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New Lenape exhibition opens in Easton

Published October 14. 2011 05:01PM

A new exhibition, "Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania" tells the long-unspoken story of the region's local native Americans. The exhibition will open with a public celebration on Sunday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at its new permanent home at the Lenape Nation Cultural Center in the Bachmann Publik House, 2nd and Northampton Streets, Easton. It is free. Donations would be appreciated.

The exhibition tells a long-hidden story, one of courage, commitment, and cultural continuity in the face of long oppression. It is curated by Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth and Shelley DePaul of Gilbert, Assistant Chief of the Lenape (Len-ah-pay) Nation in Pennsylvania, and by University of Pennsylvania anthropology student Abigail Seldin. The exhibition relates the history of the state's secret Lenape in their own words. The exhibition draws upon oral histories documented by Chief Red Hawk, Ms. DePaul, and other members of the Lenape Nation as part of their ongoing Family History Project and upon anthropological research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Visitors at the opening will be given coupons for free admission to the Lenape Exhibit at the Sigal Museum just up the street at 342 Northampton Street. The exhibit features information on Lenape descendants of Northampton County. Among the objects on display is an impressive, life-sized wikewam (Lenape house), a deerskin drum, and photographs of the Lenape ancestors of families in Northampton County.

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