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C A]P. E, Fd@,0ctb 3L, ;t197 - 2 3 Children's Beach House receives Native-American artist grant "This we know. The earth does not belong to man: Man belongs to the earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected." Chief Seattle A new dimension will be added to the Environmental Educator Program at Children's Beach House this year: Native-American culture. Thanks to a grant from the Division of the Arts Special Ven- tures Program and the National Endowment for the Arts, Odette Wright, curator of the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Sussex County has joined the Beach House as artist-in-residence. The project will teach students about the unique heritage and cus- toms of Native Americans, while equipping the Beach House staff with information and materials to incorporate Native American cul- ture into their ongoing programs. The $1,800" Special Ventures grant, one of only nine awarded by the Division of the Arts, will be used to acquire typical Native- American musical instruments- drums, bells, shakers-craft sup- plies and support material-books, and tapes-as well as to fund the artist-in-residence. Odette Wright, whose tribal name is "She Who Knows," is a well-known and respected leader and teacher of the Nanticoke Indi- an Tribe. She became curator of the Nanticoke Indian Museum in 1984 and has worked tirelessly developing cooperative programs to educate people about Delaware's native heritage. She served from 1988 to 1993 as chairperson of the annual Nan- ticoke Powwow and serves as co- ordinator of tribal performances at the event. For 16 years, the-Children's Beach House Environmental Pro- gram has taught children with spe- cial needs that Delaware's coastal areas are special habitats. For more than 20 years, Wright has worked to preserve and protect the native culture of the "People of the Tidal Waters," Delaware's Nanticoke Indian tribe. Thanks to the grant, these goals will be joined. The new artist-in-resi- dence will introduce students to a variety of aspects of Native- American culture by involving them in playing simple instru- ments, with song and dance, and with craft activities, such as dream-catchers and necklaces. Each activity will tie to the theme of respect for the earth and rein- force the message of good stew- ardship. The long-term impact of this one-year grant will be continua- tion of the new activities with groups to follow. While initially, only overnight field trippers will work with Wright, as teachers Mary van House and Julie Stutes- man incorporate the new materials into their programs, both day field trips and ovemighters will be_ the beneficiaries. Children's Beach House is a private, nonprofit organization serving children with special needs. The school year Environ- mental Education Program works with approximately 4,000 stu- dents annually, through the Lewes Beach field trips and with out- reach programs given at their schools. In addition to children with mental, emotional, orthope- dic, visual, hearing, speech and learning disabilities, the program has been expanded to serve those children who are culturally and economically disadvantaged, tal- ented and gifted students and those enrolled in classes that inte- grate special-needs children with others their own age. Students from all three of Delaware's coun- ties and all of Delaware's school districts and special schools have participated. Field ,trip activities typically in- clude marsh explorations, shell hunts, seining, clamming, water testing, oil spill simulations, seafood tasting, long-shore cur- Angie Moon photo Odette Wright, a respected leader and teacher of the Nanti- coke Tribe, is the new artist-in-residence at the Children's Beach House in Lewes. She is introducing students to many aspects of Native American culture, thanks to a grant from the Division of the Arts Special Ventures Program and the National Endowment of the Arts. rent experiments as well as crafts, sandcastle building, night beach hikes and fireplace story times. The Native-American instru- ments and crafts will be displayed as volunteers decorate the bay- side Beach House for their annual major fundraiser, the Christmas Art Show and its preview recep- tion on Dec. 5 and 6, coinciding with the townwide Lewes Christ- mas weekend. 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