Shelley Windamakwi DePaul is the Chief of Education and Language for the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong educator, and has dedicated decades to revitalizing the Lenape language, which is incredibly endangered. This is the textbook DePaul created and uses for her classes, and is the product of decades of research and teaching. 


The 322 page textbook teaches the Southern Unami dialect of the Lenape language, and is broken down into 24 lessons and 24 advanced supplements. It includes a Lenape to English dictionary, an English to Lenape dictionary, and an appendix of verb conjugations. Also included are 4 audio CDs of spoken language corresponding to the lessons. A portion of the proceeds support the Lenape Nation of PA.


DePaul's Lenape language classes at Swarthmore College have been featured in the book The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s most Endangered Languages, written by linguist and anthrolpologist K. David Harrison and published by National Geographic. She continues to teach classes to the Lenape community and all interested learners.


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Conversations in the Lenape Language textbook w/CDs

SKU: 364215375135191
  • 322 pages. 8 x 11. 4 audio CDs.