Chief Munsee Did Not Exist

Cyrus Dallin’s, “Appeal to the Great Spirit” in Muncie.

I recently broke a cardinal rule I try to follow when interacting on social media — do not commence or engage in an online argument. Much like trying to park correctly at the Rural King, there’s no point in being right when sheer chaos governs the system.

The subject of the disputation was Chief Munsee, or as I argued, there has never been a Lenape (Delaware) chief with the name Munsee at any time in recorded…