The Way of the Ramapough
New Jersey’s native inhabitants, the Lenape, have faced oppression, cruelty, and discrimination since the arrival of European settlers in the 16th century. The Ramapough Lunaape – the Munsii-speaking people who lived north of the Raritan River – have remained in the mountains of northeast New Jersey since before colonization, and have continued to suffer racial injustice.
Join us on the South Lawn of Liberty State Park on September 17 as we discuss the traditions, history and lasting legacy of the Ramapough people and the challenges they continue to face today with a showing of the Way of the Ramapough. The film will be accompanied by a traditional drum ceremony led by the film’s subject, Vincent Mann, Chief of the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough.
Chief Mann and Dr. Jack Chen of the Clement A Price Institute at Rutgers will discuss the impacts of colonialism on New Jersey native people. Lewis Pugh, having just finished his historic 315-mile swim of the Hudson River from its headwaters to Newark Bay will also discuss the critical role that rivers play in global sustainability.
Please bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic foods (charcoal grills are available before the program begins at 7:00PM). All are welcome to come early and enjoy the amenities of Liberty State Park’s world class public spaces before the program begins.
In the event of rain the program will move indoors to the nearby historic CRRNJ Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City, NJ.