Panel: The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site

History, Culture, Education and Environmental Justice

Chief Vincent Mann will be joined by Professor Jack Tchen and Dr. Anita Bakshi to talk about The Ramapough and the Ringwood Mines Superfund site.

Apr 26, 2023, 7:00 pm8:30 pm
Princeton Public Library Community Room



Event Description

Professor Jack Tchen of Rutgers University Newark will share a short history of the Turtle Clan in our region, and then Chief Vincent Mann of the Turtle Clan and members of the project team, including Dr. Anita Bakshi (team lead) will share elements of the exhibit and excerpts of the film, "Meaning of the Seed."  Finally, Chief Mann will share what the Turtle Clan is doing now to heal from this decades-long disruption to the lives of clan members. 

Attendees will also be able to see the multimedia project which won the Stanley N. Katz Prize for Excellence in Public Humanities in 2022, a project that was co-created with the Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan and a team at Rutgers University.

The Rutgers team, led by project director Dr. Anita Bakshi, worked with Turtle Clan members – many of whom live on an active Superfund site – to create an array of materials, including the book "Our Land, Our Stories" book; the documentary film "The Meaning of the Seed"; traveling exhibits; short video projects for YouTube and social media platforms; and a digital exhibit for Rutgers University Libraries. The traveling exhibit will be on display for attendees to view and copies of the book will be available.

The Seed Farm will host a seed swap table.  Feel free to bring seeds to share and take seeds home. 

Presented in partnership with The Seed Farm, The Land, Language, and Art Global Initiative, School of Public and International Affairs in New Jersey, and The Watershed Institute.

The Land, Language, and Art Global Initiative will host a post screening reception.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Community Room Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assistive listening system compatible with personal T-coil-enabled devices (compatible  headphones also available for use during programs)
  • English-language subtitles for films (when available)
  • If there is an accommodation that you need or would like so that you can fully enjoy library programs, please visit the Princeton Public Library Accommodations Request Form.
  • Princeton Pubic Library
  • Land, Language, and Art Global Initiative
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • The Seed Farm
  • School of Public and International Affairs in New Jersey
  • Watershed Institute