FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission
American Indian Ramapough People
Topic of County Lecture in Park
APRIL 11, 2013 – The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission would like to invite you to Join Autumn Wind Scott, chair of the New Jersey State Commission on American Indian Affairs, for a special lecture entitled: Ramapough -- People of the Slanting Rock.
This free program is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at The Lodge in Thompson Park at 1701 Perrineville Road in Jamesburg. Registration is required.
The Ramapough Mountains have been continuously inhabited by Munsee speaking people. Their territory once spread from southwestern Connecticut and southeastern New York, as far as Staten Island and all of what would become northeastern New Jersey.
The many inhabitants of this area, known by their place or location names, were remnant Munsi and Mahican Brands, such as the Tappan, Raritan, Hackensack, Haverstroo, Esopus, Ramapoo, Waping and Tuscarora.
With the decrease in population, these displaced people all came together under one Chieftancy in the Ramapough Mountains. They would join those Ramapough Munsee who had been known as the keepers of the pass (the only access passage through the mountains north), and all become Ramapough – People of the Slanting Rock.
Autumn Wind Scott (Takwaakuw Wulaxun) has been an activist for American Indian rights for over 20 years. She has lectured at colleges, high schools, elementary schools and museums throughout the tri-state area. She has authored the New Jersey State Cultural Sensitivity Training for the New Jersey law enforcement community, and is currently working on publishing her first book on the Ramapough Lunaape Indians of New Jersey and New York.
“I commend The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission for offering such a diverse array of programming.” said Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “It really strengthens our cultural offerings.”
Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said: “Middlesex County is very proud of its unique and diverse communities. By celebrating this diversity we enrich our own lives and those of future generations.”
For more information and to register for this free program, please call the Commission, 732-745-4489. Persons with hearing disabilities may call 732-745-3888 (TTY users only), or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. The Lodge is an accessible site and an Assistive Listening System will be in use during the program. An American Sign Language interpreter is available with a two-week advance request.
This program is funded by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center and with assistance from the Middlesex County Office of Parks and Recreation.