Friday, September 12, 2008

Fulfilling a Prophecy: Penn Museum Opening, Sept 13

Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania
September 13, 2008

Conventional histories of Pennsylvania declare that all but a few elderly Lenape people left the state by the opening of the 19th century. Many Lenape were indeed driven westward, and ultimately created communities in Oklahoma, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and in other parts of the United States and Canada. Yet, some Lenape people remained here in secret. Children of the little known Lenape-European marriages of the 1700s stayed on the Lenape homelands (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and southern New York) and continued to practice their traditions covertly. Hiding their heritage, they avoided discovery by both the government and their neighbors for more than two hundred years. Now, the descendants of these people have come forward to tell their story.

Fulfilling a Prophecy, organized by Penn Museum and the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, features never before displayed objects from the private collections of Lenape people in Pennsylvania, in addition to historic and contemporary photographs, and archaeological objects from the collections of Penn Museum. Ancient masks, dolls, jewelry, and other traditional arts are featured, as well as a number of once-secret family heirlooms, rich with hidden Lenape symbolism, dating from the early 1800s.

Hats off to Abby Seldin, an undergraduate student at Penn and curator of the exhibit.

Opening Day Event Schedule:

1:00pm-1:15pm Opening Ceremony/Blessing outside the new exhibition

1:30pm-2:15pm Dance and Drum performers Mosaic Courtyard or Rainey Auditorium

2:00pm-2:30pm Storytelling: Dan Youngeagle Reese tells stories, and performs on the flute Nevil Classroom

2:15pm-3:00pm Curators’ lecture: “Flying with the Fourth Crow: A Reflection on Curating Fulfilling a Prophecy” Rainey Auditorium

3:30pm-4:00pm Red Hawk Singers performance Mosaic Courtyard or Rainey Auditorium

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