RECONSTRUCTING MID-ATLANTIC NATIVE AMERICAN NET-MAKING TECHNOLOGY
University of Delaware
The work of Clem Carney, the last known Lenape net maker, inspired this study of fishing nets, their construction, and materiality from Native groups throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For this research, I located and examined nets and associated tools at both the National Museum of the American Indian and the American Museum of Natural History, and compiled all data in systematic examination forms. I consulted with the Lenape Tribe of Delaware in every step of the research. I then shared my findings in numerous public and tribal forums and taught net-making through public workshops held at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, DE. Through these events and a range of media posts and articles, at least 5,550 people learned about this collaboration between the field of art conservation and an indigenous community, prompting greater respect and interest in the work of Clem Carney and the material culture of Native Mid-Atlantic groups as a whole.
art conservation, native american, net making