EDISON — The fourth grade classes of Ellen Colandrea and Ellen Ritz welcomed a special guest speaker on Thursday, Feb. 2. Beverly Friend, a Native American, spoke to the students about the Lenape Indian tribe.
Friend brought many artifacts with her including bear, deer, and fox skins. She also brought woven baskets and gourds, which were originally used as containers for water. She emphasized during her talk how the Lenape were among the very first environmentalists. They used almost every part of the animals they killed and respected the land. Since they used nothing harmful to the environment, they left the land as they found it.
At the conclusion of her talk, the students participated in a game played by the Lenape children, made necklaces and learned a dance. This program was the culmination of a study of the fourth grade’s annual study of the Lenape Indians in New Jersey.
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