. Natives in New York: Museum shows highlight history, future « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY – Manhattan is a Lenape word, loosely translated as “a thicket where wood can be found to make bows.” It’s unimaginable today that this island of expensive skyscrapers and packed grid of streets was once lush hunting and farming ground, teeming with deer and beaver. Two contrasting exhibits at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and at the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in Long Island City, give colorful views of what Manhattan was for Natives centuries ago and what Native artists are creating there now.

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