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Allowat Sakima

by Gerald Musinsky
Allowat Sakima literally means Mighty Chief or Great Chief, an allegorical reference to supreme deity, the Great Spirit. Also a respectful reference to for legendary personages with cultural and historical significance to the tribe. Most often depicted wearing a double-tail eagle bonnet, (symbolic of the eagle and flight), deerskin leggings, (symbolic of the swiftness of the deer), and an eagle feather coupstick. [Note: The headdress is more representative of the Plains tribes possibly since the Delaware Nation was reduced to a meager population prior western expansion and their exodus to Oklahoma Reserve.]

[Leni Lenape; Delaware, Munsee-- Northeastern Woodlands]

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