Nutley Was Setting for Indian Thanksgiving Feast

According to Irving S. Kull writing in NUTLEY Yesterday and Today about where the Cambridge Heights housing development stands at the turn of this century, once stood the Yountakah Country Club golf course, where the Inidians of the lakes and woods of Jersey held their Thanksgiving ceremonial dance every year.

Now, if you think it was hard for Indians to get reservations at the Country Club, you'd better check your calendar. Kull is talking about the Indians in the area when these woods now known as Nutley, N.J., were first settled by Europeans.

The Lenni Lenape Indians had finished their corn harvest but it was still too early for deer season to open, so they had "a sort of Thanksgiving, the Indian 'Yantacaw' ceremony was also like the traditional Harves Home celebrations.

You can read the full and unabashed story in NUTLEY Yesterday and Today, beginning on Page 10.

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