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Hiding in Plain Sight? Reconsidering Native Histories Along the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River)

– with Margaret Bruchac


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Wednesday March 27, 20241-3pmGreenfield Garden Cinemas

In 19th century western Massachusetts, Native American people were imagined to be vanishing. Yet, Native families were often highly visible as they moved through white communities—literally "hiding in plain sight." Their histories are surprisingly well-documented in local memories, records and artifacts. This talk highlights some of the Native basket makers, doctors and others who used long-standing Indigenous skills, kinship networks and ecological knowledge to make a comfortable living, while providing medicinal, material, and practical assistance to their white neighbors.

About the Presenter

Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has long served as a consultant to Historic Northampton, Historic Deerfield, the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and Old Sturbridge Village. Her 2018 book Savage Kin: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists won the inaugural Council for Museum Anthropology Book Award.

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