Site-Specific Art Installation
River Hook Preserve
611 North Midland Ave, Upper Nyack, New York
"Still Here: Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation,” is an outdoor installation of photographic portraits nestled in the woods of the River Hook Preserve.
The goal of “Still Here” is to prompt visitors of River Hook to reflect upon and honor the Lenape people who have cared for and stewarded this land long before the Dutch and English settled on the Hudson shores, and remember that their ancestors still live amongst us.
"Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation" is an on-going series by artist Lisa Levart created with the guidance of Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk.
" Every woman shown in this installation has heard directly a call to honor our ancestral matriarchs."
Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester, as well as Friends of River Hook and the Village of Upper Nyack.
Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation
Witness women and young girls from the Ramapough Lenape Nation reclaiming long forgotten ancestral stories, revealing personal connections to these narratives and in the process, raising awareness to a community whose tribal land is 20 miles outside of Manhattan. This powerful series of portrait photography by Lisa Levart has been exhibited at historical museums and colleges, and available for future exhibitions.
Filmmaker Myles Aronowitz's insightful documentary follows Levart and the women as they embark on a creative process that transports viewers into an indigenous, nature-loving world; ancient, contemporary, personal, and unabashedly - matriarchal.