lenape, mannahatta

Text acknowledging the presence of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Lenape land, located at the main entrance to the exhibition. A welcoming statement from the Lenape Center of New York is written in English and two dialects of the Lenape language, Unami and Munsee.

The acknowledgement reads, “The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated on the Lenape island of Manhattan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland. We pay respect to the Lenape peoples–past, present, and future–and their contributing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora.
The following greeting is written in two dialects of Lenape, Unami and Munsee, and in English, “We are glad because you people came to Lenapehoking. Live well while you are here.”

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