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Dawnland Sovereigns: Northeastern Nations

September 6 @ 7:00 pm

A flat stone sits beside a bench, giving a place to rest beside a plaque holding the words of a contemporary Mohican poet at Thomas Palmer Brook Preserve in Great Barrington.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Professor N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Dartmouth College, will give a virtual talk on Dawnland Sovereigns: Northeastern Nations in the Era of Self Determination, free and online.

An internationally recognized scholar of Native American law and policy, Professor Duthu joined the faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dartmouth in 2008. He served as Dartmouth’s Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs.

Duthu earned his BA degree in religion and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his JD degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans.

Before joining the Dartmouth faculty, Duthu was Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, and inaugural director of the VLS-Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China) Partnership in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School. He served as visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School, the universities of Wollongong and Sydney in Australia, and the University of Trento in Italy.

Professor Duthu is the author of Shadow Nations: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism (Oxford University Press 2013) and American Indians and the Law (Viking/Penguin Press 2008) and was a contributing author of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

His co-edited special volume of South Atlantic Quarterly, Sovereignty, Indigeneity and the Law, won the 2011 Council of Editors of Learned Journals award for Best Special Issue. Professor Duthu is an enrolled tribal member of the United Houma Nation of Louisiana. He and his wife (Hilde Ojibway) have three children and four grandchildren.

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We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast

At least an estimated 100,000 Native people lived in Massachusetts before European contact — and throughout September the Osher Institute of Lifetime Learning (OLLI) at Berkshire Community college will celebrate their stories.

Explore art shows, music performances, tours of historic sites with emphasis on connections with the Indigenous community, guided reading groups focused on books by Indigenous authors of the Northeast, and four online lectures by leading scholars.

Listen to the music of Hawk Henries, a Nipmuc flutist who makes and plays traditional Nipmuc flutes with musicians around the world, from the London Mozart Players to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Judy Dow, an artist of Abenaki and French Canadian descent, educator and activist, has had her baskets on display at the Smithsonian and her tapestries on exhibit in Europe with the UN Indigenous organization.

Abenaki, Wabanaki and Haudenosanee writers will share books and stories, and you can walk Main Street, Stockbridge, and learn about the Mohican families and European incomers who founded Stockbridge as an experiment in multicultural living in the mid-18th century.

By the Way Berkshires is a digital magazine exploring creative life and community — art and performance, food and the outdoors — and I’m writing it for you, with local voices, because I’ve gotten to know this rich part of the world as a writer and journalist, and I want to share it with you.

If you’d like to see the website grow, you can join me for a few dollars a month, enough for a cup of coffee and a cider doughnut. Members get access to extra stories and multimedia, itineraries a bookmark tool. Let me know what you're looking for, and we’ll explore together.

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September 6
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Berkshire Community College
1350 West St.
Pittsfield, MA
https://www.berkshirecc.edu

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