Native American Heritage Programs Carla holding cornKwangomelhenna wuntschi Lennapeuhockink! N’mentschihhenna eli payan! — We greet you from the land of the Lenape!  We are glad because you have come.

Native American Heritage Programs celebrates Lenape (Delaware Indian) culture & contributions of Native Americans.  We offer traveling programs and exhibits that celebrate Native American culture & history at your site!

Allan & Carla Messinger at Catasaqua Fall Fest -credit Catasaqua Press

Allan & Carla Messinger at Catasaqua Fall Fest -credit Catasaqua Press

 Welcome to our website!  Our pages are designed for children and adults, so please be patient while our graphics load!  Please do not use them without written permission, as many of them are copyrighted.
Waníshi (Thank you)!

Over 35 years of experience helping educators meet their goals by providing educational in school programs and workshops for schools, libraries, historical societies, groups and businesses. Please book your Native American Heritage Programs early!

Celebrating Native American Culture with
Traveling Native Heritage Programs

We focNative American Heritage Programs Carla & nanum (raccoon)us on Lenape (Delaware) Lifeways, Native American Contributions, Women’s Life Programs, Natives in the Civil War, Indian Wars in Pennsylvania, Environmental & Contemporary Issues, How Native Americans Saved Football and other programs which are available for preschool, school age, special needs, adult and senior groups, libraries, social organizations, festivals and businesses.

We offer a variety of off-site programs and exhibits for children and adults of all ages and ability levels, including special needs groups. Our presenters can work with one group at a time and are happy to tailor the program to your group’s needs. In addition we can provide exhibits and talks at your festival or conference! Please call well in advance to reserve your date of choice.

Attention Teachers!
We help you meet Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards in History & Arts / Humanities, New Jersey’s Core Content Standards in Social Studies and Delaware’s History Standards in Native American and early American studies.

Adult Programs for Organizations, Libraries, Social Groups, Senior Centers, Diversity Day Programs for Businesses & Groups, Festivals & Events

Little Flower crayonsNative American Heritage Programs has been designated a Woman/Minority Business by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & Certified by the State of Delaware.

Native American people today live like other people in your neighborhood. Your children can find Little Flower on several pages doing chores and having fun!

      When the Shadbush Blooms is available as a paperback for children to enjoy!  

When the Shadbush Blooms   Signed & dedicated copies are available at www.whentheshadbushblooms.net.  Also available through your favorite bookseller or in bulk through Lee & Low.  “The glory of white shadbush blossoms on the cover should be used as an excuse to pull it out in the spring and share it!”

Your can view the video of When the Shadbush Blooms on the left you will find the Shadbush link.  The Activity page includes a link to the Teacher/Parent Guide.  Enjoy! 

When the Shadbush Blooms – Review By Booklist  6/2020                                        Lee & Low revives this beautiful #OwnVoices look at the seasons, as experienced by the Lenni Lenape people, which was originally published in 2007 by Tricycle Press and had fallen out of print. A multigenerational tale unfolds through rich acrylic scenes painted on double-page spreads, upon which the left page shows a family’s great-great-grandparents engaged in activities with their children that mirror those unfolding during the present day on the right. An entire year is depicted, with time marked as the Lenape traditionally have observed it—through telling shifts in nature, such as the “Grass and Geese Moon” and the “Heartberry Moon,” and through activities the Lenape people associate with specific times of year, as with the “Planting Moon” and the “Moon of Roasting Ears of Corn.” The seamless integration of the past with the present gently but powerfully shows the enduring power of tradition and history, while also highlighting the cyclical aspect of nature. Informative back matter provides more detail on the Lenni Lenape people, seasons, and culture. A lovely, enriching offering.

We have won the 15th Annual Skipping Stones Honor Awards & National Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist!  When the Shadbush Blooms has been named to the 2008 list of Best Children’s Books by the Bank Street College Children’s Book Committee! We have also won the CCBC Choice 2008, Children’s Cooperative Book Center Award & 2008 Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts. Recommended to teachers by the National Museum of the American Indian, Spring 2008 Education E-Newsletter; Recommended on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” November 2007; Featured in Kirkus Reviews’ BEA/ALA Big Book Guide 2007.

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PHClogo2008 Pennsylvania Humanities Council – Commonwealth Speakers: Native American Life & History  – 2004-2005   2008-2009   2010-2011

Providing programs for: Bucks County Free Library System – Levittown & Doylestown, Philadelphia Free Library – Independence Branch & Rittenhouse Square, Parkland , Southern Lehigh and others; Defense Supply Center, IRS, US Mint, Veteran’s Administration, Veteran’s Affairs, various Pennsylvania State Parks, such as Little Pine, PEEC; PA Dept. of Aging, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Citibank- Wilmington Trust, Longwood Gardens, Kutztown University, St Joseph’s University, Thiel University, Chatham University, Keystone University, Temple University, Rowan University; Schuylkill River Festival, Walnutport Canal Festival, Briar Bush Nature Center, Tinicum Wetlands, preschools, schools, such as Fern Hill, Friends Central – Haverford; senior centers, nursing homes and social groups and many other organizations.

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Native American Heritage Programs
Email: palenape@enter.net  Website: lenapeprograms.info
Voice: 610.434.6819
1522 W. Highland St, Allentown, PA 18102-1031
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Wawullamallessil (Fare thee well)

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