nkwiluntàmën: I long for it; I am lonesome for it (such as the sound of a drum) is an immersive sound walk through the riverfront grounds of Pennsbury Manor by artist Nathan Young. Young takes listeners across the historic site, experiencing sounds of music, voice, and environmental recordings. The original composition amplifies indigenous agency, honoring and reimagining environmental song-making traditions that survive his tribe’s diaspora across North America
The year-long exhibition accompanies a series of free public events, educational materials on sound art and Delaware cultural heritage, and a first-of-its-kind phone application created to reach distant audiences and descendants of the Lenape diaspora.
Pennsbury Manor is a reconstruction of William Penn’s country estate set on 43 acres along the Delaware River in Morrisville, PA. nkwiluntàmën augments this landscape with original, collaborative compositions of music by Nathan Young, Rush Falknor & Robbie Wing, Kite, David Broome & Matt Magerkurth, Lea Bertucci, Ben Vida, Nokosee Fields, Matteo Galindo & Warren Realrider, LEYA and sound engineered by Bob Bielecki.
Experience nkwiluntàmën Wednesdays through Sundays, 1pm to 4pm. Advanced registration is recommended. An admission cost of $3 per person can be paid upon arrival to the Pennsbury Manor Visitor Center.
Nkwiluntàmën is installed at Pennsbury Manor, a historic site dedicated to the life and legacy of Pennsylvania founder William Penn, situated along the Delaware River in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The site is a 40-minute drive from center city Philadelphia, a 90 minute drive from New York City, and less than 20 minutes from Trenton.
Pennsbury Manor is accessible by I-95 or I-295. It is located 4 miles from the Levittown Station on the Regional Rail Trenton Line. See detailed directions here.
Nkwiluntàmën takes approximately 40 minutes to experience from start to finish. There’s more to see at Pennsbury Manor, and many great places nearby. Make a day of it!
nkwiluntàmën offers a series of free creative public events in the Philadelphia area that bring indigenous scholars, artists, and performers to engage the natural and built landscapes along the Delaware River. Programs focus on bringing audiences into contact with historical sites & waste streams and the complex histories they carry, building and deepening connections between artistic practices, environmental stewardship, and cultural history. Details on public programs coming soon.
Experience nkwiluntàmën virtually by downloading the official project app, designed to simulate the unique spatial composition for off site environments. Using geolocation technology, this tool replicates the experience of traversing the soundscape at Pennsbury Manor and can be used in your own home, classroom, or field of your choice.
Bridging indigenous history, art, and ecology, nkwiluntàmën offers interdisciplinary learning for visitors of all ages. Teachers can share the nkwiluntàmën experience with their students both in school and on-site at Pennsbury Manor. Our team has created a suite of activities and resources extending Pennsbury Manor’s hands-on learning approach to classrooms. These materials are designed for students aged 6-12, but are also applicable to a wider range of age groups and reflect Pennsylvania Education Standards.
Nathan Young is a multidisciplinary artist, scholar and curator working in an expanded practice that traverses artistic fields which include but are not limited to installation, sound, text, textiles, video, documentary, socially engaged art and experimental music. Nathan is a founding member of the artist collective Postcommodity (2006-2015) and holds an MFA in Music / Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts. Young is currently pursuing a PhD in the University of Oklahoma’s innovative Native American Art History Doctoral program where his scholarship is focused on Indigenous Sonic Agency. His work has been supported by Creative Capital, The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, The George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Pew Foundation and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation among others including Tribeca Film Institute and the Sundance Institute.
Project Producers: Theo Loftis & Ryan Strand Greenberg
Pennsbury Manor is the 43 acre reconstructed estate of William Penn in Pennsylvania. Penn purchased the land for his home from Pennsylvania first people, the Lenape. Today the site is operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the assistance of the 501(c)3 Pennsbury Society.
The Honorable Josh Shapiro, Governor
Nancy Moses, Chairman of the Commission
Andrea Lowery, Executive Director.
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA 19067