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"Still Here: Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation” is an outdoor installation of photographic portraits by artist

Lisa Levart


611 North Midland Ave. Upper Nyack, NY

April 27, 2024 - open for one year

Observe as nature weaves her magic amid the installation throughout the cycle of four seasons.

Every woman shown in this installation has heard directly a call to honor our Ancestral Matriarchs. 



Kiiloona Lunaapeewak  -  We are all one People


Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk

Ambassador Ramapough Lenape Nation

STILL HERE is made possible in part with a grant from 

The Austen-Stokes Ancient Americas Foundation, Friends of River Hook and the town of Upper Nyack.

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"Women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation" is an
on-going series by artist Lisa Levart created with the guidance of Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk.


The goal of “Still Here” is to prompt visitors of River Hook to reflect upon and honor the Lenape people who have cared for and stewarded this land long before the Dutch and English settled on the Hudson shores, and remember that their descendants still live amongst us.


When we reach back into the early myths and stories of all cultures, we often have more similarities than differences. By sharing contemporary re-interpretations of the Lenape mythology as a part of the Upper Nyack's 150th Anniversary, we hope that viewers will gain a deeper mindfulness of the indigenous people who have been here long before this century and a half marker, as well as an appreciation for their descendants that are still here in the Hudson Valley. 

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Hawk Woman

Portrayed by Grandmother Clara Soaring Hawk

The Hawk is considered a guardian of the Earth. Ever vigilant and flying continuously, the Hawk is admired for its speed, endurance and sharp eyesight.

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Grandmother South

Portrayed by Cheyann Kumar

Grandmother South is one of the four Keepers of Creation. She controlled the power of fire and gave the Lenape people, summer and warmth, a fierce inner spirit, and bestowed fire to the sun.


Corn Woman

Portrayed by Ashlynn Kumar

Corn Woman left the natural world because a group of young men took her gift of a good harvest for granted. When they honored her with the gift of oyster shell earrings, she returned and brought corn back to her people.

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Rainbow Crow

Portrayed by Autumn Lorraine


In a time long ago, snow covered all the land. Rainbow Crow traveled to the Heavens to ask the creator for help. By bringing the gift of fire back to her fellow animals she lost her wondrous voice and vibrant colors

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Thunder Beings

Portrayed by Marci Copeland

Thunder Beings are storm spirits that live in the sky and cause thunder and lighting. Their enemies are the horned serpents that live in the rivers and streams, and sometimes rescue the Lenape people from those dreaded monsters.



Portrayed by Debra Beal

The spirit animal Hummingbird is an energetic little bird that helps shamans keep nature and spirit in balance.



Portrayed by Carla Alexander

Dragonflies symbolize maturity and going past self-determined illusions that prevent our ability to grow and change.

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Three Sisters

Portrayed by Lisa Tyner, Tiffany Tyner and Natalie Tyner

Known as a companion planting technique the Three Sisters are: corn, which provides a structure for beans, beans, which provide nitrogen to the soil, and squash, whose leaves provide shade to the soil.

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Sister Bird

Portrayed by Joyce DeGroat Gamble

"Sister Bird"  is about sisterhood, rising above loss and finding the inner strength to be a warrior.

Joyce chose to put the red hand symbol on her face in solidarity with her indigenous sisters and the MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) movement. The red hand over the mouth stands for an epidemic of violence against women from the Native American and First Nations communities and the voices of the missing sisters who will not be heard.

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Cyclone Woman

Portrayed by Nakia Powell

Cyclone Woman is a powerful storm spirit has the capability to destroy, but is still considered a kindred spirit – she never intentionally harms the Lenape people.

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Grandmother Moon

Portrayed by Quasia Powell

A Lenape Creation Story


By night, our Mother, the first mother, nurtures her children. When her purpose is complete, she returns to the spirit world, where she watches over her children as the Moon.



Portrayed by Pointsetta

The Earth, we call Kukna is our Mother and all life is nourished from her breast.

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Installation and Photography - Lisa Levart

Project Manager - Mark Rubinsky

Film - Myles Aronowitz


This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community
Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the
Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.

As well as Friends of RIver Hook and the Village of Upper Nyack.

Special thanks to Mayor Karen Tarapata, Bill Batson and Paul Curley

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For information on the Ramapough Lenape Nation, please visit:

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