Research Projects

Thirty years of social change among the African-American Community of Atlantic City since the introduction of the gaming industry in 1978.

A sociological survey to attempt to show the positive and negative aspects of a new social and economic situation.
How greatly was the African-American Community affected by the appearance of this new kind of business? Did casinos offer an equal opportunity employment, or did the African-Americans increased or worsened? How did the African-Americans of the area respond to this new opportunity? Were the casinos behind the dramatic changes of the urban landscape in the Inlet area of Atlantic City, and, if so, how did those changes impact the lives of the poorest inhabitants of the city ? How many of them have had to leave the city in order to find a new place for living? What percentage of the employees of the gaming industry do African-Americans constitute? This project requires several data gatherers to complete the survey. PAES/PATE will seek support of professional sociologists from Polish and American Universities to construct the questionnaire, and complete the sociological analysis of the results.

Nakum Project. A Continuation.

The first Polish archaeological project in the exploration and the analysis of Maya site in Nakum, Guatemala, under the direction of Dr. Jaroslaw Zralka and Wieslaw Koszkul from the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University, Krakow.
Although PAES/PATE attempted to support financially the efforts of this first Polish expedition to Maya site, the founds were severely undercut by our financial abilities. The money gathered sufficed only to cover the cost of issuing the field reports. PAES/PATE is interested in soliciting extensive founds, as this project revealed the possibility of significant finds which will lead to a better understanding of the reasons that led to the sudden collapse of the classic Maya civilization, and also, as its direction is managed by two of this society's members, we feel obligated to help them as much as we can. The Zralka-Koszkul team's discovery of an undisturbed tomb of the Maya ruler in Nakum (2006), also demonstrates the spectacular success these brilliant Polish archaeologists have had.

Archaeological survey of the New Jersey coastal region.

Searching for the year round Lenni Lenape sites in the New Jersey's Atlantic Coast area of Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Did Indians live year round only in the interior, or were there coastal sites that were also inhabited year round rather than seasonally? What about the legend of Absegami Indians from the contemporary coastal Absecon, NJ? Where can we locate the villages of Lenape (Lenopi?) Kechemeches? Who were Mulica River Indians? And where are the forgotten burial places of Leeds Point, Pleasantville, or Port Republic? Does the site of Beesley Point, NJ, refer only to prehistoric times? What is the meaning of the word written today as Manahawkin, apparently derived from a native word? Was a legendary "king Numa" some Kechemeche sachem (?), living at the shore of Wildwood? Why is the emblem of the Egg Harbor Township composed of two people shaking hands: one an Indian and the other a colonist, if there were no natives inhabiting the Atlantic shore continuously? The early white settlers' local tradition speaks of many encounters with the local natives living both at the shore, and on many islands along the coast. These questions and many other relate to this archaeologically neglected area of South Jersey. Is this negligence random , or is it, for example, dictated by a "political" reason, and if so, way? This project can be led by PAES/PATE archaeologists: Dr. Jaroslaw Zralka, Wieslaw Koszkul, and Dr. Radoslaw Palonka, with an open position for the New Jersey Archaeological Society's observer.

Current affairs of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians from Cumberland and Salem Counties, South Jersey. A Sociological and Political Survey.

How the stately recognized Indian Tribe struggles to improve its social and political position, and what difficulties, if any, it faces during this process?
It's understandable (if not obvious) that any Native Community in the United States would try to improve its situation relative to its finances, health and/or school system, or by reaching the higher level of federal governmental recognition. The federally recognized nations sometime face intricate ways of dealing with state governments; those recognized by the states only struggle to prove their continuous existence and gain the "federal grace", according to rules arbitrarily imposed by the US Congress and BIA. The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape of South Jersey are in the process of completing the historical and genealogical data to prove their continuous functioning as a culturally integral and separate ethnic group. Do they encounter any adversity in their fight? And who is hiding behind, if any, and why? This project requires a number of interviews with members of the Tribal Council, and the analysis of the related press news and articles. Andrew Wala, and (if possible) Dr. Bartosz Hlebowicz from Firenze, Italy, can manage this project together.

Current affairs of the Kalinago Indians from Dominica, West Indies.

How the miraculously surviving Native American nation from the Caribbean Island builds up its political agenda, facing an uncertain or, at least, ambivalent reaction from the "white-black" state of Dominica?
This project requires a two to three week stay in Salybia, Carib Territory, and an extensive interviews with the Kalinago Chairman and the officials to produce a report. To confront the opinion of Dominica's Government it may be necessary to prearrange some appointments for additional stay in the capital of Roseau. Andrew Wala (PAES/PATE) will be directing this project.


Annual Activity

The permanent yearly events encompass our Anthropological Seminar, usually held in November.

The seminar presents the anthropological or ethnohistorical papers, and it is gathering people who are interested in our scholarly activities.