American Indian Culture

English, Swedish and Dutch Colonists Meet the Indians of Southern New Jersey: The Historical and Archaeological Evidence

The lives of the early traders and colonists who came to southern New Jersey, whether Dutch, Swedish or English, were closely tied to the “original people” who had been here for thousands of years. How these peoples interacted in the 17th century, and what changes took place in each of their cultures, are revealed by recent historical and archaeological studies. This slide-illustrated lecture looks at these interactions which set the stage for the development of the State and also for the migration of some American Indians west into Pennsylvania.

Marshall J. Becker, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania

A computer projector is required for this program.

Lenape Culture: An Introduction to American Indian Life in New Jersey

The Lenape occupied New Jersey, southeastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware at the time of European exploration and colonization. This lecture presents a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain Lenape daily life, beliefs, history and creative expression. It also explains the special relationships between the people, the animals and the forest preceding contact with Europeans. The speaker, of Cherokee heritage, can make her presentation in American Indian attire.

Beverly A. Friend
Protégé of James Lone Bear Revey, American Indian Council of New Jersey

Program available in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren counties.

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