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RACER: A Tale Of Becoming Human

RACER: A Tale Of Becoming Human

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Published by Gordon Clark
This is Benjamin's story. It also is Racer's story. And it's Fox's story. Benjamin was an 11-year-old child of the French and Indian War, captured by the Lenni Lenape in the wilderness of western New Jersey Colony. Racer was the person Benjamin became after he was adopted by the Delaware tribe. Fox is Racer's spirit guide who connects the two. Racer was a real person (my great-great-great-great-great grandfather); the story is my own imagination.
This is Benjamin's story. It also is Racer's story. And it's Fox's story. Benjamin was an 11-year-old child of the French and Indian War, captured by the Lenni Lenape in the wilderness of western New Jersey Colony. Racer was the person Benjamin became after he was adopted by the Delaware tribe. Fox is Racer's spirit guide who connects the two. Racer was a real person (my great-great-great-great-great grandfather); the story is my own imagination.

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Published by: Gordon Clark on Jan 26, 2011
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Cover Illustration:
Winter Trade
 
by Robert Griffing
Robert Griffing's masterful painting "Winter Trade" depicts atypical scene during the fur trade, when trading was the mostcommon interaction between Whites and Indians. This was theperiod just before the great waves of colonial expansion that led toalmost constant warfare and drove the Lenni Lenape from theirancestral lands.
RACER: A TALE OF BECOMING HUMANCopyright 2011By Gordon Clark
 
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Table of Contents
Family Ties............................................................................3
 
Introduction...........................................................................5
 
Prologue.................................................................................7
 
Chapter 1: Our Perilous Journey........................................9
 
Chapter 2: A Company Of Pirates....................................17
 
Chapter 3: This Grand City...............................................23
 
Chapter 4: A Wretched Place............................................29
 
Chapter 5: Under Attack....................................................36
 
Chapter 6: Beached and Alone..........................................41
 
Chapter 7: On The Run......................................................46
 
Chapter 8: Crossing The River..........................................51
 
Chapter 9: Caught!.............................................................59
 
Chapter 10: A Bloody Welcome........................................66
 
Chapter 11: Life’s New Rhythm........................................73
 
Chapter 12: Acceptance......................................................80
 
Chapter 13: Murchison Again...........................................87
 
Chapter 14: I Make My Choice.........................................95
 
Chapter 15: A Haunting Encounter................................100
 
Chapter 16: The Call of the Loon....................................108
 
Chapter 17: In Two Worlds.............................................116
 
Chapter 18: The Great Mystery......................................122
 
Chapter 19: Becoming Human........................................130
 
My Sources........................................................................139
 
 
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Family Ties
Benjamin’s Lenape Family
 
English Relationship
Benjamin DeCorsa Benjamin’s White nameTeunis DeCorsa (or DeCoursey)and Rachel VanGardenBenjamin’s White father and mother Hannah, William, Anna, andAbraham DeCorsaBenjamin’s White brothers and sistersAbraham, Isaac, Elizabeth,Jacob, Petrus, and HelenaSchoonmaker Benjamin’s White half- brothers andsisters by Jochem and Rachel(VanGarden) Schoonmaker Isaac, Annatie, Teunis Jr.,Jezyntje, Jacob, Elizabeth, andPhilip DeCorsaBenjamin’s White half- brothers andsisters by Teunis and Elisabeth(Namburgh) DeCorsaBalthus VanEtten Benjamin’s White cousin
Benjamin’s Lenape FamilyLennape English Relationship
Ka-tesk-aw-tin Racer Benjamin’s Lenape nameKist-al-wa Runner of theMountain PathBenjamin’s Lenape father Calling Owl Benjamin’s Lenape mother Enita-Oneka Water Moon Benjamin’s Lenape brother Spotted Eagle Lenape Elder Naxa Sàngwe Three Weasel Lenape Elder Glick-hican (Tall Feathers) Lenape Warrior Mud Turtle Lenape BoyMonotawan White Antelope Lenape GirlSmiling Beaver Lenape BoyChi-Wen-Dota Black Wolf Lenape BoyTeedyuscung War Trumpet Lenape Principal chief, 1730sCustologa Keeper of theWampumLenape Principal chief, 1760sNeolin Enlightened One Lenape Prophet, 1760s

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