The first celebration of Thanksgiving in the US was in the early 1600’s and was based on the successful harvest of the Pilgrims. Long before this time, the Lenape (New York Native American tribe) lived happily on harvests of staples they called “The Three Sisters” comprised of Corn, Beans and Squash. This workshop reflects on what the Pilgrims ate, and what the Lenape Peoples ate. Which do you think were more sustainable crops for the land; Native Americans who had lived in the region much longer, or Pilgrims who had just moved into the territory with new types of crops? Visitors will be encouraged to create a collage of foods they think would be sustainable for helping keep the natural environment healthy.
As an emerging New York artist originally from Oregon, Anthony Heinz May is fascinated by relationships humans have built with the natural environment. Experience between the natural and artificial surroundings of where he grew up and now lives respectively, creates the momentum and many points of intersection behind his artistic pursuits.