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Manaháhtaan Symposium: Conversations on Lenape Identity
Saturday, October 29, 9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
Copresented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Native Studies Forum, and Lenape Center
How can we mutually expand our knowledge of Indigenous Manhattan? We begin by hosting a symposium in Manaháhtaan to encourage new conversations on diaspora, identity, and the centering of Lenape and Original peoples in NYC’s past and future. These sessions will gather Lenape leaders, artists, and scholars in dialogue, acknowledging issues of environmental stewardship and concerns for futurity.
“The island was named in the Munsee language for a stand of hickory trees at the lower end so ideal for the making of bows that it was known the length of the Hudson River. The true word recovers the true history.” —Ives Goddard, “The Origin and Meaning of the Name ‘Manhattan’”
Saturday, October 29
at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, Room 914
10:15-10:30AM Opening remarks by NYU and Lenape Center
10:30-11:00AM Statement by the A/P/A Institute at NYU
11:00AM-12:30PM Panel 1
1:30-3:30PM Panel 2
4:00pm-5:30pm Closing Discussion
Featuring community leaders, scholars, and artists including Joe Baker (Lenape Center), Brent Michael Davids (composer and musician), Jim Rementer (Lenape language scholar), Jean Soderlund (Lehigh University), Curtis Zunigha (Lenape Center), among others.
Tickets: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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10:15-10:30AM Opening remarks by NYU and Joe Baker, Executive Director, The Lenape Center
10:30-10:45AM Statement by The Lenape Center
10:45-11:15AM Statement by Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen, Founding Director, A/P/A Institute at NYU
11:15AM-12:45PM: Morning Discussion
Historical Legacies Shaping the Present Day
Andrew Lipman, Barnard College
Jim Rementer, Director, Lenape Language Project
Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University
Moderated by Curtis Zunigha, The Lenape Center and Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen
12:45-1:45PM: Lunch (on your own)
1:45-3:45PM: Afternoon Discussion
Issues and Challenges of Identity Now
Brent Michael Davids, Composer (via Skype)
Paula Pechonick, Delaware Tribe of Indians
Chief Vincent Mann, Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation’s Turtle Clan
Brent Stonefish, Lunaapeew Nation at Delaware Nation – Moravian of the Thames
Moderated by Curtis Zunigha
3:45-4:00PM: Coffee break
4:00pm-5:30PM: Closing Discussion
Lenape Futurity: The Diaspora in 50 or 100 years?
All panelists with
Joe Baker, The Lenape Center
Melissa McGill, artist
Moderated by Dean Saranillio, NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
5:30-6:00PM: Closing Performance of Lenape Songs
Performed by Curtis Zunigha
For those interested, here is the entire five hours of the program:
Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcTXZY-TEr4
Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3eKyWD … pfreload=5
Part 3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93SrEjQCecc
Support for Lenape in Pennsylvania (?LNP/?EDN) from Jean Soderlund (scholar), and for Susan Taffe Reed from Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican). No push-back from anyone. Make what you will of it. As for me, I'm past caring.
Interviews with six of the participants in this symposium: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P … fouSVadiQd