Join us on Thursday, Dec 2, for a zoom panel presentation ‘Mohican Nation in Williamstown’ with Williams professors Christine DeLucia and Margaux Kristjansson, along with Bonney Hartley, Manager of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Community’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) in Williamstown, and Williams students: Hikaru Hayakawa, Jayden Jogwe, and Gwyn Chilcoat. Presenters will share their reflections on a research project with THPO as part of an independent study program this semester. The presentation will be on zoom from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
From the students’ proposal about their project: “Mohican Nation in Williamstown: Past, Present, and Future
This Independent Study analyzes Mohican Nation’s past, present, and future. Mohican Nation is a federally recognized Tribe. In engaging in this research, the students acknowledge and be conscious of historic asymmetrical power dynamics, hardship, intergenerational trauma, and forced displacement.
This Independent Study will examine Mohican prehistory and history, and tangentially, Mohican present and future, focusing within the borders of Williamstown on the ancestral homeland of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.
One of the goals is to inform Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Williamstown residents about Mohican prehistory and history within the borders of Williamstown so that community members can incorporate this information into literature, maps, signage, monuments, tours, and/or curricula, including college courses related to Indigenous Studies. Another goal is to use these sources to pursue Stockbridge-Munsee Community-led archaeological excavations to provide more information about the Mohican prehistory and history of this land.”