Fourth Graders Learn About Lenape Indians

Simone Erachshaw of Iselin tries on a piece of Native American clothing.

Simone Erachshaw of Iselin tries on a piece of Native American clothing. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — The fourth grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison learned about the Lenape Indians during an interactive presentation on Feb. 7. Beverly Friend, a Native American, made her annual presentation to the students, who sat in a large circle and listened carefully. Some even enjoyed the opportunity to try on items worn by the Lenape Indians.

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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