Susan Bachor, Archaeologist & Historic Preservationist with the Delaware Tribe of Indians, will kick off this year’s seminar series with a talk focusing on the Lenape people who inhabited this region for thousands of years before coming into contact with the first European explorers and colonizers in the 1500s and 1600s.
The Lenape people are the original inhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern New York. They lived along the Delaware River and its tributaries and counted the Pocono Mountains as part of their territory. Susan will discuss the lives, social structure, and culture of the Lenape during the Woodland Period, prior to contact with Europeans. She will describe their forced removal from their homelands and enlighten us about their vibrant contemporary communities.
Susan has worked for the Delaware Tribe of Indians in the Historic Preservation Office as a historic preservation representative and archaeologist for over seven years. She is also an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University. Her educational background is in pre-contact Middle Atlantic archaeology and the diaspora of the Lenape. Susan has lived and raised her children in eastern Pennsylvania, currently residing in the Pocono Mountain region.