Thank you for making time to connect with the Delaware River today. This is an audio timeline designed to be experienced on the water with paddle boats from the Independence Seaport Museum.
You can reflect on the questions on your own or discuss with a partner.
The river is alive, the port is active, and the tides shift regularly. Please be mindful of your surroundings as you listen and paddle.
Before you begin, consider the place where you stand and where you will float. These are the ancestral waters and lands of the Lenni-Lenape, who continue to live in New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania as well as in other parts of our country where their families were forced to move. Take a moment to remember the original stewards of this place, and the history of theft and violence that made this place what it is today.
To learn more, please check out the 2019 news series that inspired this project, "Reviving the River" by WHYY reporters Dana Bate and Susan Phillips: https://whyy.org/series/reviving-the-river/
This project was produced by Fereshteh Toosi (http://fereshteh.net/) for the Ecotopian Toolkit initiative of the Penn Project for Environmental Humanities.
Music: Live Forever (Long) by Moby, courtesy of https://mobygratis.com
Like many other cities, Philadelphia used to dump sewage directly into the Delaware River.
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