A Talk with Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac (Nulhegan Abenaki), Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Free Event. Indigenous histories in the valley of the Kwinitekw are long and deep, tracing back to glacial times and marked by many, many generations. The Native community of Pocumtuck was sustained by local flora and fauna and supported by reciprocal trade and diplomacy with their Native neighbors. Early colonists relied heavily on Indigenous ecological knowledges – maize horticulture, maple sugaring, and seasonal fish runs. Native leaders attempted to preserve, in written deed, rights to hunt, fish, gather, and plant here in perpetuity, but colonial warfare forced them and their families to relocate. Indigenous histories can be better understood and recovered by critically analyzing colonial documents, revisiting Indigenous landscapes, and otherwise dismantling myths and stereotypes that push Native people, then and now, into the vanished past. Q & A to follow. This Crossroads event is in partnership with the Nolumbeka Project.
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” will be on view at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls from February 5 to March 18, 2023. The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Mass Humanities. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.
“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is a collaboration between the Department of Conservation and Recreation, RiverCulture, the Friends of the Discovery Center, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Montague Public Libraries, and New England Public Media. See the full calendar of events at https://greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org/