Dreamcatcher Poetry & Women of The Ramapough-Lenape Nation Film Screening w/ Oleana & Lisa Levart

Sunday, February 24, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)

The Poetry reading by Oleana Whispering Dove; Eastern Tsalagi descendant, is a dance of verse and rhyme among Poets with distinction that will challenge, entertain and stimulate minds, and hearts with an innate indigenous spirit that lingers. A rare collection of poems that opens windows of passion and pursuit, caresses and unlocks the heart. This Spoken Word selection from her published book of Love Poems; "Reflections of a Whispering Dove Entangled in a Simmons Serenade", as well as newly written material, aims to broaden the myopic view of contemporary Native Americans imagining a new reverence for life beyond the reservation.

A documentary screening of :"The Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation” - a behind the scenes exploration of the the most recent photographic series by artist Lisa Levart, Directed by Myles Aronowitz. Lisa will discuss her photography series and it’s community participation as a collaborative art project. Lisa's creative collaboration between the artist and women from the Ramapough Lenape Nation, uncovers and rebirths long forgotten Lenape myths. Through a creative lens, the Lenape women’s project brings visibility to the Native American community from the metropolitan New York/New Jersey area that remains marginalized decades after being denied federal recognition. By sharing these contemporary re-interpretations of Native American mythology, the viewers can gain a deeper mindfulness of our collective heritage, as well as an appreciation for the original indigenous peoples of the metropolitan New York area. The exhibit and documentary was sanctioned by the current Ramapough- Lenape Chief, and the Women of Ramapough -Lenape are committed to the integrity of their sacred myths depicted in the images.