Our Land, Our Stories, a collaborative project with Rutgers University, Department of Landscape Architecture and the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, is a multimedia project for environmental justice advocacy and curriculum development for Native American history and contemporary Indigenous land relations.  The project elucidates how relationships to land are disrupted by environmental pollution. It explains how negative portrayals of Native American communities have contributed to the targeting of their lands as dumpsites, while leaving them marginalized in the remediation process. It illustrates how Indigenous communities are responding with programs for cultural restoration and food sovereignty.  Project materials were created in collaboration with the Turtle Clan, many of whom live on a Superfund site.  Materials include the Our Land, Our Stories book, The Meaning of the Seed documentary film, traveling exhibits , short video projects on our YouTube channel , social media platforms , and this digital exhibit for Rutgers University Libraries. Utilizing a variety of formats, the project incorporates multiple voices and creates a multi-media forum for sharing important stories of land and loss, and of survival and recovery.


click on the links below to access the exhibits, or navigate from the Exhibits link in the menu bar above. 

Ramapough Stories     History     Community     Contamination     Flora and Fauna     Water  


The images below offer a preview of the different themes and topics explored in Our Land, Our Stories and the six featured exhibits.  Click on the images below to link to the connected parts of the exhibits. 

Image of the cover of the Our Land, Our Stories book map of Native American Lands and Sites Diagram showing the impact of chemicals on the human body infographic showing environmental deregulations

infographic showing Recent Indigenous Environmental Movements TIMELINES

TIMELINE about Munsee Lenape History

photo collage photo collage of Ringwood NJ photo collage on water systems

sketches of stories told by Ramapough elder

drawings of Munsee Three Sisters Medicinal Farm collage of photographs from the Our Land, Our Stories exhibit Photograph of interactive storytelling circles board from the exhibit A collage of photographs from the filming of the Meaning of the Seed Collage of photographs and words spoken by Ramapough community leaders

This exhibition was curated and designed by Anita Bakshi, Anna Forsman, and Kathleen Hammerdahl.