Indian Life at the Abbott Marshlands

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Lenape Artifacts from the Abbott Marshlands

Indian Life at the Abbott Marshlands:

The New Jersey Lenape


Lecture with demonstrations

by Lenape expert, Bill Guthrie


Sunday, November 2, 2014

2 pm


Noted authority on the Lenape people, Dr. William D. Guthrie will discuss how the Lenape Indians lived at the Abbott Marshlands, using authentic materials and artifacts including primitive tools, some that he made himself following the Indian ways. He has studied Lenape folklore, as well as how they gathered and prepared their food, how they made leather to be used for clothing, how they constructed their homes, and how important music was in their everyday lives. His presentation will invite audience participation.

Dr. Guthrie is a retired educator from Rider University having taught science and math at middle school, high school and university levels.  He served as New Jersey State Supervisor of Science and Math, and, at Rider University, as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. At the New Jersey State Museum, he designed the Natural History section.

An expert on New Jersey’s Lenni Lenape original people, Dr. Guthrie has developed a series of four instructional DVDs on the Lenape. These DVDs are currently in use in schools throughout the region. A fifth DVD on Lenape Games has been written and filmed and, along with a resource book on the Lenape for teachers, is in development.

Bill is a frequent speaker on the New Jersey Lenape for schools and historical groups and has, over a span of more than fifteen years made presentations at various Pineland programs on Lenape in the Pinelands including Short Course lectures and offerings for the Pinelands Preservation Society.  We are fortunate, indeed to have him share his expertise at Ellarslie.


Admission: $10 at the door.  Children 12 and under free.