​   


Lucy Fowler Williams is Associate Curator-in-Charge and Jeremy A. Sabloff Keeper of Collections in the American Section of the Penn Museum. She chairs the Museum’s Committee on NAGPRA (the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act), and among her recent projects, served as lead curator of the (ongoing) Native American Voices: The People Here and Now exhibition (2014) developed with four leading Native American advisors and 80 Native specialists.