My research visit to the National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, Maryland was coordinated along with a Lenape Delegation visit. During the visit, Clem Carney's descendant, Melody Cline, admired the shuttles her ancestor once used to tie nets. Chief Dennis Coker discussed how the nets may have once been used to catch fish that are no longer plentiful within the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. Their conversations made it clear that not only the materiality of the nets, but also their greater cultural context, is worthy of preservation. The latter would never have been fully obtained without the collaboration of the tribal community.
The main goal of my research is to engage the community in the research and preservation of their material culture. This is a goal I am happy to see become more common within the field of art conservation, and I am grateful to the Lenape Tribe of Delaware for entrusting me with such an exciting responsibility!
— Annabelle Fichtner, UD Class of 2019
Annabelle's research was featured in a Delaware Public Media article here. To learn more about Annabelle's project, you are invited to attend an outreach event at 10am on December 3, 2018 at the Newark Natural Food Coop Education Room.