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Thursday Night Nature: The Past and Present of the Lenapes: We are still here! With Barbara ‘Bluejay’ Michalski (November 2, 2023)

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Thursday, November 2 7:00 pm
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Thursday, November 2 8:00 pm

$15.00

Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania’s Chief Barbara Bluejay Michalski, keeper of culture, was taught to keep heritage and culture alive. The Lenapes, the original caretakers of the Preserve’s land, have their own unique story called “The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow.” This story is about the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania’s decades-long struggle to survive to keep their community and culture intact. The First Crow was the Lenape before the coming of the Europeans. The Second Crow symbolized the death and destruction of their culture. During the Third Crow, the people went “underground’, hiding their identity. The Fourth Crow was the Lenape returning as caretakers and working with everybody to restore the land. Chief Bluejay will discuss how they have been maintaining the language and culture. The Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania has been preserving the land through the Rising Nation River Journey and the treaty of renewed friendship, and they have created partnerships with over 130 organizations.

Chief Bluejay, aka Barbara Michalski, was given the name by her grandfather, Bill Thompson, late Chief Whippoorwill of the Unalachtigo (people near the ocean) Tribe of the Turkey Clan. A member of Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, she has immersed herself in their activities, such as serving on the tribal council and as tribal secretary and participating in educating the public by attending events or festivals in the Lenapehoking (Homeland of the Lenape). Most importantly, Bluejay teaches children the history of the Lenape Nation through crafts, storytelling and artifacts. She has also been involved in environmental causes, particularly clean water protection. Recently, she has seen a rising interest in medicinal plants and has been working to learn more about them.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

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All lectures will be held virtually using Zoom. They will be recorded and shared with everyone who registers for a short time.

Program Fee: $15 (Members, enter your code at checkout to receive your 20% discount.)

Additional Information: Online registration for this program closes at 5:00 pm on the date of the program. Zoom invitations will be sent out after this time to the email used to register for the event. The link will come from lauricella@bhwp.org OR education@bhwp.org.

This lecture is part of our Thursday Night Nature series. The series features presentations by regionally renowned experts who address a wide range of topics related to natural history, biodiversity, ecological gardening, native plants and native wildlife.