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Events, Education, and collaborations
 

See below for information on upcoming events, classes, exhibits, documentaries,
and arranging programs or consultations.

Plant Walk & Talk: 6/1
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Learning Lenape Plants in Spring: A Walk & Talk

Saturday, 6/1/24, 11:00 – 12:30

Join Clan Mother Shelley DePaul & Chief Bluejay Michalski on a walk through the Wetlands at Morris Arboretum & Gardens as they share their knowledge of the native plants growing in the landscape. This knowledge of plants and their properties has continued to be passed down among Lenape, as has the deep meaning of these plants’ importance to their way of life and their role as part of the spiritual world. Tickets Required

Genealogy & Belonging: 6/19
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Genealogy, Legacy, & Belonging

Wednesday, 6/19/24, 6:00p - 8:00p

Tracing our genealogy can tell us much about our family history – where we come from, who our ancestors were, and what kind of lives they led. But the study of our pasts can also help us understand ourselves, to form identities, and to forge connections within our communities and beyond. Join us at the Sigal Museum, where Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society welcomes Clan Mother Shelley DePaul and Rep. Christopher Rabb to help us explore how tracing our roots allows us to be active agents in writing our own histories!

Horticulture & Botany: 7/6
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Lenape Horticulture & Ethnobotany

Saturday, 7/6/24, 2:00 – 4:00 

Clan Mother Shelley DePaul will present a workshop on Lenape horticulture, conservation landscaping, and medicinal plant practices. As treaty-signers with the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, Farm Arts Collective and Willow Wisp Organic Farm are pleased to welcome Clan Mother Shelley back to the farm in friendship and solidarity with the LNPA's important work. Tickets required; proceeds from this workshop will be donated to the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania.

Sustainable Ecology: 7/23
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Local Ecological Knowledge for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, 7/23/24, 1:00

Join us on Tuesday, July 7th when the Watershed Institute invites Clan Mother Shelley DePaul to discuss language, culture, and stewarding the land with native plant species and ancient practices.

Lenape Conference: 7/27
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Homecoming:
The Lenape Speak

Saturday, 7/27/24, 7:30am - 6:30pm

Join us for this historical event, when Lenape knowledgekeepers from all over the United States and Canada will sit together in their indigenous homelands and offer panel discussions on topics such as Language Revitalization, Traditional Crafting, Horticulture,  Food Justice, and Storytelling. The day will include drumming, free-roaming to visit tables and have one-on-one discussions, light breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Northampton Community College is providing affordable dormitory lodging 7/26 and 7/27. Registration is required.

Langage Classes: Weekly
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Online Lenape Language Classes (Unami Dialect)

Our language classes, which have been featured in K. David Harrison’s The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World’s most Endangered Languages (published by National Geographic), have moved online! Clan Mother Shelley DePaul, Director of Language, has taught the Unami dialect of the Lenape Language in colleges, schools, and in the community. Over decades of research and teaching, she has developed a 390 page textbook for our language students, who are composed of nation members, community participants, university professors, and many others. Classes are free, but students need the textbook. 

Art & Culture Exhibit
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Enduring Presence Exhibit Coming to
Arcadia University

We created this exhibit with Haverford College in 2022, based on and expanded from our 2019 exhibit Enduring Presence, Everyday Artistry: The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania at Temple University. This exhibit showcases our artistry, and was featured at Haverford in Spring '23. Visit the exhibit website for information, including a downloadable PDF catalog with curator essays. Now to be expanded and hosted at Arcadia University; check back for details!

Past & Present Exhibit
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Fulfilling a Prophesy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

Visit this exhibit in person at our Cultural Center or tour the exhibit website. We created this exhibit with the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. It was hosted at the Penn Museum for three years, and afterward travelled to our Cultural Center, where it remains today. This exhibit tells the story of our people in four stages, arranged around a story of four crows.

Requesting Speakers
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Speaking engagements, Public events, and programs

We offer educational programs for all audiences, including K-12, colleges and universities, museums, historical societies, environmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and many others. Our drummers and dancers are happy to participate in public events (but we do not conduct our cultural ceremonies for the public). We speak on many topics, including Lenape history, presence, culture, stories, politics, art, and environmental stewardship. Feel free to contact us about these collaborations.

Lenape Gardens
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Lenape Gardens
and Horticulture

We have collaborated on many Lenape gardens and planting projects with colleges and universities, arboretums, farms, nature preserves, and other organizations that would like to dedicate a space to growing traditional Lenape medicinal herbs or food crops. Whether the space spans feet or acres, a Lenape garden is a wonderful way to embrace indigenous culture in a beautiful and useful way. See this link for our Lenape Garden at the University of Pennsylvania, or download the article here. See this link for our garden at Staten Island's Skyline Community Garden. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in discussing.

Consults & Curriculum
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Consultations: Curriculum Development, representation, and other topics

We are always happy to hear from people who want to assure that education about,  or representation of, our people is accurate and appropriate. We have professional and cultural educators who are always willing to discuss curriculum, land acknowledgements, exhibits, mascots, and other issues. Please get in touch if you would like to consult with us. 

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