Together with Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills we’ve created a Lenape Learning Area at the environmental center where students can experience and participate in Native American educational programming including field trips, camps, workshops and special events.
The site creates wonderful opportunities for program and event visitors to participate in a variety of experiential hands-on and skill-based activities and crafts. Some of the offerings have included Three-Sisters Garden planting, Sewing Medicine Bags and Moccasins, Dyeing bracelets with Native Plants, Crushing Corn with Mortar and Pestle, Throwing Corn Cob Darts, Fire-Friction and Fire Building Skills, Cord Making, Simulated Archaeological Digs, Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walks and much more.
The Lenape Learning area includes: Wigwam Shelter, Mortar and Pestle Corn Grinder, Garden Area with Deer Antler and Scapula Gardening Tools, Food Cache Pit, Corn Cob Dart Throwing Station, Fish Drying Station and Hide Tanning Display.
These illustrations make for excellent discussion about Lenape Life.
To learn more about program opportunities in NJ, check out Mike’s site at www.TraditionalEarthSkills.com or call the Essex County Environmental Center.