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A window on Lenape Indian life
The Reading Public Museum exhibits art and artifacts.
By Victoria Donohoe
For The Inquirer
'Lenape: The Original People" is an absorbing exhibit of artifacts and art about Lenni Lenape Indian history at Reading Public Museum. It's refreshing that 16 Kutztown University students in James Delle's class organized this event.
The Lenape Indians' original Mid-Atlantic territory consisted of Eastern Pennsylvania, all of New Jersey and Delaware, western Connecticut and southern New York.
We gain a sense here that after the Ice Age, the milder climate found these Indians settling into village life and small farms. We're shown spears predating the bow and arrow, lots of projectile points, tools, items for domestic use.
The exhibit also emphasizes the Lenape's long tradition of appreciating and connecting ideas and knowledge through storytelling.
The show's overall theme is the turtle, symbol here of wisdom and knowledge given and received. According to Lenape oral tradition, the turtle volunteered to receive the new world on his back.
If the turtle story took shape long ago, its spirit lives in our own century. And aside from the tally we're given of Lenape migrations westward, the show drives home the very important point that we must see the Lenape people not just as they were, but also for what they are and continue to be today, which is why some recent art is included.
I'd like to correct the students on one point. Only very early did the Lenape trade beaver skins with colonists. Susquehanna Indians quickly took over the trade for good.
I sure hope the Reading Museum display will be better than "you know what" at the "you know which" museum!!
I just finished reading the article about the Reading Museum in the Friday magazine of the Phila. Inquirer.
"Interesting painting" - blue eyes? Amyone know who it is?
Interesting MaryEllen, I was wondering the same thing when I saw the painting.
From the Reading Museum Website: http://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/exhi … enape.html
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Artist: Marietta Dantonio-Fryer