New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When native people of the Delaware nation speak of the place known today as Manhattan, they say Hay-La-Py-Ee-Chen Quay-Hee-OLass. This means “the place where the sun is born.” They also call it Menatay, “the island”. Their stories speak of it as a gathering place for native people. Goods from far away, such as the bright copper of the Great lakes and the sparkling mica of the Carolina highlands were traded for shining bead shells, stone tools and Hans-Queem (Golden Maize).
Although the island has always been too rocky to support much agriculture, farming communities thrived around Menatay where the soil was well drained and the water was good. Following the round of the seasons, the first people planted, hunted and fished in the spring. In the warmest season, when the smell of wildflowers perfumed the air, they traveled for trade and adventure, meeting here to exchange goods, share knowledge, give thanks, and show respect to the spirits. When the leaves changed color, the villagers gathered to harvest, hunt and collect food for the winter. During the cold moons of long nights, they made objects for trade, repaired tools, told lesson stories, and celebrated festivals.
Menatay, where waterways of river and ocean link the directions, has always been a place where goods and ideas can be shared.
Location. 40° 42.266′ N, 74° 0.814′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Whitehall Street near Bowling Green, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is one of several in a bank to the left of the main entrance to the National Museum of the American Indian. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Place Of Many Names (here, next to this marker); ...to Manhattan (here, next to this marker); Menatay, An Island Crossroads (here, next to this marker); Lower Manhattan Today (here, next to this marker); Drawn To The City (here, next to this marker); The Marketplace (a few steps from this marker); “North America” sculpted by Daniel Chester French (a few steps from this marker); Places of Exchange (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Categories. • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Last updated on March 9, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 4, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.