East Passyunk Avenue Is Changing Their Native American Logo!
The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has released a statement announcing their decision to change their logo. The current logo which depicts a Native American with a headdress has been used for nearly two decades by East Passyunk but now they feel a change is “long overdue.” See their official statement below:
The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) is in the process of changing our current logo for the first time in about two decades. Aside from being long overdue, the update is needed to address the misrepresentation of indigenous people that has inaccurately linked the silhouette of a Native American with the etymology of the Passyunk name from its Lenape roots.
The prevalence of an image portraying a Western Plains headdress not generally worn by Eastern tribes, including the Lenape, has been an unwitting slight against the original inhabitants of the region, and the organization recognizes the need for change.
Along with changing the logo on printed and digital organizational materials, EPABID is working with representatives from the Ramapough Lenape Nation and the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, as well as our local Civic Associations to acknowledge the historical connection to the Lenape tribe through the placement of an official plaque or historical marker.