Northeastern Indigenous peoples walk
September 11 @ 10:00 am
One event on September 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm
OLLI volunteers Michael Wilcox and Katherine Kidd will lead a walk through sites closely connected with the Mohican people and their lives here, past, present and future.
Stockbridge was founded in 1737 when the Mohican Nation negotiated with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to found a township with both Mohican and European leadership. The Stockbridge-Munsee Community worked with Housatonic Heritage and other local partners to create a tour of the most important Mohican sites along what is now Stockbridge’s main street.
OLLI members, trained by one of the creators of the walking tour, will lead a walk along Main Street to learn about the Mohican people, their close relationship with their homelands here today, their lives here in the late 1700s and their journey westward to Wisconsin, where many of their community live today.
The walk will include the Carriage Barn at the Mission House, the stone memorial in the burial ground and the site of the 2021 archeological dig for the Mohican meeting house.
The Stockbridge Munsee Community has developed this walking tour, highlighting the years in which they lived in Stockbridge. Done in partnership with Housatonic Heritage on weekends and open to the public.
This walk is approximately a mile round trip, and the sidewalks are accessible, and the group will be walking and standing for about 45 minutes. (You will need to sign up ahead online or call 413-236-2190.)
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.
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