Children from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation of Bridgeton, New Jersey, recently visited the Penn Museum's Native American Voices exhibition to see their tribe represented in a major exhibition.
Dr. Lucy Fowler Williams, curator of the exhibition and Associate Curator of the American section, as well as William Wierzbowski, Keeper of the American section collection, were on hand to welcome the group from Camp Cohanzick.
Gathering in the gallery to watch a central introductory video, the summer campers then scattered to wander through the richly interactive exhibition and view more than 250 Native American objects drawn from the Museum's collections. The camp counselors pointed out the Lenape objects on display. Multimedia stations allowed the children to listen to interviews with contemporary Native American artists, activists, journalists, scholars, and community leaders from around North America, and encouraged them to consider their own perspectives about cultural identity, history, art, and continuing traditions.
"The children enjoyed themselves," said Tribal Councilmember Yajaira Johnson. "Most of them knew their relatives were interviewed for the exhibit, but they were still amazed to see their family members and hear them speak in the multimedia displays."