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Monday June 5, 2017 at 3:06pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Otisville Elementary


With hands on clay, seeds and dirt, Otisville’s second graders imagined a day in the life of the ancient Lenape people, during their field trip to the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation.

Located at the Orange County D&H Canal Park, on the pristine Mahachamack River, a.k.a. Neversink, the area has turned up artifacts of the Lenape – “People of the Land.” They formed vibrant villages with rich cultural traditions along waterways from Virginia to Maine, some five thousand years ago.

In the Lenape fashion, students made clay pots, sowed corn and crushed it into cornmeal, using Native American tools. They learned about Lenape survival skills and their sensible use of natural resources. Museum curators shared their knowledge of Lenape family life, traditions and beliefs, and led students in a circle dance, to the sound of indigenous musical instruments.  

The Neversink Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is chartered by the New York State Education Department.