Jim Rementer Collection

Languages Represented: The collection materials are in Delaware (Lenape) and English.

Extent: 26 items

Collection Date Range: 1976 - 2016

Creators: Jim Rementer

Collection Identifier: JRE

Abstract: The Jim Rementer Collection features a Lenape cookbook as well as audio recordings of music, stories, folktales, prayers, conversations and language lessons in the Delaware (Lenape) language.

Acquisition Information: These records came to the Sam Noble Museum in 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2017 and were deposited by Jim Rementer.

Access Restrictions: The materials are open for research, though some restrictions apply on certain resources. Contact the NALC at 405-325-3332 or language.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu.

Cite As: [title], [catalog number], Jim Rementer Collection, Sam Noble Museum Department of Native American Languages.

Collection Scope and Contents: Jim Rementer is the project director for the Lenape Talking Dictionary. He began studying the Lenape (Delaware) language in the summer of 1961 when he traveled from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (part of the original homeland of the Lenape people) to Oklahoma where he met some of the last fluent Lenape speakers. A year later Jim returned to work with tribal elder James H. Thompson. The two worked together until Thompson passed away in 1964, at which point Mr. Rementer continued his work with other Lenape speakers, including Thompson’s daughter, Nora Thompson Dean.

In 1997, Jim Rementer was named director of the Lenape Language Project by the Delaware Tribe. With grant support from the National Science Foundation and the Administration for Native Americans, he has been successful throughout his life in documenting Lenape and collecting and archiving original works pertinent to its study, including those that appear in the Jim Rementer Collection at the Sam Noble Museum.

The collection features music, stories, folktales, prayers, conversations and language lessons in the Delaware languages or Unami and Munsee. The voices of Delaware speakers Nora Thompson Dean, Emily Johnson, and Todd Thompson are heard throughout this collection of unique materials originally produced in the 1970s, 1980s and early 2000s, and restored by the Sam Noble Museum in 2011. The collection also features a Lenape Indian Cooking book, a combined effort between Nora Dean Thompson who was unable to finish the cookbook, and articles from Jim Rementer that cover the gifts of food, early forms of Lenape farming and cooking, plus traditional and contemporary recipes.

Catalog #Title
JRE-001Songs of Our Grandfathers: Music of The Unami Delaware Indians
JRE-00212 Delaware Stories, Folktales, Prayers, and Conversations
JRE-003Lenape cassettes, Nora Dean Aug. 5, 1976
JRE-004Lenape cassettes, Emily Johnson with Todd Thompson #1 July 20, 1983
JRE-005enape cassettes, Emily Johnson with Todd Thompson #2 July 20, 1983
JRE-006 Lenape cassettes, Emily Johnson with Todd Thompson #3 July 20, 1983
JRE-007Nora Dean, Lenape talk, Summer 1976
JRE-008Plants: Nora Thompson Dean, Aug. 5, 1976
JRE-009 Nora Thompson Dean, Delaware language lesson #1, July 30, 1976, Part 1
JRE-010Nora Thompson Dean, Delaware language lesson #1, July 30, 1976, Part 2
JRE-011 Terry's tape 1, Nora Dean with Terry Prewitt
JRE-012 Terry's tape 2 and 3, Nora Dean with Terry Prewitt
JRE-013Soundfiles for Noise Reduction: Stories from the Lenape Language Project
JRE-014 Lenape Recordings with Noise Reduction LB96
JRE-015.001 Lenape Sound Files D-131b; D-133a; LB96-07-30 Without Noise Reduction
JRE-015.002Lenape Sound Files D-131b; D-133a; LB96-07-30 With Noise Reduction
JRE-016 Nora Dean, Lenape, Aug. 6, 1976, DE1#1, L-9
JRE-017 Nora Dean, Lenape, Summer 1976, DE1#1, L-14
JRE-018Nora Dean, Lenape, Aug. 5, 1976, DE1#5, E-6
JRE-019 Nora Dean, Lenape, Aug. 5, 1976, DE1#6, E-8
JRE-020.001 Lenape Language Files for Noise Reduction LB95-07-25; LB96-07-02; LB96-07-23; LB96-12-03; LB96-10-02
JRE-020.002Lenape Language Files with Noise Reduction LB95-07-23; LB96-07-02
JRE-021Lenape Language Files 05/19/2011: D85; D86; D87; LB93; Statements 1962 (With and Without Noise Reduction)
JRE-022 Lenape Audio Files LB96-08-20; LB96-06-25; LB96-07-02
JRE-023Lenape Language Lessons 1-4 Second Edition
JRE-024Lenape Indian Cooking with Touching Leaves Woman