Centuries ago there were several Lenape tribes residing in what is now the state of New Jersey. They were later called Delawares by the European settlers combining in this name all people who lived along the Delaware River. Native Americans call themselves Lenape, which means The People. During the second half of the 20th century the Lenape people began to re-claim their place in the cultural landscape of the region.
WheatonArts and the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey present, “Transitions and Connections:
Education/Folklife Center Director, Dr. Iveta Pirgova, explains, “This project raises awareness of cultural heritage and to create a welcoming community setting for appreciating and sharing the folk and traditional arts of the region’s rich and diverse population. It reflects a commitment to programming that celebrates, educates and unites communities to promote tolerance and deep respect for artistic and cultural diversity.”
“I am an educator and all too often, students share with me that ‘all Indians live on reservations,’
John “Smiling Thunderbear”
Project coordinators are Dr. Iveta Pirgova and Gail “Gentle Leaves” Gould from the Nanticoke-Lenni-
■ Through November 2, 2014. “Nanticoke-
■ Educational Programs: “Interviews in the Classroom” oral history program; fieldwork practicum for students; exhibition-related experiences for school groups; lectures; hands-on demonstrations;
■ September 20. A Day of Celebration!
■ October 17. “Nanticoke-
■ October 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Nanticoke-Lenape Bone and Woodcarving demonstration with Richard Joseph at the WheatonArts Education/Folklife Center. This is a Wheaton Wide Open Weekend with free admission for all visitors (presented by PNC Arts Alive!).
■ December 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. Nanticoke-Lenape Wampum Making demonstration with John Norwood at the WheatonArts Education/Folklife Center. Nanticoke-Lenape Beadwork demonstration with Rachel Ridgway at Tribal Headquarters, Bridgeton, NJ. This is a Wheaton Wide Open Weekend with free admission for all visitors (presented by PNC Arts Alive!).
WheatonArts is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Adults $10.00, $9.00 Senior Adults and $7.00 Students. Children five and under are free. Free to shop and stroll except during outdoor special events. For more information about WheatonArts, call 856-825-6800 or 800-998-4552, or visit wheatonarts.org.
WheatonArts strives to make exhibits, events and programs accessible to all visitors. Provide twoweeks notice for additional needs. Patrons with hearing and speech disabilities may contact WheatonArts through the New Jersey Relay Service (TRS) 800-852-7899 or by dialing 711.
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Cultural Trust and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. WheatonArts receives general operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Division of Cultural Affairs in the New Jersey Department of State. Additional funding provided through a grant from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism.