Split Rock Museum
the sacred earth since time immemorial. However, this connection has been challenged by the colonists, the mining and fossil fuel industries, and most recently, by the tribe’s neighbors and the popular media who have painted them with a bigoted, racist brush. Thus Split Rock Museum, located at the site of the sacred Split Rock in Mahwah, NJ, proposes a compound that celebrates and commemorates the culture and history—both cheerful and tragic—of the tribe, while negotiating the rugged and wooded terrain. The museum is composed of four structures: (1) The Marker, which marks the sacred site itself as well as the presence of the Ramapough Lenape; (2) Shelter of the Physical, which holds the historic everyday artifacts of the tribe; (3) Shelter of the Spiritual, which holds the ceremonial objects and artifacts, and (4) Shelter of the Sacred, which holds the sacred objects that only certain members of the tribe can access. Except for the Marker, all shelters are constructed with oak found on site, and canvas, each of which is constructed specific to its relationship to the sacred earth and the elements.