Moulin Rouge! The Musical would like to thank The Lenape Center for their insight and collaboration in crafting the below statement of Land Acknowledgement.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical recognizes the land on which we perform as Lenapehoking, the original and rightful territory of the Lenape people.
We honor the Lenape people as the original arbiters and protectors of Lenapehoking and acknowledge the vast injustices they have faced in the past, and continue to face in the present. May this acknowledgement serve as a first, small step towards our commitment to finding opportunities for our community to help repair these injustices for the future.
We embolden ourselves and our guests to dedicate our unwavering consciousness to examine the ways in which we have benefited from the ongoing tradition of colonization, racism, displacement, and land exploitation.
Our mutual, concentrated effort is required on our road to repair and reconciliation with the Indigenous communities of this land. To learn more about Lenape history and culture, and to receive guidance on paths towards healing and justice, we encourage you to connect with our partners at the Lenape Center.
The Lenape Center has the mission of continuing Lenapehoking through community, culture, and the arts.
The Lenape Center is a nonprofit organization fiscally sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts. Since 2009, The Lenape Center, based in Manhattan and led by Lenape elders, has created programs, exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, land acknowledgments, and ceremonies to continue their Lenape presence.
The Lenape Center works to push back against the erasure of their culture and seed the ground with Lenape consciousness for the next generations.
The Lenape Center is working towards the creation of a physical culture center. Until the physical center can be erected, please consider supporting ongoing programs by visiting thelenapecenter.com.