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NOTE: This is a two day event. Tickets options are available for individual sessions or to attend both days. Financial assistance is available; email us at [email protected] to learn more.

Examine the different ways that Native American history in New York has been told, who has told it, and how it has changed over time in this two-part, online educator professional development workshop.

In the first workshop, on October 6, learn about Lenape history and contemporary culture through a panel discussion. Hear from representatives of three federally-recognized Lenape (Delaware) Nations—Heather Bruegl, M.A., Director of Cultural Affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Wisconsin; Chief Mark Peters of the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Ontario; Curtis Zunigha, Director of Cultural Resources for the Delaware Tribe of Indians, Oklahama—along with Joe Baker, Executive Director of the Lenape Center, New York. Panelists will present on topics including Lenape displacement in and around New York and contemporary issues facing their communities, with a Q&A discussion to follow. Moderated by Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator, Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum.

In the second workshop, on October 7, presenters from the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum will share resources and strategies for engaging students in explorations of New York's indigenous communities. Explore primary sources relating to Native American history, including maps, newspaper articles, artworks, and archival materials, and develop techniques for engaging students with concepts such as historical bias. Participants will leave with an array of resources to incorporate into their curricula, and learn to thoughtfully and responsibly engage students with indigenous histories and contemporary culture.

This workshop will be recorded and held via Zoom.

Accesiblity Statement: 

The Brooklyn Connections Program strives to offer teacher professional development events that are inclusive spaces for individuals with disabilities. Our team is actively learning and incorporating new accessibility practices and materials, making sure that our educational mission is universally accessible and remains so. if you have any questions, concerns, feedback, or would like to see our accessibility options, please email Julia Pelaez at [email protected] Upon reaching out, please provide information on the best way to contact you.

Support for Brooklyn Connections is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, New York Life Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Hearst Foundation, Festa Family, and Brooklyn Eagles.

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