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Preserved on the Mighty Waters: Exploring the Indian Mariners Project

Sunday, November 09, 2014, 04:00pm

indian mariners wordpress banner3Jason R. Mancini, Ph.D. of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center speaks about our area's little-known and fascinating maritime history. This program is free and open to the public.

Over nine million acres of Indian Country in southern New England and Long Island was reduced to less than 30,000 acres by the American Revolution. Indians across the region adjusted in different ways to this rapidly changing world. One important and largely unseen shift involved the participation of Indian men in various forms of maritime labor - from shipbuilding to whaling. This talk focuses on the hundreds of Indians that found work in the customs district of New London and explores their “roots” and “routes,” the global social networks they formed, and their traveling histories from the objects they collected and stories they told. Dr. Mancini will present whaleship routes mapped on Google Earth, details from recent explorations in Hawaii, New Zealand, and Alaska, and his recent voyage on the only surviving 19th century whaleship, Charles W. Morgan.

JRM on ConradJason Mancini is Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Connecticut College. Jason holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut with expertise in the archaeology and ethnohistory of New England. His current research projects focus on Indian histories after 1700 and involve Indian social networks, Indian mariners, urban Indian communities, race and ethnicity in New England, cultural landscapes, and oral histories. He is the founder and director of the Indian Mariners Project, a collaboration between multiple tribes, institutions, and individuals that explores the history of and ongoing relationship between Native people and the sea. His forthcoming book project, “Beyond Reservation: Indian Survivance in Southern New England,” will be published by SUNY Press.

This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition in the Rare Book cases in the Perkin Gallery and Reading Room of Pequot Library, Pages from Pequot: Native Americans. All materials are from Pequot Library's Special Collections. Exhibition runs from October 17, 2014 - January 11, 2015.

You may also enjoy an exhibition at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, "The Pequot War and the Founding of Fairfield, 1637-1639" from October 15, 2014 – January 18, 2015


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