Two Sides of the Coin: Native American & Early Colonists Cultural Clashes
Every day hundreds of people pass by the monument to Keene settler Nathan Blake, never knowing how Blake’s fascinating story of capture, ransom, and homecoming sheds light on our shared history. While there’s no shortage of captivity tales from the Connecticut River Valley in the 17th and 18th centuries, many of these histories were weighted toward the experiences of Colonial settlers.
But what about the "other side of the coin"?
Recently scholars have taken Indian voices more seriously, resulting in a more nuanced picture of New England’s past. Who were the Native peoples who made this land their home? How did they respond to the problematic presence of Europeans in the region? Why did White settlers view this region to be vacant wilderness? And what efforts were made by people on all sides to promote cultural understanding and come to some mutual agreement?
Inspired by these questions, the Horatio Colony Museum and New Hampshire Humanities offer a series of 2018 programs to help us view Blake’s complex story of capture and release in a new light. The upcoming "Two Sides of the Coin" project is designed to broaden public awareness about the roles of Native indigenous people in our region’s history, and paint a clearer picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance.
Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War
Author and Amherst College professor Dr. Lisa Brooks tells the multi-faceted story of this area, giving a deeper understanding of Native history and place, focusing on the area around Ashuelot, an important space in King Philip’s War and in Mary Rowlandson’s captivity narrative.
Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm, Cheshire County Court House, 33 Winter Street, Keene
Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage
Abenaki master artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan, director of the Vermont Abenaki Artist Association and archivist/tribal secretary for the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, presents a gallery talk and introduces an exhibit of Abenaki tribal garments.
Saturday, September 8, 4:30-6:00 pm Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street, Keene
For more information about these programs and the ongoing exhibit, visit www.horatiocolonymuseum.org.