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Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month at the Morris Museum's Lenape Indian Family Day, Saturday November 14, Noon - 3 p.m.

Morris Museum

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 • 12:02pm

Enjoy an afternoon at the Morris Museum and learn about New Jersey's first people - the Lenape Indians. On Saturday, November 14, from noon to 3:00 p.m., the Morris Museum presents Lenape Indian Family Day, free with museum admission.

 John Kraft, Creator and Director of Lenape Lifeways, will share Lenape objects, stories, and craft activities in the museum's American Indian Gallery. John Kraft's presentations on Lenape Lifeways will be offered at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m, Participants will see and hold authentic and replicated objects, including stone and bone tools, masks, pottery, clothing, musical instruments, games, and more. Mr. Kraft will be dressed in period costume (17th century) when he discusses Lenape history and shares Lenape stories. Families will be invited to create corn husk dolls and mini birch bark canoes using craft materials.

About John Kraft, Director of Lenape Lifeways

Mr. Kraft is an archaeologist and educator who has presented thousands of programs on the Lenape or Delaware Indians of New Jersey. His goal is to share with others his enthusiasm and appreciation for the remarkable people called the "Lenape." In his work discovering and excavating Lenape villages and artifacts, Mr. Kraft has found trade goods given to the native people by the early Dutch and English settlers, and has documented his findings about their family life, dwellings, diet, spiritual beliefs and technology. He is the author of The Indians of Lenapehoking, an educational unit on the Indians of New Jersey, and has illustrated The Lenape or Delaware Indians and other books. John Kraft has been creating museum exhibits and lecturing for over 20 years.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum explores and celebrates the arts, sciences and humanities through exhibitions, educational programs, performing arts and special events. Founded in 1913, the museum serves over 200,000 adults and children each year. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 p.m. For more information, call 973-971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org 

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