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Our Land, Our Stories: Excavating Subterranean Histories of Ringwood Mines and the Ramapough Lunaape Nation – West Hall
October 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our Land, Our Stories: Excavating Subterranean Histories of Ringwood Mines and the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, coordinated/edited by Anita Bakshi. The Ramapough Lunaape Turtle Clan, have called Ringwood, New Jersey home for centuries. The surrounding landscape features iron mines, Native American rock shelters, and a forest that provides food for hunters and foragers. But it also contains a stew of different chemical toxicants from the former Ford manufacturing plant, deep pockets of contaminated soil, streams that now flow with orange water, and the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund Site. The people live in the Superfund site, just upstream from the Wanaque Reservoir, which provides drinking water to millions of New Jersey residents. This pop-up exhibition illustrates the connections between scientific data, environmental remediation reports, and personal narratives of the cultural and spiritual traditions of the Ramapough community. It presents visualizations of traditional Lenape stories and imaginative design proposals for memorials that mark environmental losses.
Live stream also available on Gallery Bergen’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.