Wednesday, August 13, 1:00 pm
Special Afternoon Event
"Treaty of Renewed Friendship" Signing
Join members and friends of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania at the signing of the "Treaty of Renewed Friendship." This once-every-four-year tradition commences with an opening prayer and the passing of the wampum, an Eastern Woodlands ritual that seals bonds of trust and responsibility. Strings and woven belts of wampum have been made for centuries to commemorate treaties or historical events. In 2010, the Penn Museum accepted a string of wampum in recognition of its collaborative work with Lenape peoples. On August 13, the wampum will be passed to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, an advocacy organization working throughout the Delaware River Watershed.
All are invited to sign the treaty. Those who choose to sign indicate their support of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania as partners and caretakers of their sacred homeland. Guests can also visit Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, a new-five year exhibition that opened at the Penn Museum March 1, 2014, featuring voices and artifacts from Native Americans, including the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape community of Bridgeton, New Jersey.
FREE with Penn Museum discounted summer admission: $10 per person, and free to Penn Museum members, PennCard holders, U.S. military and their families, and children 5 and under. In honor of the Treaty signing, a Native American-inspired lunch menu is available in the Museum's Pepper Mill Café.