Each season since 1994, Two River Theater has welcomed tens of thousands of audience members from Monmouth County and beyond. In the midst of our continued growth towards being an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization, we need to recognize that the land upon where our theater stands is not ours. Two River wishes to acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape as the original people of this land where we proudly present our work and continue to be a vital cultural resource for our community.
The land acknowledgement below was generously provided by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation for New Jersey-based organizations like Two River Theater who seek to honor these people and territory.
The Lenape People lived in harmony with one another upon this territory for thousands of years. During the colonial era and early federal period, many were removed west and north, but some also remain among the continuing historical tribal communities of the region: The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation; the Ramapough Lenape Nation; and the Powhatan Renape Nation, The Nanticoke of Millsboro Delaware, and the Lenape of Cheswold Delaware.
We acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape as the original people of this land and their continuing relationship with their territory. In our acknowledgment of the continued presence of Lenape people in their homeland, we affirm the aspiration of the great Lenape Chief Tamanend, that there be harmony between the indigenous people of this land and the descendants of the immigrants to this land, “as long as the rivers and creeks flow, and the sun, moon, and stars shine.”