ARTC student Annabelle Fichtner recently traveled to the Smithsonian with Lenape citizens and community members to study early fishing nets and other ancestral artifacts. From a Delaware Public Media article by Sophia Schmidt:
Several Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware citizens and community members
recently travelled to the National Museum of the American Indian’s
Cultural Resources Center for the first time.
At their visit to the Cultural Resources Center (CRC) in Suitland, Md.,
the group that included Principal Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe of
Delaware Dennis Coker saw fishing nets like those their relatives and
CRC staff pulled a variety of Mid-Atlantic region nets, fykes, eel
traps, floats and net-making tools from the object collections.
Most were made around the late 19th or early 20th
centuries, and were identified primarily as Nanticoke. Several Pamunkey
and Mattaponi objects were also displayed.
Delaware contingency was led by University of Delaware student Annabelle
Fichtner— who was visiting the collections for research. In
addition to studying art conservation and anthropology at UD, she’s an
intern with the Tribe’s Village of Fork Branch Cultural Mapping