I’m starting a new feature here on Scouting News. With the increasing number of Scouting related applications for phones I’ve decided to feature a new one each week.
This week I’m taking a look at an application called Helleniechsin. Helleniechsin is an English-Lenape Dictionary of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language as spoken by the Moravian Missionaries in the 18th Century for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Version 1.0 is currently available in the App Store.
The Helleniechsin App features:
- An alphabetically indexed dictionary of Lenni Lenape words.
- Browse words by groups, or as the app calls it “groups”. (ex: trees)
- Search by Lenni Lenape word.
- Search by English word.
- Help section which contains background information, pronunciation guide, grammar guide, and technical help in using the application.
At this point I think there are going to be two types of people reading this review:
The first group is thinking, this is all fine and dandy but what does a Lenni Lenape dictionary application have anything to do with Scouting? Well, the short answer is the Order of the Arrow has a large number of customs and traditions based on the Delaware Indians, or Lenni Lenape. The Lenni Lenape language is used in ceremonies, vigil names, and sometimes position titles.
The second group is thinking, this is sweet, this is going to make Order of the Arrow Vigil Selection and finding Vigil names so much easier. I fall in this group, I remember flipping through torn-up photocopied versions of Lenne Lenape dictionaries looking for just the right name.
Overall, the Heleniechsin app looks like a great resource for the Scouting and Order of the Arrow community! The developer of Helleniechsen is a long-term Scouter and an Order of the Arrow Vigil member. You can see the other Scouting related applications he has developed at http://www.scoutapps.net/
Check out the other Scouting Apps!