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Indigenous Futures: Decolonizing NYC — Documenting the Lenape Trail

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number IDSEM-UG1900
Section 001
Instructor Jack Tchen
Days Tue
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 6
Level U
Social Sciences
Early Modern or
Global Cultures


This 6-unit course includes an additional meeting time. Permission of the instructor ( required.


The seminar is a collaborative research project working with experts and knowledge bearers, including Algonquian language scholars, digital mappers, and artists, to explore the many facets of indigenous life along the Lenape Trail in 1609. Shrouded in the mythos of an island real estate deal for “baubles,” the “purchase” of colonial Nieuw Amsterdam has always been suspect. The Wayfinding Lab will use technologies, time-tested and cutting edge, to reconstruct fragments of the Lenape Trail now known as Broadway to make this past "real" today. The engaged, layered, multi-organized knowledge of the Lenape peoples linked to the coastal estuaries of Mannahatta has been scattered to all corners of North America. Yet revitalizing that indigenous philosophy, respecting the people, and reckoning with the unresolved past is foundational towards an enhanced understanding of how to change the here and now, especially in the era of environmental and climate degradation, and climage justice. The Wayfinding Lab will be experimenting with AR/VR conveying the simultaneous presence of pasts and futures via this one route of Broadway.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)