Ross Perlin


    ONCE A MONTH, on the sixth floor of an old Manhattan office building, about a dozen people gather to try to speak one of the island’s original languages. Our teacher is Karen Hunter, who learned Lenape as an adult on a tribal reserve in Ontario, in the company of the last native speakers and the first revivalists. For more than a decade, she has been driving up to ten hours to and from New York and other locales to share what she knows, without compensation, with indigenous people (Ramapo, Matinecock, Montaukett) and interested others. These sessions at the Endangered Language Alliance, the