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  • September 09, 2019 10:21 AM
    Message # 7871260

    Hendrick Aupaumut's Assertion of Indigenous Rights and Settle Responsibility

    Saturday, September 21

    4 - 6:30 PM

    On September 21, Historic Huguenot Street will host a program focused on the history and culture of the Munsee and Mohican people, and highlight the efforts and accomplishments of Chief Hendrick Aupaumut.

    Aupaumut was born at Stockbridge in a shared English-Mohican community. He served with the colonial forces in the American Revolution, was a traditional leader, and was instrumental to the community’s reconstruction in the wake of war and displacement.

    The evening will include an exhibit of Munsee artifacts and a recently acquired letter written by Aupaumut, an opportunity to explore HHS’s replica wigwam, complimentary sample tastings of culturally appropriate dishes made with indigenous ingredients, a reading of Aupaumut’s letter by a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an educational lecture presented by Indigenous Studies scholar Dr. Lisa Brooks, and participatory breakout sessions where attendees will be able to discuss specific topics with cultural representatives, researchers, and scholars. Image credit: HHS Archives, Gift of Mary Frances Stokes-Jansen & Richard Stokes

    The program will begin at 4:00 PM, at which time attendees will be asked to check-in at the Visitor Center. Here, guests will be able to view the letter written by Chief Hendrick Aupaumut to the New York State Legislature (circa 1790), as well as several cases of Munsee archaeological artifacts. 

    Outside of the Visitor Center, an interpreter will provide information about HHS’s replica Esopus Munsee wigwam, which was constructed in 2017. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the wigwam’s construction, as well as the history and culture of the people who lived here long before the European colonists arrived.

    At 4:30 PM attendees will be encouraged to make their way to the outdoor event tent, where they may sample indigenous dishes created by Chef Quentin Glabus before finding a seat for the program.

    Presentations will begin a 4:45 PM when the Executive Director of HHS, Liselle LaFrance, will gift a reproduction of the Aupaumut letter preserved in the archives of HHS to representatives of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians. A representative will then read the letter aloud to the audience, prior to introducing the evening’s speaker.

    Dr. Lisa Brooks, who recently won the Bancroft Award for History, will present her lecture, "Brotherhood and Belonging: Hendrick Aupaumut’s Assertion of Indigenous Rights and Settler Responsibility,” starting at approximately 5:00 PM. This talk will center on an important document, written by Aupaumut and held by Historic Huguenot Street, to frame a wider context of Indigenous rights, relationships, and writing in the late 18th century. At the conclusion of her lecture, Dr. Brooks will take questions from the audience. 

    At approximately 6 PM, there will be three breakout sessions, which will happen simultaneously. These 20-minute breakout sessions will take place under the same outdoor event tent and will be hosted by cultural representatives, researchers, and scholars. 

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