The Wappingers of Westchester: Putting Together the Pieces of Local First Nation's History - A Virtual Illustrated Lecture by Professor Evan Pritchard Online
In this presentation, we will acknowledge the Wappingers people of Westchester and their long stewardship of our environment, and begin to reconstruct their history. When we look at Westchester today we see the shattered pieces of a once vibrant network of First Nations communities. We can put the pieces back together, historically speaking, by inter-relating 1. Colonial records 2. Oral tradition (including music, story and ceremonial practices) 3. Linguistics and 4. Archaeology, the “four directions” of native scholarship. It is reminiscent of the story “When Coyote Ate Turtle;” after coyote ate turtle, the land dried up and plants began to die, so the animals asked coyote to cough up turtle again, and he did, but it came up in pieces, so the animals put together the shattered pieces and saved the world. In this virtual slide show followed by Q and A, each of us will begin that journey anew, a journey of a lifetime, a journey back to connectivity with Mother Earth, the great Turtle Island on which we live.
- Tuesday, November 21, 2023
- 6:30pm - 8:15pm
- Time Zone:
- Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
- This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Professor Evan Pritchard is a respected figure in the field of Native American studies, known for his dedication to preserving and sharing the rich heritage and culture of indigenous peoples, particularly in the Hudson Valley. As a former professor of Native American studies at Marist and Vassar colleges, he has made significant contributions to education in this area. Evan is also the founder of the Center for Algonquin Culture, an organization that aims to protect, preserve, and unify Algonquin nations and educate the public about their culture and history.